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Nov 11, 2008 01:03 PM

Fireside table, westside preferred?

So because you guys have been everywhere, and I'm new here (via new orleans-miami-nyc), I thought I'd ask:
Looking for a nice bar or restaurant-bar with a cozy fireplace to warm up in front of on a date w/ my girlfriend. bonus points for:
outdoor firepits
small plates menus
wine BTG, sake, or cool cocktails
laid back vibe...
basically, somewhere to relax post work with a quality quaff and MAYBE a bite or two, without going broke.
Heard good things re: bar- hayama, and i like the sawtelle izakaya vibe.

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    1. For what you are asking, Bar Hayama is the perfect spot.

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        1. re: ldodb

          Ditto on Bar Hayama. Fits all the criteria and the brisk night time air rolling in lately will feel really good and cozy...

          1. re: bulavinaka

            bar hayama is great! i like the bar (with fire) at beechwood - really nice and the small plates are good enough for a meal.

            two others - there is a hotel in the marina (the marriot) on admiralty and they have a really nice bar with fire pits and waterfalls. i know it sounds bad, but it was really nice when i went with plenty of seating, good drinks and food. it was a nice space.

            i think the alibi room also has a fire pit and it has good food. the area around the fire is small though - so you have to get there early to get a prime location.

            terra is not so good. i do not care for the food generally (and especially so given the price). plus, it is across the street from the beach (with a four-lane highway in between). so, it's not exactly "relaxing". imo - places on the land side of malibu should be avoided. overpriced and not really at the beach!

      1. The Alibi Room, Beechwood, Loews patio (individual firepits and ocean view), Wilshire, The Palihouse.

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        1. re: hrhboo

          imho, loews doesn't fit the criteria of "not going broke"

          1. re: westsidegal

            The bar menu isn't overpriced and on par with the other suggestions here.

          2. re: hrhboo

            Beechwood and the Loews are great suggestions.

          3. Terra in Malibu fits the bill....and I love the beach in the autumn/winter.

            1. Thanks, all! It sounds like it'll be bar-hayama for us, even though we're dying to find a low-key spot in malibu. It sounds like for Malibu we'd be better off hiking in Charmlee park with a picnic and a bottle of vino...