Bars/Nightspots in Beverly Hills area...not 'too cool for school'...
We arrive on Friday night and thought we would go and have a few beverages to ease the jetlag...as we are staying at the Bel Air can anyone name a few watering holes closeish by?
We are not after any places with velvet ropes that won't let you in because you are not wearing the latest fashions....just some cool, funky places where the crowd is a little older and you can hear yourself think....
While you're hotel bar hopping in Beverly Hills, you might stop by the venerable Beverly Hilton for one of Trader Vic's famous Mai Tais. Though the restaurant sadly closed this year, the classic cocktails live on at the scaled down Trader Vic's Lounge, poolside.
Also, if you do decide to head towards the Sunset Strip, I'd highly recommend Bar Marmont. Great drinks, great food, great vibe and, as long as you get there on the earlier side, not too sceney.
I would agree it's slim pickin's in Beverly Hills for nightlife. The town rolls up the sidewalks. However, there is plenty in adjacent towns.
One nice place in Beverly Hills is the Writer's Bar. It's inside the Raffles L'Ermitage hotel. On Burton Way near Rexford, I think. It's a cozy hotel lobby/bar that resembles a living room, with a fire place and comfy chairs. Nice, but not snooty, as the Peninsula or Nick's can be. A really relaxing spot.
the 'polo lounge' at the beverly hills hotel sounds like it might fit the bill perfectly for you, and it's actually much closer to your hotel than downtown beverly hills.
as an alternative, check out 'west,' the restaurant/lounge atop the hotel angeleno just off sunset right at the 405. it might be a little more 'trendy,' but there's no velvet rope.
oh, and welcome to los angeles! sydney is my absolute favorite city in the world...wanna trade places? :)
Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 W Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
170 N Church Ln, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Best bar in town is right in your hotel. But, if you want to go elsewhere, then head to the Beverly Hills Hotel's new bar, or to the Polo Lounge there. Another bar nearby is at Angeleno Hotel (Sunset at 405), at West (top floor).
Another idea is Avalon Hotel's bar (can you see a theme? some of LA's best bars are in our hotels - Chateau Marmont, Huntley, Viceroy, Casa del Mar...)
There isn't really anything good in Beverly Hills proper that I know of, unless if there are perhaps some hotel bars. The only place I know of that's halfway decent is Nick's Martini Lounge, which has a cool (er, literally freezing) vodka tasting room. You may as well head over to Sunset or La Cienega.