There was a time when the Phoenix Hotel
, and whatever restaurant/club was attached to it, had a rep as the rock star crash pad in town. From the funky '50s hotel rooms to the outdoor pool, the space hosted plenty of memorable Hollywood-to-the-north events: among them a packed private performance by then buzz boy Robbie Williams
and the Strokes
' first (boozy) SF press junket. The lounge has also had its days in the sun, with regular pool parties and L.O.W.
happy hours. But the place is going through changes--after falling under the radar for a while now, the Bambuddha Lounge at the Phoenix is closing, according to Eater
. Eater also reports that Joie de Vivre, the owners of the Lounge and the Phoenix, is looking for a buyout. Our tiny little taste of L.A. has fallen by the wayside. Although I'll always have a great final memory of the place: interviewing Trainspotting
author Irvine Welsh
, poolside.Follow us @SFAllShookDown.