No matter what people say about it, LA's rich with exportable resources, from movies, to fashion, to super-artsy photography that aims to capture the idyllic minutiae of everyday life, and crotch shots. Adding lounges to the list, Coco de Ville.
Beloved in LA by both stars and the people that ring up their Ed Hardy, just-into-Miami Coco's an intimate little lounge off the lobby of the Gansevoort that feels like someone's lavish parlor, with plush banquettes ringing the room and leafy lighting/shadows all over the furniture, all apparently inspired by Coco de Ville, a fictional woman "so elusive and alluring that few can claim to have seen her" -- interesting, considering she manages to have hundreds of men inside her every night. Drinks seem designed by an off-the-wagon Willy Wonka, from shots like the Root Beer Float (3 Olives Root Beer Vodka, Amaretto, Baileys, Coke) and Tootsie Pop (cherry vodka, Kahlua, and white cacao) to cocktails including Coco's Cotton Candy (Ty Ku Soju Vodka, citrus liqueur & lime, shaken & poured over...cotton candy), and one with Ketel One Citroen, muddled strawberries, mint, and Champagne called The Now, Later, and Often, also a sleepover candy mantra that'll get you on a first-name basis with your dentist. Those're bolstered by a strong roster of high-end sipping tequilas like coffee-essence'd Patron XO, Don Julio 1942, and DeLeon Diamante, which's made from a high-altitude agave found near Purisima del Rincon, a village named after the Immaculate Conception (about the only way it's gonna happen if you drink too much of it).
To fill your noggin with sweet, sweet music, Coco's tasked DJ Ross One and nightlife orchestration crew One Fifty (of Favela Chic fame); and if people care about you enough to throw you a birthday party, they'll wheel out a tower piled high with cupcakes, the perfect opportunity for your friends to take super-artsy photography of you being wildly embarrassed -- just hope your idyllic minutiae isn't showing.