The newest and most exciting addition to the vibrant downtown Los Angeles scene. Created by immersive hospitality visionaries Mark and Jonnie Houston, in collaboration with Mitchell Hochberg of Lightstone Design Studio, Level 8 is a one-of-a-kind dining, drinking, and entertainment experience. Spanning the entire eighth floor of the recently launched Moxy and AC Hotel Downtown LA, Level 8 offers a maze of venues designed to provide theatrical moments at every turn. Let’s take a closer look at this unique destination in the heart of Los Angeles.
The Visionaries Behind Level 8
Mark and Jonnie Houston, known for their innovative approach to hospitality, have once again pushed the boundaries with Level 8. Collaborating with Mitchell Hochberg of Lightstone Design Studio, they have created a 30,000-square-foot space that is set to redefine the dining and entertainment scene in downtown Los Angeles. The team also enlisted the help of Undisclosable and Basile Studio to bring their vision to life.
The Venues at Level 8
Level 8 consists of eight distinct venues, each offering its own unique atmosphere and culinary delights. Let’s explore each of these venues and the experiences they offer:
The Level 8 journey begins at Mr. Wanderlust, a piano bar and jazz lounge. As you step into Mr. Wanderlust, you’ll be welcomed into a library-like space. The centerpiece is a dark oak host stand, while above, aerialists gracefully swing from a chandelier. Venture further into the lounge through a hidden passageway and discover a stage where live performances take place. Sip on expertly crafted cocktails and indulge in light bites as you immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance.
Embark on a culinary adventure at Maison Kasai, a French-Japanese teppanyaki restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Joshua Gil. Enter Maison Kasai through a secret entryway from Mr. Wanderlust. The teppanyaki tables serve as platforms where chefs prepare each course with a culinary performance. Savor the flavors of the carefully crafted dishes, complemented by a selection of sake, shōchū, and craft cocktails.
Experience the art of cooking with water at Lucky Mizu, a culinary journey curated by Chef Hisae Stuck. Lucky Mizu specializes in dishes such as shabu-shabu and seiro-mushi. Begin your journey with snacks and raw dishes, followed by a choice of seiro mushi or shabu shabu set entrée, accompanied by a variety of broths. As you dine, enjoy the mesmerizing performances of musicians playing on a 40-foot Earth Harp, creating a truly immersive experience.
Discover the diversity of South American cuisine at Qué Barbaro, a restaurant celebrating the tradition of live fire cooking. Chef Ray Garcia brings his expertise to this wood-fired open grill concept, offering a menu that perfectly balances flavors and textures. Enjoy cocktails designed to complement the cuisine and soak up the lively atmosphere of this vibrant venue.
Step into Golden Hour, a rooftop pool deck that combines the best of Miami and Copacabana vibes. During the day, relax by the pool and soak up the sun in one of the private cabanas or swing seats. As evening falls, Golden Hour transforms into an outdoor lounge with DJs and live entertainment. Don’t miss the impressive rotating carousel bar, a true spectacle visible from the street.
The Brown Sheep
The Brown Sheep is modeled after a classic street eats vehicle. This “vintage” truck invites guests to place orders at the fixed counter, recreating the experience of enjoying street food. As the sun sets, the terrace comes alive with DJs spinning tunes, providing the perfect backdrop for a quintessential Level 8 experience.
Mother of Pearl
Beyond a wall adorned with pink bougainvillea and wrought iron gates lies Mother of Pearl, a champagne and oyster bar. Chef Joshua Gil showcases locally sourced ingredients, creating innovative variations of traditional flavors. Indulge in a selection of champagne and oysters while enjoying the sophisticated ambiance of this exquisite venue.
Sinners y Santos
Celebrate the legacy of El Santo, the Mexican luchador and folk hero, at Sinners y Santos. This nightclub pays tribute to El Santo’s extraordinary career during the 1950s and ’60s. Sip on specialty agave cocktails served in ornate chalices while enjoying surprise performances that will mesmerize and entertain you throughout the night.
Level 8 in Downtown Los Angeles is a destination like no other. With its collection of unique venues, immersive experiences, and world-class culinary offerings, it promises to be the go-to spot for those seeking an unforgettable dining, drinking, and entertainment experience. Whether you’re looking for a cozy piano bar, a teppanyaki feast, or a rooftop pool deck, Level 8 has something to offer everyone. Plan your visit to Level 8 and get ready to embark on a journey of culinary delights and unparalleled entertainment.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is based on research and the author’s interpretation of the reference articles. Details and offerings may vary. Please visit the official Level 8 website for the most up-to-date information.