If you’re a fan of LA’s most popular raging Sunday day party, XIV (pronounced “fourteen”, not “ex-eye-vee”) you can go ahead and call out of work every Monday for the remainder of the summer. Yesterday was the official opening party of the champagne-spraying, DJ-spinning, themed-outfit having day party, and what better year to have it than 20XIV?
Since XIV Sunday’s are usually a race for who can get drunk the fastest, the attire for the opening day races was appropriately themed “Derby”, so I grabbed one of my many beloved derby hats and headed over to its location on Hollywood Blvd. and Cahuenga. I tried to explain to my three girl friends who had never experienced the mayhem before what insanity was about the ensue and why we needed to get there early, but they didn’t listen to me until it was too late. Even our Uber driver was in shock at the expansive crowd of about 200 beautiful people clad in the latest summer fashions and oversized hats all trying to get into the summer’s hottest day spot.
All of Hollywood’s most notorious promotors lined the front of it, constantly texting and scanning the crowd for those they know who are lucky enough to get pulled to the front of the line, where you still have to be approved by an SBE employee. With a process based heavily on who you know, it was no surprise to see a large amount of friends and the whose-who of Hollywood already inside. The main bar is always the first stop once you’re inside — it gives you a chance to take in your surroundings of what the hell is going on, while alleviating your anxiety and shock with some alcohol served by one of extremely attractive bartenders.
The space is open, allowing sunlight in to accentuate the model-esque beauty of the majority of the guests, however the space is confined to only fit four VIP tables along each side, two in the middle, and “the pit” in front of the DJ booth on the far back side. You do not want to be in the pit unless you want to get sprayed with champagne. You do want to have a table, or know someone with a table, because if not, there’s no where to really stand without getting manhandled because there’s so many people there. I made my way up to a friend’s table which was guarded with a security guard to prevent random people from sneaking up, and got ready for the show…the shit show that is.
More bottles are bought (and consumed) at XIV than anywhere else I have ever seen. Aside from the magnum bottles of vodka, numerous bottles of champagne are purchased per table…but not to drink. To shake up and spray at everyone in front of you. The first wave of champagne bottles was brought out by girls with different tiny outfits, colored jockey helmets, and matching umbrellas atop of security guard’s shoulders, an amusing sight to see, but more importantly, an indicator for everyone who knows what’s about to happen and to either hide, or cover themselves with ponchos that you can buy in the bathrooms. Moments later streams of champagne erupted from the tables across from us, soaking everyone in the middle tables, prompting them to do the same for revenge, and getting our side of tables riled up for their turn.
As the sun sets and the day turns to night, the party doesn’t die down…it amplifies. The second that popular female DJ duo, Nervo took the turn tables, champagne literally hit the metaphorical fan. The roaring of the crowd was almost as loud as the thumping EDM music, and the smell of champagne was all that filled the air. It’s definitely something you must experience it at least once, however there’s a good chance you’ll want to do it again…and again…and again. Some may claim to hate the intense five-hour party, but it’s inevitable that you’ll end up seeing them there at some point, and their excuse will be #XIVmademedoit.
I like you. Don’t drink and drive, Uber is cheaper than a DUI.
For a more visual explanation of XIV, check out this video from last year with Nervo.
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