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Sep 16, 2007 05:35 PM

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

Hi again!

We arrive on Friday night and thought we would go and have a few beverages to ease the 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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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: Emme

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

        2. 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. 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

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

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

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

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                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.