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weilin Jul 26, 2007 04:03 PM

Fellow chowhounds:

I call upon your wisdom once again. This time, yours truly has a date at "Nook" tomorrow for dinner. But because Nook closes at 10 PM. I would like to find a place with comfortable couches or someplace with a relaxing atmosphere to sit and talk. Preferably a place that has a nice ambiance and soft piano or jazz music playin in the background. Please help. Thanks.

  1. PinotPlease Jul 26, 2007 04:28 PM

    Not sure about the music, but cozy and vibe-y with great cocktails would be the bar at Maison 140 on Lasky behind the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. comfy chairs and Chinoiserie style. It's a great chill spot.

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    1. re: PinotPlease
      hrhboo Jul 26, 2007 04:31 PM

      That sounds cool, I'll keep it in mind. Most loungy places are packed on Friday nights and usually turn clubby, so it's difficult to find somewhere relaxing. Maison 140 sounds great.

      I really love the bar at The Culver Hotel, it's reasonably chill with great atmosphere.

      1. re: PinotPlease
        mollyomormon Jul 26, 2007 04:38 PM

        This is an awesome suggestion! I love that place and your post reminds me that I need to go back soon.

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          weilin Jul 26, 2007 05:05 PM

          molly, which suggestion were u talking about maison 140 or the Culver Hotel. By the way, thanks alot you guys. Knew I could count on you!!!

          1. re: weilin
            mollyomormon Jul 26, 2007 05:08 PM

            I was talking about Maison 140. I haven't been to Culver Hotel, but hrhboo always has spot on recommendations so I'm sure that's great as well.

            1. re: mollyomormon
              hrhboo Jul 26, 2007 05:10 PM

              Thanks, yours always are too!

              I think the Culver Hotel bar is significantly less chill now that there are so many restaurants in the area, so Maison 140 sounds better.

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        donnival Jul 26, 2007 05:29 PM

        The Wilshire has a nice bar in the front and a gorgeous semi-covered (how would you describe those white sail-things?) patio with a cozy lounge in the far back half.

        It's technically a restaurant as well but I go there primarily for drinks. Friday night might be a vicious scene though ... but I've been there on Friday and Saturday nights and seats are not necessarily hard to come by.

        I have to check out Maison 140 now ... thanks for the heads-up!

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        Wilshire Restaurant
        2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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        1. re: donnival
          Foodandwine Jul 26, 2007 06:21 PM

          OP what time are you going. masion 140 is very very small and typically it is packed after 10 on a FRIDAY. I would go there anyway for the cool franco asian vibe and you may find a seat on the couchettes. I dont tink the whole place seats more than 15 people.. otherwise it wont be a total loss the penninsula has a nice lobby and you can order drinks or teas or a fruit plate.. enjoy and have fun.. oh and yes if you are dining at the nook be prepared to pay $30 for two martinis with tip at 140.. But in my opinion its work it if you get the seats as no on will bother you to leave.. and also the Friar Club is next door to ( well around the corner ) she will think you are a total player with this line up.. haha

          1. re: Foodandwine
            hrhboo Jul 26, 2007 06:23 PM

            Loews, Shutters and The Merigot all have nice lobby bars that will be quieter than most restaurant lounges.

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