LA's Private Clubs (And How to Get In)

  • 02/4/19

Glamorous Private Social Clubs Define, Intrigue, and Fascinate LA Socialites.

In the City of Angels, status can mean everything. When exclusivity creates a hierarchy of elite socialites, the culture of private clubs creates a world of its own. The history of private clubs in Los Angeles goes back for generations, and memberships are not easily acquired.

These dreamy destinations are where major influencers and the hottest faces of Hollywood come together for work, play, and relaxation. Here’s a special look into the city’s best private clubs and how they choose who’s included.


​​​​​​​1. The California Club

Founded in 1887, this leading location is LA’s most exclusive private club. Based uponclassic tradition, the California Club has a supreme reputation of luxury tracing back over a century.

The clubhouse is filled with timeless antiques, splendid imports, and a meticulously-kept building designed by famous architect Robert Farquhar. They are noted for their exquisite dining services and boundless wine cellar.

​​​​​​​The club’s mission statement focuses on upholding the elegance and character it has had from its prestigious beginnings. Their three foundational points are decorum, prestige, and dignity. Valuing class and status above all else, the California Club enforces a strict dress code and etiquette guidelines.

​​​​​​​Tending to leaders in the fields of business, industry, and government, members are decided based on esteem. Most of those included have family lineages who have been involved with the club for years and have passed on membership to their successors. For newcomers, it is by invitation only.


​​​​​​​2. Soho House West Hollywood

Only the most established are granted this access, as Soho House focuses on bringing creatives and artists together. With seventeen esteemed locations around the globe, the deciding factor for membership lies in influence—not money or status.

​​​​​​If you want a chance at joining this social circle, be a top contributor in an expressive field such as film, photography, art, fashion, or media.

One of the oldest Los Angeles social clubs, this is perhaps the most well-known club in all of California. Members have access to a private sector of the Santa Monica Beach and a towering twelve-story building in downtown LA with all the best amenities.

With focuses on prestige, influence, and activism, the Jonathan Club works to enrich the entire world. Known as a great American legacy, members include individuals and families who work to propel the community and culture into the future. Prime focuses go to innovation, education, and cultural exploration.

Membership is limited, granted only by invitation or marrying a current member. Each participant must pay an initiation fee of $30,000 and continually pay monthly dues. The club targets primary figures involved in Southern California (and often global) expansion.

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