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Bars/Nightspots in Beverly Hills area...not 'too cool for school'...

beckymaefromsydney Sep 16, 2007 05:35 PM

Hi again!

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....

Thanks guys!

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    brandygirl Sep 18, 2007 12:36 PM

    Yogachik is right--you have a fabulous bar right at your hotel. Another hotel bar I love that was also mentioned here is at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.

    1. wutzizname Sep 16, 2007 11:32 PM

      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.

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        scoot Sep 16, 2007 07:56 PM

        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.

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          chris1621 Sep 17, 2007 10:11 PM

          If you head over that way, you might want to check out the hotel bar at the Four Seasons on Doheny. Great atmosphere as well and great service.

        2. goodhealthgourmet Sep 16, 2007 06:59 PM

          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? :)

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          Beverly Hills Hotel
          9641 W Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          Hotel Angeleno
          170 N Church Ln, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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            goodhealthgourmet Sep 16, 2007 09:10 PM

            if you do go to beverly hills, i heartily second the rec for the bar at 'maison 140' on lasky drive. terrific little spot.

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            Maison 140
            140 S Lasky Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
              mollyomormon Sep 16, 2007 11:29 PM

              I third this rec. One of my favorite little bars in LA and sounds like exactly what you're seeking.

              I wouldn't head to the Sunset Strip or the La Cienega corridor unless you're looking for something set in MTV's the Hills.

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            yogachik Sep 16, 2007 06:58 PM

            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...)

            1. Emme Sep 16, 2007 06:48 PM

              Il Pastaio on Canon has a nice bar area, good eats, and good wine list.

              A little more interesting might be Nirvana--cool ambience

              As suggested above, a hotel like the Beverly Wilshire or Peninsula would work well too.

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                malibu1 Sep 16, 2007 06:53 PM

                I love the Penninsula, but the classic is the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

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                countdeville Sep 16, 2007 05:56 PM

                I really like the bar at Maison 140. It's a cool boutique hotel on a side street called Lasky that's just east of Little Santa Monica. The drinks are on the expensive side, maybe $15, but it's all premium ingredients and well worth the cost.

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                  QualityMart Sep 16, 2007 05:50 PM

                  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.

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