Are you in LA looking for something to do, can’t get into The Magic Castle, or looking for something cheaper? There’s a new place in town: Black Rabbit Rose.
The magazine writing :
An amazing new magic-themed nightclub called Black Rabbit Rose is … on Hollywood Boulevard, and it looks spectacular. The Houston Brothers’ latest venture (the twins behind La Descarga and many other themed bars) features a 40-seat theater, a Thai-Chinese dinner menu, and a lounge bar with traveling magicians, exotic variety shows ( think about swallowing the sword), and burlesque dancers. The club was custom built with venues that could suddenly come to life during performances.
The rooms are filled with tributes to 19th century magicians and nestled in a century-old building. The flamboyant interior, dripping with gilding and velvet, may even remind you of the Magic Castle, less than a mile away. In a gesture of genius, the club secured the services of longtime Castle favorite Rob Zabrecky as entertainment director and occasional performer. Charles Addams could not have interpreted the role better. Zabrecky’s cadaverous pallor and his aura of foreboding create the gravity his haunting performance deserves. If you see his name on the bill, go straight to the boulevard. Pink Rabbit Black [is] open Tuesday to Saturday with paid shows ($ 25 to $ 40) Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Hollywood journalist writing :
[Black Rabbit Rose] is a new-school take on Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle, fulfilling the fantasies of the millennial crowd. … At Black Rabbit Rose, bartenders serve complicated cocktails with a side of sleight of hand. A classic Zoltar machine is designed so that staff members can predict the future from a distance. And at the back, a 40-seat theater was designed with shaky floors, false walls, and rigged lighting for the shows ($ 25 to $ 40) booked by magician Rob Zabrecky, whose hospitality work for the live show Brookledge Follies inspired Ryan Gosling to launch him in his directorial debut, Lost river. “It’s amazing how much trouble they got into with this space – the details permeate every beat,” says Paul Reubens (he and his friend David Arquette consulted on the project).
Black Rabbit Rose, 1719 N Hudson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Telephone: (323) 461-1464
The Web: blackrabbitrose.com
Photographs by Jakob Layman