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jensie Jan 6, 2009 02:19 PM

Hello LA Chowhounds!

I'm coming in from Montreal with some girlfriends for a friend's bachelorette party (we'll be about 6 people). We're all in our early to mid-thirties, so we're looking for more of a chill vibe, unique cocktails, interesting food, and a hip (but not too trendy) crowd. We're hoping to get dressed up and have a few laughs over martinis and a delicious dinner, and maybe be close to somewhere to go dancing, after.

Thanks for your ideas!

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    Nicole Jan 6, 2009 03:29 PM

    I think the suggestions of the Bazaar and AOC are both great. Bazaar is definitely more impressive, but it's also more expensive and experimental. But neither of them have an outdoor space. I think XIV would also meet your criteria, and it is located on the sunset strip near lots of clubs so it would be easy to transition to dancing. But I personally haven't been there yet. Do a search on this board and you will find lots of detailed reviews on all 3.

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      SugarFrosted Jan 6, 2009 02:51 PM

      If you guys like traditional jazz I would rec Vibrato. It's Herb Albert's restaurant at the top of Mulholland Drive in Bel Air. Not close to anything and a 20 minute drive to the dance clubs in Hollywood, but you can't beat it on weekends for great food (I think it's the best steak in LA) and energetic but upscale atmosphere. The crowd there is 30 plus, sophisticated and festive. The bar scene on weekends is ...well, a scene and there is a live jazz band playing throughout dinner in the really beautiful and plush and acoustically perfect main dining room. Plus, Clint Eastwood goes there sometimes.

      www.vibratogrilljazz.com

      If jazz isn't your thing, then look at A.O.C. on 3rd Street in L.A. Wonderful food and sparkly, happy people in a buzzing upscale room. They don't do cocktails, but they do serve 50 fabulous wines by the glass. The food is small plates/tapas style and unbelieveably good. It's consistently rated one of LA's best restaurants by the food press...and many of your fellow hounds.

      www.aocwinebar.com

      Good luck!

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        jensie Jan 6, 2009 03:02 PM

        Thanks, these look fantastic. I only wish we had a few more days in LA!
        A quick amendment...we are particularly interested in open air eateries...coming from cold, cold Canada, we're longing for a warm breeze. We are coming in March.

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          JBC Jan 6, 2009 04:24 PM

          Outdoor dining ? Maybe, "The Wilshire" in Santa Monica (watch the slide show}:

          http://www.wilshirerestaurant.com

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            Emme Jan 6, 2009 10:34 PM

            Wilshire's patio is lovely.

            Also in Santa Monica is Whist at the Viceroy, where you can rent one of the private cabanas outside, which is lovely. You could check out music at Renee's Courtyard Cafe on Wilshire after or head somewhere else to "party."

            Pane e Vino also has a nice patio, and though I wouldn't necessarily say it screams bachelorette - it would be an upscale bachelorette.

            You might also consider SimonLA at Sofitel as you're right next door to Stone Rose Lounge.

            Finally, Tasca which has small plates and good wine.

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            cookie monster Jan 6, 2009 08:23 PM

            The food gets mixed reviews here, but for this kind of occasion I really like Katana on Sunset for robata and sushi. The patio is lovely (with lots of heatlamps, which you're likely to need on a March evening in LA) and it's got a pretty good vibe. (And while you didn't mention celebrity-spotting as a goal, the last time I went there with out-of-town visitors we saw Alicia Keyes and Matthew McConaughey, which my friends got a kick out of). Plus you'll be near all sorts of bars and clubs for going out afterwards.

            http://katanarobata.com/katana/index.htm

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              cls Jan 7, 2009 04:32 AM

              You should consider the garden at the Chateaux Marmont.

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              Chateau Marmont
              8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

          3. Servorg Jan 6, 2009 02:37 PM

            Take a look at Bazaar (linked is one of the recent reviews on CH) and see if this is what you were thinking about: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/582834

            http://thebazaar.com/

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              jensie Jan 6, 2009 02:58 PM

              Oh Wow! I would go bananas in this place. I've sent the link to the other girls to see. It might be a bit OTT for some of the others...we'll see!

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                Servorg Jan 6, 2009 03:02 PM

                One other potential place that comes to mind is Koi. I'll provide a link through Chowplaces and you can find the Koi web site there:

                http://www.chow.com/places/24921

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