Live Music (Lounge Music) w/ Good Food
- Kara Elise
Anyone know of any places? Perhaps a piano bar or a cocktail lounge of a restaurant or hotel, where old standards are played and perhaps there's a small dance floor, the crowd is convivial but mature, the bartender makes a good drink, and the food is delicious.
I love such places, and believe it or not, I am nowhere close to the age you might think!!!
Preferably west side but will travel.
I would actually consider opening such a place if there were a market...
No dancing (that I've since), but the bar at the Belair Hotel is absolutely beautiful (along with the grounds), the food is great (especially the hamburger), and there's a piano player...
You might try the Manhattan Bar and Grill in Manhattan Beach... David Benoit drops in unannounced to play the piano once in a while, and the bar is quite pleasant. The food is good though not wildly innovative Northern Italian. It's a relaxing place to spend an evening.
Another place to try out is Lunaria, on Santa Monica near Century City. I tried it out a few weekends ago on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. After 9pm, they have a jazz band that plays in the lounge. They open up the wall between the lounge and the restaurant, I think, to let the music in better. The food was good too: I ordered the duck ravioli with truffle oil, and found the sauce to be very flavorful! The bartender and waitstaff were very nice, but a bit slow. Also, I couldn't see if there was a dance floor, but I did notice that, before the music started, the crowd seated for dinner was more sophisticated and older. Once the music began, the couples coming in were a bit younger. Anyway, it might be fun to check out one weekend night.
Upstairs in the lounge area of Mastro's in BH, there's generally a pianist who's decent.
2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362