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Pre-party place for Eagles/Dixie Chicks

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I need to find a great place for 8 people to enjoys drinks and appetizers before the Friday night Eagles/Dixie Chicks show at the new Nokia theatre across from Staples Center.

We will be arriving in downtown via limo at about 6:30pm. Showtime is 8:15pm so we will probably have about an hour and a half for drinks and appies.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Ciudad! It's not really walking distance from Staples though, so you'd have to have the limo hang out while you're partying, then drive you to Staples.

    I've also had good drinks & apps at The Palm, right across the street from Staples. They have a very good bar area, pretty good amount of space. You can order a great steak off their main menu and slice it for everyone to share. There are also their standard shrimp cocktails, crab cakes, calamari, etc.

    I wonder if there are any new places within the LA Live complex? I have yet to go there...

    Have fun!

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      1. re: smartcooki

        Rooftop looks like just the type of place I am looking for though some of the reviews I read were BRUTAL. Looks like the door staff plays games with people. If we are running late on Friday, the $20 cover starts at 7pm - that would be a tool.

        Any other places like Rooftop? Bopping around downtown or being right next to Staples won't be an issue because we will have a driver waiting for us. I had heard about the Beer garden at the New Otani but that closed in September.

        1. re: srsport1

          I haven't tried it yet, but you may want to do a search on this board for Takami (Takumi?). It's supposed to have a rooftop lounge with killer views (the food has gotten mixed reviews).

      2. Nick'n'Stef's

        Concur on the Ciudad rec.

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        1. re: Emme

          Roys? They look like they have a pretty good bar. And the apps that I've had there were damn good