Unlimited oysters, incredible performances, eccentric celebrities...poppers—you might have gone to some great parties in your time, but you’ve never been to a party like the Disco Dining Club. Launched in 2015 by professional partier and hostess extraordinaire Courtney Nichols, the bi-monthly pop-up parties (which primarily occur in Los Angeles but have popped up in cities like Berlin) “brings the warehouse scene to the dinner table” and demands that guests “consume everything.”
The best part? While a few, select VIPs receive hard copy invitations (embossed with quotes from Nichols’ favorite disco-era books), anyone can buy tickets, which run at $200 for a decadent, multi-course meal along with all-you-can-eat oysters, an open bar and “late night frivolity,” or $100 for everything except dinner.
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“The original idea came to me at 4 a.m. at a warehouse party when I turned to my friend and said, ‘I’m craving a full steak dinner right now,’” Nichols recalls. “And while not everyone on the dance floor was looking for food—they were probably looking for other substances—I thought there must be a family out there that likes to dance and eat.” She put up a post online to gauge people’s interest, and the response was immediate. The first Disco Dining Club took place at a restaurant in Silver Lake, and it blazed the trail for more parties to come. “People came in full gowns, people danced on the tabletop, I learned after that people had sex in the restroom,” she says. “People were really going for it.” After that, the parties were opened up to the public and the debauched, disco-inspired events took over private spaces where people could be as loud and depraved as they wanted.
It should be noted that while the series is certainly disco-inspired (the first year, all of the parties were themed after disco sub-genres like “Cosmic” and “Bathhouse”), this is not a throwback party. So put your platform shoes away. Nichols is breaking from the disco era entirely, while maintaining the time’s exuberant ethos. “No matter what era, there were always dancers and dreamers,” Nichols says. “So this year, we decided to theme the parties after moments of decadence throughout history, all of which built to the ultimate decadence: disco.”