Bardot is a restaurant, lounge and dance club located above the famed Avalon nightclub in Hollywood. It is smaller than Avalon, with a much warmer and intimate 1920's speakeasy atmosphere, and draws a more elite clientele. This location used to be the Moroccan-themed Spider Club before a 2008 make-over. Confusingly, they moved the Spider name downstairs to the after-hours club at Avalon, Spider After Dark.
Part of Bardot is an open air lounge where smoking is permitted. Unfortunately, the gaps in the covered roof really don't offer enough ventilation, and you have to walk through this smoky area to get to the interior lounge and dance floor. Bardot has no cover charge, but you need to be on the guest list to get in. It's not as hard as it sounds. You just need to call the reservation number and leave your name and the number in your party.
Bardot is frequently used for private Hollywood parties, which may limit access to the general public, but sometimes the public is let in at the end of the party, giving ordinary folks the chance to rub shoulders with some famous faces.