A locals-approved weekend party sans bridge-and-tunnel bim/himbos

LA.com, 2007

Get ready for your close-up at PYT, where the city’s coterie of artsy-fartsy Eastsiders and Hollywood stylists line up to get their mugs snapped by fave night-owl photog Jiro Schneider. His over-the-top set up of lights, large-scale backdrop and Madonna-circa-“Vogue” attitude (think America’s Next Top Model, not Glamour Shots by Deb) makes every hepcat at Jimmy’s Lounge look like a tragically hip Kate Moss or Pete Dougherty.

Jiro Schneider’s amazing after-dark portraits from PYT

Jiro Schneider’s amazing after-dark portraits from PYT

Resident DJ Desert Eagles spins a menagerie of high-energy mash ups inside on the disco-balled dance floor, while the less mobile grab a seat in the cushy leather booths across the bar or under the covered patio outside. The night’s vibe mixes the low lighting and friends-of-friends requirement of a neighborhood dive with the antics and outfits found at Cinespace Tuesdays, minus the hipper-than-thou stigma. When taking a break from a balls-out dance-a-thon, sneak a drink from one of the two bars and stick around the smoking patio out back—the stripper pole makes for a good conversation starter. If you forgot to RSVP, make sure to schmooze PYT’s promoters MFG and GracieCakes as it’s at their discretion whether you get in. –Alexis Johnson

6202 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038

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