west hollywood area for atmosphere for out of towners?
Go there. Your out of towners will love the raucous atmosphere and the amazing assortment of movie-biz insiders who populate the place. The drinks are strong and the food ain't bad, either.
Should you really want a little "flava" you can go across the street after dinner to the Chinese restaurant ("Formosa," I seem to recall) for Mai-Tais.
7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
I'd say Pizzeria Mozza if you want really good food. Rainbow Bar and Grill has decent food so less pleasing to you--but it's got the West Hollywood vibe.
Rainbow Bar & Grill
9015 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036