Thursday, January 13, 2005

Living it in LA

Home James
Keep this number handy for nights when you've had too many martinis at Spider Club. "My colleague Jeremy and I concocted this basically because we drink a lot and we couldn't get home," proprietor James Gibb explained. Moments after your call, an actor-model type (in a mod black Mossimo suit) arrives on an Italian scooter. The bike goes in your trunk. You're driven to your door. He zooms off, no questions asked.
Home James ,(866) 26-JAMES,
Spider Club
So it's not a key to Bungalow 8. Those possessing a Spider Club card can waltz right into this club within a club, where a concierge tracks your favorite table or preferred nibble from the French bistro menu. The lush Moroccan-inspired lounge features private cabanas and VIP booths, which are perfect spots for spying Lindsay and Wilmer on the dance floor.
Spider Club, 1735 N. Vine St., (323) 462-8270
LA Dogworks
Massage. Hydrotherapy. Teeth whitening. For your dog. It's L.A., OK. Pampered pooches are lining up at this brand-new, 7,500-square-foot facility (open 24/7/365) that likens itself to a five-star resort.
LA Dogworks, 1014 N. Highland Ave., (323) 461-5151
Rika Restaurant and Diamond Lounge
Breathtaking views of the city? Check. French-Japanese fusion fare? Done. At this new Sunset Strip restaurant and lounge, order up one of the creatively presented sushi samplers (the Laurel Canyon comes on a wavy wood platter). The Oh, Melanie roll (salmon tartare wrapped in pink soy paper with tobiko crème fraîche) is named after chef Tracy Griffith's movie star sibling.
Rika Restaurant, 8590 Sunset Blvd., (310) 657-9500
Bored with Bikram? Snoozing through Pilates? Channel your inner Bond girl at this exercise-adventure camp that teaches how to take out an assailant, scale a building, and shimmy out of a tricky date. "Our mission is to alter women's lives, which sounds very kumbaya," CEO Sascha Ferguson said, "but people say it's the best thing they've ever done."
Spyschool at Absolution, 8535 Santa Monica Blvd., (310) 657-7878,
Mint Lifestyle
How's this for a shopping list: celibate nanny, Thai reggae band, and live lobsters sent cross-country. If this beck-and-call concierge service can fulfill those demands, imagine what it could do with something really difficult.
Mint Lifestyle , 101 S. Robertson Blvd., (310) 273-3225
Apartment Number 9
There is (real) beer in the fridge, and the furniture is straight-up manly. High end shopping is strictly for the boys.
Apartment Number 9, 225 26th St., (310) 394-9440

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