LA Bar Plans to Open Members-Only Club for Vaccinated People

Los Angeles, California, Dining, Food and Drink
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The Other Door, a popular cocktail lounge in North Hollywood, has begun promoting a members-only club that requires full vaccination to join.

This exclusive club, called Risky Business, was announced by The Other Door on social media in late March and is expected to open sometime in the next week. Memberships, which come with a number of perks, currently cost $10, but that fee will increase to $20 in the future.

The most important requirement for membership, of course, will be proof of vaccination.

Member vaccination cards will be checked upon entry—just like ID cards are checked to verify age.

“We have lots of friends, especially those on the front line in the medical field, who want a place where they can hang out and unwind,” Other Door co-owner Ari Schindler told Eater. “We all know that the end of the pandemic, and the return to our normal lives, is when herd immunity is reached through vaccination. So we decided to create a place with herd immunity already in full effect, where essential workers, and eventually everyone, can return to normal now.”

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Risky Business will be able to accommodate roughly 100 patrons at a time. While not everybody likes the idea—some feel it discriminates against those who are uncomfortable getting vaccination—Schindler says the response has been mostly positive.

“We were really amazed by the hugely positive response and the flood of people seeking memberships,” he said.

The Los Angeles culinary and hospitalities industries were hard-hit by the many restrictions associated with the pandemic. However, those industries are once again showing signs of life, as the city is gradually loosening sanctions on indoor dining and other attractions.

“That we are here today is not a miracle; our recovery represents the deep commitment by hundreds of thousands of individuals and many thousands of businesses to adhering to safety measures and making sacrifices to keep each other safe,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the director of LA County’s Department of Public Health, said in a statement when the city began re-opening in March. “As we move forward, let’s remember that our re-openings are happening alongside holidays and spring break. Holiday traveling, gatherings indoors and large parties have in the past wrecked our recovery journey. Let’s not repeat past mistakes and let’s pledge to keep everyone alive until it is their turn to get vaccinated.”

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