NIGHTLIFE VALLEY HOT SPOTS. AFTER DARK IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY.
The San Fernando Valley's image makeover is still in the fast lane.
Now, barhopping on foot is even possible in the Sherman Oaks-Studio City corridor. Here are some of our favorite current hot spots -- but if the velvet ropes are up, there's always Du-par's. Clear, 11916 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 980-4811: Euro-chic joint with Plexiglas barstools, padded white leather walls and rotating DJs.
Sapphire, 11938 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 506-0777: Brown leather banquettes, wood paneling and low lights make for a clubby, English atmosphere,
Coda, 5248 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 783-7518: Low-key New York-style hideaway. Look hard, there's no sign on the door. DJs spin on weekends for a hip crowd into dancing and martinis.
Guy's North, 12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 766-8311: The West Hollywood night spot now has a full-service Valley venue geared for promoted events and private show-biz parties, plus weekend dance nights.
Taboo Lounge, 20969 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 999-9928: Plush seating, dim lights and strong drinks, with theme nights including '80s, open-mic and comedy.
Match, 4657 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 766-0116: The former Thunderbird Saloon has been transformed by the folks behind Firefly into a sleek night spot popular with the studio crowd.
Mama Juana's, 3707 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City; (818) 505-8636: One of the hottest Latin clubs in town, this in-crowd joint has top-notch Afro-Cuban orchestras, top DJs and even throws in salsa dance lessons.
(color) Owner Bill Brown mingles with regulars at the Taboo Lounge in Woodland Hills.
Tom Mendoza/Staff Photographer