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Rain Nightclub to West Hollywood: The Valley Just Got Gay

Studio City’s First Upscale Gay Nightclub May Be a Game Changer in Gay Nightlife

San Fernando Valley residents are eagerly anticipating the Feb. 3, opening of the Valley’s first upscale gay nightclub, Rain Nightclub, in Studio City.  For years, residents of the Valley (who comprise at least 20% of the total population of Los Angeles) have driven “over the hill” to West Hollywood to find world class restaurants and night life; but not anymore.

“Rain is the first true destination for the gay community in the Valley,” boasts club owners Maurice Safizadeh and Mathieu McBee.  Mathieu, whose 24 years of bartending experience have taken him from Los Angeles to New Orleans, through the Midwest and across Europe, is excited to step out from behind the bar to bring a new look to gay nightlife in the Valley. 

Rain will give bar-goers fresh entertainment seven nights per week from some of Southern California’s top promoters and tastemakers, including Candis Cayne (ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money”), TJ Espinoza (Britney Spears World Tour; Beso Hollywood), Paul Nicholls (Hype Popstarz), Andrew Gruver (The Abbey), DJ Drew G (Dirty Pop), Dan De Leon and the creators of Girl Bar & Neon Blackout.  Patrons will enjoy everything from drag shows, musicals and acoustic sets, to '80s, '90s and top 40 hits and electronic dance music. 

Rain features a custom, state-of-the-art video and sound system designed by renowned nightclub impresario Maurice Safizadeh (who created Prince and the Revolution hang-out and Sting’s favorite Hollywood hot-spot Spice Lounge).  In addition to its entertainment, Rain features a world class Cuban-inspired tasting menu born from a collaboration between celebrated chefs Raphael Gamon (Cher’s longtime private chef; PrivateChef.com), and Joey Santos (Celebrity Chef and owner of WellDoneCatering.com).  

Rain Nightclub (www.facebook.com/rainonventura) is located at 12215 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604, adjacent to the famed Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant.  Ample parking is provided in the complex.

Rain will be open nightly at 5 pm for cocktails, food, and entertainment.  Happy hour specials will be available seven days a week until 10pm.  

Grand opening is Friday, February 3, 2012.  For further information or VIP reservations, contact Mathieu at mathieu@rain-la.com.

Irene DeBlasio January 18, 2012 at 03:26 PM
If RAIN is anything like our old Queen Mary it'll be a smash.
LABornAndRaised January 18, 2012 at 06:15 PM
What used to be at this location?
Joanna January 18, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Some club named Aria or something. I bartended at the Queen Mary for years, so much fun!
Irene DeBlasio January 18, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Queen Mary had it all -- great people (Joanna, many thanks)!
Jeff January 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM
How do these establishments feel in general if heterosexual couples go for drinks and/or dinner?
Irene DeBlasio January 19, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Jeff, They're not just for gays anymore!
Brittani Breanne January 20, 2012 at 09:47 PM
The place is so full of energy & Happy people, everyone is so cool and down to earth, your sure to fit in no matter what u are! Plus there are private rooms if you want to enjoy a little personal time ! Everything in that place is Entertaining from the Art and decor to the people and lights , your sure to have a good time !!
David Sofer February 04, 2012 at 05:07 PM
My friends and I went to the Grad Opening on Friday February 3rd and had an AMAZING time!!! Texted our guest list and didn't have to wait in the long queue. The place was jumping and the music was hot courtesy of DJ Travis Garland, American Idol fame. The DJ werked a nice mix of hip hop, top 40 and dance classics that truly left this clubber gagging. The crowd was a great mix of young hipsters and cool artsy types from the Valley and WeHo. Ms. Coco Peru was there rockin' her Kathy Griffin, or should I say Kathy griffin was rockin' the Coco Peru, gurl has been at it for ages. We had to wait a bit for drinks as the bar staff looked like they were getting the kinks worked out on opening night. Matthew, one of the owners and a hunky bartender to boot, was great and attentive to our libation requirements for the evening. I will definitely be back to this local watering hole, maybe you'll see me there tonight for night #2 of the Grand Opening. David Sofer
Polly Braiwick August 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Is there a dance floor/dancing?
Lora G October 20, 2012 at 09:02 AM
Hi Joanna & Irene... This is Lora G from Club Shine, need to talk to you about the QM...something interesting... reach me right away: clubshine.net or lauraenterprises1@gmail.com (FYI, I'm friends Max, Marlayna, Frank)
Lora G October 20, 2012 at 09:03 AM
Hi Joanna & Irene... This is Lora G from Club Shine, need to talk to you about the QM...something interesting... reach me right away: clubshine.net or lauraenterprises1@gmail.com (FYI, I'm friends Max, Marlayna, Frank)

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