Whether it’s a long list of membership requirements, contacts to know, or dollar signs, these über exclusive places make it almost impossible for most people to get into.
1. The Oaks, Calabasas
Justin Bieber’s House in The Oaks, Calabasas
Want to go to Justin Bieber‘s house party, or take pictures of celebrity homes? Too bad, you can’t, because they all (mostly) live in one of the most highly secured, private neighborhoods in California, The Oaks, Calabasas. It’s like their own little city, dubbed the Hidden Hills inside of an actual city. If you’re lucky enough to get an invite to one of the Bieb’s famous ragers, you’ll be required to sign a waver at the door that says if you take pictures or even speak of his party he’ll sue you for $10k. No wonder why they always get shut down.
Other celebs that live in this exclusive community include Tommy Lee, Brandy, Kendra Wilkinson, The Kardashians (ew), Nikki Sixx, Denise Richards, Jennifer Lopez, Drake, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne, and a whole lot more.
2. Soho House, London, New York, Hollywood, Dublin, Prague, Miami, Berlin, Toronto
The Rooftop Garden at Soho House West Hollywood
The first Soho House was started in London in 1995 for people in the entertainment industry only, which is why you’re pretty much guaranteed to see a celebrity if you go there. That is, if you can get into one. To gain membership, you must be affiliated with the entertainment industry in some way, and get recommended by two existing members. Your application will then be reviewed by the membership committee which meets every three months, and if you aren’t accepted, you’re put on the waiting list…which can take up to two years. If you are accepted, you may then proceed to pay the $1-5k membership fee per year depending on which house you are accepted to.
3. The Norwood Club, Manhattan NY
The Garden Wall at The Norwood Club, NY
This is one of the newest private clubs in New York, and has a more indie and artistic vibe than the classic, older institutions. It also operates at a faster pace, even having bars where famous DJs spin or string quartets play (talk about diversity). There’s a screening room, event space, private dining room, and a walled garden in addition to the restaurant and three lounge bars. Gaining membership is all about who you are, and who you know in the “creative-type” circle in New York, and those granted membership can expect to pay an easy $1k per year.
4. “No Name” Lounge, Hollywood, CA
It isn’t called “No Name Lounge”, that’s just what I have to call it to describe it because this place is so exclusive…that it doesn’t even have a name. Not only does it lack a name…but it also lacks any contact information whatsoever. That’s right, try Googling it, it has no address, no phone number, no website, and definitely no social media accounts. That’s because it’s created by and intended solely for artists, with about eight of them having equal ownership along with a personalized booth, including Olivia Wilde. If a musician happens to stop in, they will likely do a random performance on the lounge’s mini stage in the front, or head upstairs for a recording sesh in the fully equipped recording studio.
Oh and by “happens to stop in”, I mean if you happen to get invited by one of the owners, and are approved by security through a looking window on the nameless door on Fairfax Ave.
5. White’s Gentleman’s Club, London
White’s Gentleman’s Club, London
This is one of the oldest most exclusive members-only club’s in the world and said to be frequented by Prince Harry. That’s about all you need to know since you have to essentially be male and some sort of royalty to even be considered for membership. Lame.
The Beach Club and Spa at El Dorado, Cabo San Lucas
You would probably love this spa if you could go to it. Which, you can if you can comply with the membership requirements of owning one of the minimum $3 million houses on the property in addition to a $10k membership fee. Celebs like Jennifer Anniston and George Clooney frequent here, and there’s no question why…it’s paradise. I heard about it through a client of mine (Nurse Jamie) who is the exclusive consultant to the spa there and offers extremely rare treatments like 24K Gold baths.
7. Yacht Club de Monaco
Yacht Club de Monaco during Yacht Week
Established by the Prince of Monaco in 1953, this prestigious yacht club has been a favorite gathering place for jet-setting yachters for years. It only has about 800 members who can enjoy clubhouse benefits, but those who aren’t are strictly prohibited.
8. Club 33, Disneyland, CA
The only full liquor bar in Disneyland is in Club 33
I’m not entirely sure why anyone would want to pay $25k a year to get an exclusive membership to this restaurant/lounge located in Disneyland, but apparently it’s a big deal. Most major celebs have a membership already but there’s a 14 year waiting list for those who don’t. It’s literally located smack in the middle of the New Orleans area of Disneyland and has a full liquor license and a ridiculously expensive menu.
9. The Beach Club, Palm Beach, Florida
Old World Charm at The Beach Club in Palm Beach, FL
For those into classic American prestige, The Beach Club on Palm Beach Island oozes it. Previously frequented by John F. Kennedy and Jackie-O (and his mistresses, one of which I happened to meet while I was there), The Beach Club still maintains it’s prominently upper class, old money, membership requirements. You actually can’t even apply for one, you have to be invited and have two member sponsors, and two letters of recommendation from other current members. Oh, and you have to live on Palm Beach Island.
10. Armani Privé, Milan
The Most Fashionable Club in the World? Armani Privé, Milan
Considering that the word Privé means “exclusive”, I think this one is pretty explanatory. It’s Giorgio Armani’s exclusive new members-only nightclub in Milan and a hot spot for celebs like Beyoncé and other Hollywood legends.
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