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May 23, 2010 07:03 PM

Where to go for drinks in WeHo area?

First time in LA next weekend. 2.5 days total. Lots on the itinerary!

We have dinner reservations at AOC Friday night, and I'm looking for recs of where to go for drinks afterwards. We're staying in West Hollywood, but I'm open to anywhere nearby that will give us a great LA experience! Somewhere kind of chill, not a major "scene" ala backless dresses and sequins (we're doing the nightclub thing Saturday night after dinner at Osteria Mozza), but maybe with great views, perhaps a celeb spotting but not a big deal. Typical LA prices okay, not crazy expensive.

Thanks in advance!

8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  1. We are early-30s architect and designer, if that helps!

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    1. re: rehabitat

      The Roger Room on La Cienega is way cool, very LA but gets crowded and you may have to wait.
      Other hotspots for drinks:
      Stone Rose at the Sofitel, The Standard Hotel, Boa, The Rainbow Bar & Grill

      Standard Hotel
      550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

      Rainbow Bar & Grill
      9015 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

    2. For views maybe check out some of the hotel bars along Sunset Blvd --- like the Standard, Tower Bar, Mondrian. I like Sunset Trocadero, but no views there.

      Surly Goat is another cool spot for a drink (On Santa Monica Blvd) between Fairfax & Cresent Heights (there's no name, but it's practically next door to Baby Blues BBQ).

      Or maybe Bar Lubitsch - but can get pretty crowded.

      Baby Blues BBQ
      7953 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

      Trocadero Restaurant
      8280 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

      Bar Lubitsch
      7702 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

      1. not exactly nearby, but the quintessential LA experience for drinks is old school Musso & Frank. You haven't lived if you haven't had their dry martini. Just be aware that driving there on Friday can be challenging - traffic sucks on Hollywood blvd on weekend nights.
        No great views, but a real piece of LA history.

        1. This helps, thanks guys!

          1. I would start just a couple of doors down at El Carmen. It's a funky little tequila bar with a Lucha Libre theme. The crowd is of the upscale-hipster (hah!) mix, so you won't feel out of place coming from AOC.

            If instead you want to continue with some wine, The Little Door is also walking distance. If you can grab some seats at the bar it's a very romantic outdoor patio literally covered in candles plants and flowers. Plenty of oxygen to keep you going.

            Finally, if it's a clear warm night the Mondrian as stated above is tough to beat. Long time LA locals might yawn, but the view is tough to beat lying on a futon by the pool under the stars.

            Another thought is Le Petit Hermitage


            Also, a great roof top pool bar but you never know if it's going to be dead empty or a completely entertaining night. That might have to do with them changing their access policy to the rooftop so you might want to call ahead if you are not a guest.

            Chateau Marmont can be nice and mellow for a drink and dessert. Bar Marmont next door for more people.

            Some personal thoughts on some of the other recs:

            Stone Rose- Can be touristy and not much else to walk to if you aren't feeling it. You'll have to pay the hotel valet to get your car back and move on.

            Rainbow- One of my favorites, but very rock and roll. Might make your head spin after AOC. Upstairs bar can be fun with a good group.

            Tower Bar- probably the 'nicest'. Plenty of other choices nearby.

            Bar Lubitsch- Same ownership as El Carmen and Roger Room. Russian theme. The flaming apple juice and vodka drink is pretty sweet. Just ask them to hold the flame. Dancing in the back if you get inspired.

            Roger Room- Great place, outstanding drinks. But I wouldn't recommend it for one night because it can be a major hassle because of the size of the room. It's no fun if you're jumping in for a couple of mellow drinks and you have no place to stand (much less sit), can't hear each other, and have to elbow to the bar for a drink.

            Good luck and let us know where you wind up!

            Out of curiosity, where are you going clubbing the other night?

            8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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

            Bar Marmont
            8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

            The Little Door
            8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Bar Lubitsch
            7702 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

            El Carmen Restaurant
            8138 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            2 Replies
            1. re: LATrapp

              I bow to your bar suggestions, LATrapp...they really are much better than mine.

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                Thank you Ciao!

                It's regular posters like yourself that feed us lazy lurkers like myself and get us off our butts to post every now and then. Just giving back to the site that decides many of those big 'What should I Eat (or drink)?' questions in my life.