The Bacchus announces its arrival by celebrating the physical intersection and interaction between art and joyful madness. Decked out in the finest of faux renaissance gild, the venue is the archetype of a tumultuous marriage between kitsch and royal wealth. Enter and be greeted by one of the two madams who hold reign over this small queendom; a former room salon spun on its heels through the directed intentions of the new management.
As a room salon, the Bacchus was defined by a decade of prosperous men who rented out one of the eight private rooms, seeking the company of a hostesses who entertained, perhaps smudging the boundaries of legality. The old rooms will be serviced by new purposes, purposes fraught with addressing the unique architecture and history of the venue while tackling the almost oxymoronic fight to be both artistically stimulating and at the same time, accessible and entertaining.
The small venue with a capacity of 200 boasts a spacious foyer for a DJ set. Live performances, video art, installations, and artist boudoirs will be interspersed among the different rooms. The Bacchus aspires to be a destination location for an area that is more typically defined by bodegas by day, and a grimy, still uncertainty by night. Located on the northeast corner of Pico and Crenshaw, the space has been generously donated by the landlords, in a move evocative of the Phantom Galleries LA, which transforms vacant storefronts into temporary public art galleries.