Hard Rock Bar Mitzvahs - Hollywood Florida
Gryphon Night Club @ Hard Rock Hotel
5707 Seminole Way Davie, FL 33314
(954) 581-5454 website
Located in the epicenter of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s entertainment complex, Gryphon nightclub has redefined South Florida’s nightlife landscape. Created by John J. Surgent and famed nightclub empresario Michael Ault (SpyBar), (Chaos Soho, South Beach, San Paulo), (Tatou NYC, Aspen, Beverly Hills), MercBar, Pangaea (NYC, London, Marbella, Spain) and who has been called “the heaviest name in the party industry”, by the New York Daily News and “The King of New York Nightlife” by Variety magazine. The Gryphon and it’s sister club Pangaea deliver the ultimate nightlife experience through a successful mix of two sensational yet distinctive concepts transformed into one vibrant nightspot. Featuring world renowned DJ’S, spectaular dancers, hosts of percussionists, and a state-of-the-art Funktion-One sound system and Martin Mac lighting system. Gryphon nightclub has welcomed numerous celebrities through its doors including Kid Rock, Jamie Fox, Dennis Rodman, Joanna Krupa, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.
Named after a mythological creature that symbolizes the domination of both the earth and the sky, the Gryphon’s architecture transports its visitors into a mysterious and seductive fantasy world by combining stylish, innovative and modern design elements highlighted by a dramatic steel rod cieling installation that envelops the discotheque. The Gryphon’s main level features a central sunken European-style dance floor flanked by exquisite banquettes and two distinctive bars. The elevated VIP area, which can also be booked for private functions, is separated from the main room by a color shifting opaque hedge colonnade inspired by the Cirque De Soliel performance of “O”. The VIP area is strictly for table service and includes its own private entrance way, bar, restrooms and security.
Party Like a (Bar Mitzvah)
Most parents are
willing to do anything to make their kids’ dream bar or bat mitzvah
celebration come true, even if it means fulfilling rock-star ambitions
— be they genuine or virtual.
If your son or daughter
spends hours in the garage jamming on a guitar with friends or in front
of the television on guitar-shaped peripherals playing games like “Guitar
Hero” or “Rock Band,” venues around Southern florida are ready
and willing to host rock-themed bar or bat mitzvah celebrations.
House of Blues Sunset, the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, the Knitting
Factory and Level 3 in Hollywood, and downtown’s Club Nokia and Grammy
Museum at L.A. Live are among some L.A. rock destinations opening their
doors for simchas. Room rentals range from as little as $500 to as much
as $20,000, and setup and pricing systems vary between the venues.
As with any celebration,
factors to consider include occupancy limits, catering, staffing and
parking. But since your newly minted son or daughter of the commandment
wants to live in the limelight a little longer, it’s also important
to consider essentials like lighting, a sound system as well as a digital
projector and screen.
When can we have
The House of Blues, the Knitting Factory, Club Nokia, the Saban Theatre
and the Grammy Museum offer private parties seven days a week, day or
night, depending on what’s already booked for that week. Level 3 Hollywood
cannot rent the venue on Saturday evenings from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. because
of an ongoing promotion with local radio station 102.7 KIIS-FM, which
broadcasts live from the venue during those hours; their busiest bar/bat
mitzvah times are Sundays 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
How long do we
have the room?
At the House of Blues, a basic party is a four-hour event combined with
a two- to three-hour lead time for load-in and setup. If the event is
extremely large, the club is even willing to allow for a full day of
loading, if necessary. A 2 a.m. closing time is the only absolute deadline
at the Knitting Factory; the party must be wrapped up by then. Club
Nokia, Level 3 Hollywood and the Saban Theatre have nothing set in stone,
so times are negotiable. And a three-hour window is the preferred time
span for rentals at the Grammy Museum.
How many people
Can We accommodate?
Whether you have 20 friends or as many as 2,000, the House of Blues
can comfortably fit all of them. Your range of friends can be 100-1,000
if you wish to take them to the Knitting Factory. The VIP room at Club
Nokia can hold 50-350 people, but you can also pack in more than 2,300
people if you combine the VIP area with the main floor. The maximum
capacity of Level 3 Hollywood is 600 guests, but even 200 people makes
for a nice-sized party with ample room to dance and roam around. The
lobby of the Saban Theatre can accommodate 500 guests comfortably. The
Grammy Museum and its terrace combined house 400 partygoers.
How much will
Each venue sets their own standard for a basic rental cost so let’s
begin with the starting prices. For the House of Blues Sunset, their
daytime rates start at $5,000 for the Foundation Room or Porch Restaurant
and $7,500 for their famous music hall. Their nighttime events start
at $10,000 for the Foundation and Porch rooms, and the main hall can
be yours for $15,000. The Knitting Factory has three rooms available
with 21 different starting prices, but as a general guideline they have
rooms starting at $1,100 and can go as high as $20,000 based on which
room it is and what day it is. Club Nokia sets their price range from
$500 to $15,000 depending on how fancy you want to get. Level 3 Hollywood
has a basic rental price of $4,000. The Saban Theatre begins its pricing
at $2,500 for the lobby alone. And you can set up shop at the Grammy
Museum, including the terrace, for the beginning rate of $12,500.
What does all that money include?
For the House of Blues, the special events prices include all of their
staff — from cocktail and food servers to bartenders and security.
It also includes their tables, chairs, linens and props. The Knitting
Factory tailors the event to suit your needs, so depending on what you
want, they can most likely give you what you need and ignore what you
don’t. Club Nokia gives you a four-walls rental, which includes all
staffing and equipment. A rental at Level 3 Hollywood provides the venue,
security and staffing for each event. Because they do not have a lighting
and sound technician regularly on staff, an additional fee is required
for this. The Saban Theatre’s rental fee is for use of the space only,
but they do give special discounts to nonprofit organizations. Custodial,
steward or security fees are an additional cost. The Grammy Museum gives
you access to its space, but charges extra for insurance, wireless Internet,
information technology support, extra staffing or entertainment and
Is access to
the stage, soundand lighting systems included?
If you rent out the music hall or do a whole-house buyout at the House
of Blues, that guarantees the use of their state-of-the-art sound and
lighting system, which is operated by their in-house production team.
However, there is an additional production fee depending on what the
setup is. At the Knitting Factory, each room has its own stage with
a lighting and PA system, so there are many options. They also have
a video exhibition system including drop-down screens with digital projectors.
Rentals include access to all the technology except for their in-house
HD camera system. The standard sound and lighting package is included
in basic costs for Club Nokia, Level 3 Hollywood and the Grammy Museum.
The Saban Theatre negotiates the cost of sound and lighting system access
according to the specifics of the event.
Can we play ‘Guitar
Hero,’and does it cost more for the projection screen?
Denise Ronayne from the House of Blues said, “Our stage and venue
is the perfect spot for ‘Guitar Hero’ or ‘Rock Band.’ We have
done this here many, many times and the guests love it.” And happily,
there is no additional cost for the projection screen.
Melissa Goodman from the Knitting Factory points out that, “We have
the ability to set up for any screening, video games or presentations.
However, for our smallest room, the Alterknit Lounge, screens must be
Club Nokia’s rep, Mark Girton, said that they can provide a “Guitar
Hero”-equipped area as needed, but they do not have a projection screen,
so one must be brought in at an additional fee.
Julie Briggs of Level 3 Hollywood is proud of the three screens over
their dance floor and stage area. “There are also three plasma TVs
at the entrance and two large spheres over the bar that project images.
If you bring any DVD, they can route these images to any or all of these,”
she said. They also have six Gobo lights to project any band logos.
These high-tech gadgets are the reason that an additional fee is necessary
for a tech expert.
The Saban Theatre has access to a movie screen that runs the width of
the stage, and they do not charge extra for its usage.
The Grammy Museum also has the ability to set up for some rockin’
out to “Guitar Hero.”
Is catering included?
The House of Blues has three kitchens and two restaurants, and offers
a wide variety of menu options for any private event, but they do allow
some outside caterers to come in to host parties if so desired. The
Knitting Factory typically does not allow any outside catering unless
there is a kosher requirement. They have an exclusive partnership with
a premiere Hollywood caterer that provides all their catering. Wolfgang
Puck is the exclusive caterer for Club Nokia and the Grammy Museum.
Level 3 Hollywood can provide a kitchen for an outside caterer or the
restaurant next door is willing to provide any food needs. Kosher caterers
are often brought in for Level 3 Hollywood events. Outside caterers
are allowed at the Saban Theatre, but any caterer you plan on using
must provide a certificate of insurance. Also keep in mind that for
all venues, these fees do not include alcohol. If you want to keep the
adults at the party happy with alcohol, you will have to shell out more
money, and the amount will vary depending on whether it’s beer and
wine or the hard stuff.
What about parking?
Valet service is offered at the House of Blues. For daytime events,
the parking is $10 per car and it goes up to $15 for nighttime events.
The parking at the Knitting Factory is handled by an outside company
so they can help arrange for parking in the complex’s four-level parking
structure, but they do not offer valet parking. For Level 3 Hollywood,
parking at the Hollywood and Highland complex is fairly easy. With a
validation from their venue, there is no charge for self-parking. Without
a validation, there is a $2 charge for a four-hour period, with a maximum
of $10 per day. There is also a $10 charge if you want the valets to
park your vehicle. For Saban Theatre parking, the surrounding garages
charge $10-$15 per car. At the Grammy Museum, parking is not included
in the rental price, but they do have the ability to tack on validations
for guests if it’s within the planner’s budget. That price will
vary between $10-$20 per car. At Club Nokia, parking is not included
in the basic rental cost. Parking at surrounding lots ranges from $5-$25
How far in advance
do we need to book the venue?
The best thing to do for any venue, no matter what timetable you have,
is to call and ask. But six to 12 months is a standard amount of notice
for the House of Blues. Four to five months before is good enough for
a Knitting Factory booking. For Club Nokia, certain parts of the year
are busier than others. The staff at Level 3 Hollywood said they are
used to the “drop-of-a-hat nature of Hollywood” and have accommodated
last-minute bookings, but most clients prefer to book from four to six
months out. The Saban Theatre’s Esther Adir said their availability
varies — “We have had a wedding in the rotunda that was only booked
four days in advance.” And Marcie Booth of the Grammy Museum said
about booking, “The earlier the better.”
The main thing to
keep in mind with any venue you choose is that all of them are willing
to negotiate for the specific needs of the event. They want to please
the guests, so don’t be afraid to make special requests. And don’t
forget to have fun yourself — because for at least one day, you will
be the proud parent of a world-famous rock star.
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