About The Bachelors
The Bachelors was formed in 1905, in downtown Los Angeles, by a group of unmarried men for the sole purpose of throwing a dinner dance to repay some social obligations to their friends. The group brings together approximately 75 men at least 25 years of age, who have never been married. It antedates not only the Depression, but also Prohibition, the Scopes trial, Aimee Semple McPherson, the Great War, and the sinking of the Titanic.
The inception of The Bachelors came about in Dr. Frick’s office in the Wilcox Building where the first members’ list was set forth. The first Stag Dinner was held at the Van Nuys Hotel. The first of The Bachelors’ Balls, known at that time as “The Bachelor Cotillions,” was held at Kramer’s Hall, which was the only battlefield available.
Locales of the Annual Ball have been at Kramer’s, Goldberg’s Assembly Rooms, The California Club, the Alexandria Hotel, The Ambassador Hotel, the Los Angeles Country Club, the Biltmore Hotel, and since 1959, the Beverly Hilton Hotel. In reference to the 1994 Bachelors Ball, Los Angeles Times columnist Mary Lou Loper wrote:
“It’s sad the way some traditions fall apart and vanish. But not The Bachelors Ball…A crowd of nearly 600 came frocked in fancy dress, danced with abandon, and generally overindulged as only the young can. It’s something the group has done for 89 years since a small group of single men collaborated to host a party to return social invitations. This was before men cooked.” [Now that they’ve seen our cooking, our friends would rather have us invite them to the Ball! -ed.]
The active members of The Bachelors are proud custodians of our unique tradition. Despite its 109-year heritage in Los Angeles, not until 1994 did The Bachelors’ membership exceed 1,000 members. So the actual percentage chance of being a member of The Bachelors in a city of 12 million is quite low.