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Oct 9, 2009 04:46 PM

Loungey Bachelor-Party Bars in Downtown

My friend's bachelor party is coming up and he wants to hang out at a cool, loungey-type bar in Downtown. We're all in our mid-to-late 30's, so we're not looking for a "scene" or a dance club. We just want a cool lounge place with good music where we can hang out, drink, and just be mellow. Ideally we want a place where we don't have to shout over the music to talk, and also where we can grab a table or at least some seats. There are about 10-12 of us.

What do you all suggest? I've heard the following places suggested, but I've never been to any of them:

* Edison
* Seven Grand
* The Association
* Varnish

Any places you know of that have a room or table we could reserve (without paying an exorbitant fee?)

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  1. Try the rooftop bar at the Standard Hotel (pricey, but very cool):
    Or perhaps the bar at Botega Louie (loud, but no cover and excellent food):

    1. You can reserve part/all of the two lounge areas at the Library Bar (my office did a while back and I don't recall if there was a deposit or not); see pix at website, upper right-hand corner:
      contact info

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      1. re: yinyangdi

        Ditto Library.

        Not the Standard (which is a scene) or Bottega Louie (which is the opposite of loungey).

        1. re: wutzizname

          I also veto Bottega Louie. LOUD and the bar area seating is pretty uncomfortable.

          I want to recommend the revolving bar at the Westin Bonaventure, but it's not cool in any way, in fact, it's almost kitschy. That said, I've always had a relaxed, good time there, they serve food, the drinks are pretty good, and there's a bit of a view.

          I'm sure some better ideas will come along!

          The Westin Bonaventure Hotel And Suites
          404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA