by Kasie L. on
so there's a special announcement on rateclubs that vault xxi is closed for a special event right now...and that's because we're in here! over 110 guests arrived tonight for a celebratory reception in honor of a mentor/friend who was just appointed to the l.a. superior court. pork sliders, gigantic cocktail shrimp (excellent!), fruit & cheese skewers, bruschetta in martini glasses, deviled mushrooms & olives were served from 6 p.m. to close to 8 p.m. this was the first major event i planned for my org, so i was fairly nervous bc i was working with a short time frame and a number of dignitaries on the guest list. vault xxi was the first place i called, and within a couple of conversations, we worked out a menu that accomodated our budget. i checked in with them again with an updated number of guests just two days before the event, and they were set to go. what a breeze. today, i arrived a couple hours early anxious over the possibility of last-minute mishaps. i walked in and saw that they had moved the furniture around to turn the restaurant into a more reception-like setting. everything looked chic. their small private dining room was transformed into a private lounge area. the front area of the larger room was emptied for our audio / deejay equipment. their reception desk was cleared so that we could use it to check in our guests. our guests started to trickle in at 5 p.m., even though we only booked the place from 6-9. though the restaurant crew was still setting up and preparing food, they called in the bartenders, who started pouring drinks to accomodate our earlybirds. we didn't have a platform for our speakers, and the manager, rex, actually lugged out a box that their go-go dancers dance on during their club nights. that's how accomodating they were! still, during her speech, her honor refused to stand on it. i received compliments on the venue the entire night. parking (in the adjacent structure) was free for all guests, the location is central, and it's in little tokyo (the new judge is japanese). i think vault will likely be considered by other groups for similar events. i was too busy to eat last night, but i've been here for other events in the past, and the quality of their food is solid. except for the deviled mushrooms - totally unpopular. my favorite is the kobe sliders. the one complaint i did hear was that there wasn't enough food. there was enough for everyone to try everything, but i think some wanted seconds and thirds. more food would have bumped this 4 to a 5. for $12 per person + tax & tip + $3 beers and $6 well drinks + delicious food + chic ambience, you can't really go wrong holding your event at vault.
by Earlene C. on
Five star venue!! Elegant trendy spot, one of the nicest I've seen in the City. Classy, clean and professional. *I like the coat check system, first thing that greets you when you walk in. *The nice aroma of the place, no funk smell that other clubs in the City can have. *Service was fast at the bar and if you put your drink down when you're done, someone is there to clean up. *Interesting unisex bathroom system with helpful attendants manning the bathroom traffic line flow. *Not stuffy! The music however... on the night we came wasn't what any of us expected. House music, with pure base. I suddenly forgot how to dance! It felt like a high class rave! Regardless, we had a good time, enjoying each other's company. I'd come back, but on another night, with HIP HOP please!! I'd even settle for top 40! Overall, its nice to have swanky clubs like this in the City :)