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Champagne-Drenched Affair Features Step and Repeat Red Carpet Arrival

DEL MAR, CALIF. – L’Auberge Del Mar is gearing up to celebrate Opening Day at the Del Mar Race Track with its 6th Annual Opening Day After Party on Thursday, July 17. Always one of the hottest tickets in town, the entire hotel is transformed into a sophisticated party by the sea with music, cocktails, culinary treats and ocean views. New for this year is the debut of CLUB 1540, an exclusive, limited-access night club within the party.
“Our Opening Day After Party is always one of the most highly anticipated events of the season,” said Bob Harter, director of sales and marketing. “This year promises to be even better with the addition of CLUB 1540 for guests who want to mix and mingle at the main event, but also enjoy the intimacy of a private, VIP lounge with exclusive offerings.”
To create the seductive CLUB 1540, the hotel will transform KITCHEN 1540 into a limited access night club with live musicians, avant-garde dancers and celebrity desk jockey, DJ Naka G. L’Auberge brings Hollywood glitz to the Del Mar race season as CLUB 1540 guests enter through a private entrance along a step and repeat red carpet into a stylish scene complete with sophisticated lighting and décor and modern lounge seating. This VIP party includes complimentary champagne from 7 to 9 p.m., signature spirits, VIP service, and access to the main party. Executive Chef Brandon Fortune has designed a special menu of tray passed culinary creations that include his signature shrimp and grits, curried pork cheek gumbo and mini baked bread pudding among other favorites. Tickets for CLUB 1540 are $500 per person and are limited to just 200 guests.
Guests at the main party enjoy a multi-level night scene that flows throughout the hotel with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean at nearly every vantage point. Party-goers can dance the night away as they groove to music by Southern California DJ FishFonics and DJ Gabe Vega. L’Auberge Del Mar mixologists will be pouring the best drinks in town and the hotel’s culinary team will offer an expanded menu of complimentary party food. A selection of private cabanas are available for purchase at the main party and allow party-goers to enjoy VIP amenities including club-style seating and personal wait staff to attend to every need.
VIP Cabanas at the main party can be reserved by calling (858) 793-6437. Guests must be 21 years or over. Tickets can be purchased online at For information, call 858-259-1515.
NEW FOR 2014... Introducing CLUB 1540 "The Club within the Party". For just one night we are transforming Kitchen1540 into a very exclusive, limited access, nightlife experience; CLUB 1540. Live musicians and celebrity disk jockey, DJ Naka G, provide a spirited vibe, while avant-garde dancers, sophisticated lighting and décor, and celebrities round out the scene. Tray passed eats from the new KITCHEN 1540 menu (see offerings below), hosted champagne, signature spirits, and of course, ultra VIP service will keep you pampered all night long. Enjoy a private CLUB 1540 entrance, And with your CLUB 1540 ticket, you will have full access to the main party too. This will be the party of the year!
CLUB 1540 Menu: Moët & Chandon champagne hosted for the first two hours, followed by tray passed Yellow Pepper Soup Shooters, Asparagus & Grilled Wild Ramps, Cold-Smoked Trout with Organic Beets, Shrimp & Grits, Curried Pork Cheek "Gumbo", and finishing with our signature Mini Baked Bread Pudding.
About Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Since its break from the gate in 1937, Del Mar has earned its place as one of the prestige Thoroughbred racing venues in the world. It was built by a partnership including Bing Crosby, actors Pat O'Brien, Gary Cooper, Joe E. Brown, Charles S. Howard and Oliver Hardy and when Del Mar opened, Bing Crosby was at the gate to personally greet the fans. On August 12, 1938, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club hosted a $25,000 winner-take-all match race between Charles S. Howard's Seabiscuit and the Binglin Stable's colt, Ligaroti, in an era when horse racing ranked second in popularity with Americans to Major League Baseball. Each summer season, Del Mar combines world-class Thoroughbred racing with exciting entertainment and promotions from rock n’ roll concerts to premium giveaways and family events to create a heart-pounding experience for everyone. For the past thirteen years, Del Mar has ranked among the top North American racetracks in total daily average attendance. For more information, visit

About L’Auberge Del Mar

Located in the heart of the coastal Southern California village Del Mar, L'Auberge Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean offering a resort experience reminiscent of a private seaside estate. This intimate hotel, presents 121 guest rooms and suites, refreshing dining options, a full service beach house-style 5,000-square-foot spa, a private path for easy beach access, tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center and a peaceful pool area with leisure and whirl pools. An array of dining and drink selections includes the award-winning KITCHEN 1540, Coastline for waterfront al fresco dining, the lively poolside Bleu Bar for libations and nibbles and The Living Room Bar, a hub for socializing and people watching, serving handcrafted cocktails and tasty appetizers. For more information, please visit


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