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Quiet place for a drink between Bev. Hills and Santa Monica

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joshs Feb 1, 2011 12:28 PM

Looking for a nice, semi-quiet (not dead!) place to meet for a drink between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Somewhere that would be good for a first meet-up.

Thanks.

  1. Bob Brooks Feb 1, 2011 12:48 PM

    Wilshire would be a good option.

    1. Servorg Feb 1, 2011 12:48 PM

      http://www.xbarla.com/

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        maudies5 Feb 1, 2011 01:17 PM

        Bar Toscana

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        Toscana Restaurant
        11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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          BSW6490 Feb 2, 2011 01:34 PM

          Toscana does not have a full bar

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          Toscana Restaurant
          11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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            Servorg Feb 2, 2011 01:40 PM

            It's a new place maudies5 is talking about - "Bar Toscana" (opened by the Toscana restaurant folks) and they do indeed have a full bar. Menu and drinks listed here: http://www.toscanabrentwood.com/barto...

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              maudies5 Feb 3, 2011 07:55 AM

              Bar Toscana is just across the entrance from the restaurant. The bar is beautiful and is, indeed a full bar. Seating is comfortable, drinks are delicious and service is friendly. This is a perfect for what the OP appears to be seeking.

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              Toscana Restaurant
              11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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              yogachik Feb 3, 2011 07:42 AM

              Bar Toscana has a full bar and it's amazing. Such great, innovative, drinks.

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              Toscana Restaurant
              11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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          fdb Feb 1, 2011 05:08 PM

          Blvd 16 in Palomar Hotel Westwood

          http://www.hotelpalomar-lawestwood.co...

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            BSW6490 Feb 2, 2011 01:35 PM

            Very low key. Could be empty.

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            yogachik Feb 1, 2011 05:49 PM

            Upper West
            W Hotel Westwood
            Bar Toscana

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            Upper West
            3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

            1. ipsedixit Feb 1, 2011 06:38 PM

              The bar at Saks Fifth Ave. (on the top floor)

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                dtud Feb 1, 2011 08:34 PM

                ghost town. seriously?

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                  maudies5 Feb 1, 2011 08:46 PM

                  Agree that SFA is a ghost town.
                  Bar Toscana, still my first choice. Great location, lovely environment, great bartenders making great drinks, not insanely loud. Nice small bar menu. If you require more food, walk over to Toscana. Great bar attached to good , earthy restaurant.

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                  Toscana Restaurant
                  11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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                    ipsedixit Feb 2, 2011 02:26 PM

                    OP wanted a quiet place.

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                      dtud Feb 2, 2011 08:59 PM

                      ummmm, poor attention to detail.

                      op wanted "semi-quiet (not dead!)"

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                        ipsedixit Feb 3, 2011 08:41 AM

                        Who said it was dead?

                        Even ghosts have lives.

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                  New Trial Feb 2, 2011 12:35 AM

                  I like Bar Noir at Maison 140 but sometimes it can be very quiet.

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                  Maison 140
                  140 S Lasky Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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                    goodhealthgourmet Feb 2, 2011 09:22 PM

                    Bar Noir is one of my favorites. i was hesitant to suggest it because it could be a little too intimate for a first date.

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                      New Trial Feb 3, 2011 12:05 AM

                      A fair point. Unless they are already somewhat comfortable with each other from e-mail or phone calls it might well be too intimate a setting. Of course, there are also some of the bars/lounges at the larger hotels such as the ones at the Casa Del Mar and the Four Seasons, which have some nice, semi-quiet spaces--I noted that there is also a bar at Scarpetta but did not look in (the Conservatory across the hall seems too stiff for a first date--better for a tea).

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                      Casa Del Mar
                      1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                      Four Seasons Hotel
                      300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                      Scarpetta
                      225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                        goodhealthgourmet Feb 3, 2011 09:33 AM

                        actually the bar at Scarpetta is a perfect choice *if* the music isn't too loud. my first time there it was, but on subsequent visits i didn't notice it as much.

                        can't believe i didn't think of that - it's my favorite restaurant in town right now!

                        BTW, for some reason there's a link to the Four Seasons with your post even though you didn't suggest Culina...

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                        Scarpetta
                        225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                          New Trial Feb 3, 2011 07:38 PM

                          I did suggest the bar areas at both Casa Del Mar and the Four Seasons, hence the link. I did not specify the bar at Culina, which I liked, though, since I think the lounge area outside the restaurant's bar is quieter.

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                          Culina
                          300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                    gordo26 Feb 2, 2011 11:03 AM

                    Bar Toscana. Katsu Ya Brentwood. Or even Bar Food on wildfire. Depending on time of night Angels is good but dead early evening.

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                    Toscana Restaurant
                    11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                    Katsu
                    306 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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                      joshs Feb 7, 2011 06:11 PM

                      Thanks all. Our plans changed and we ended up meeting for coffee. But there's another date this week, and I'll be checking out Bar Toscana after all the recommendations. Will let you know my impression.

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                      Toscana Restaurant
                      11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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                        goodhealthgourmet Feb 7, 2011 06:22 PM

                        hope it goes well! where did you end up going for coffee?

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                          joshs Feb 7, 2011 06:39 PM

                          Le Pain Quotidien in BH. It was quiet, given the time of day we went. We were pretty much the only one's there, except maybe one or two other tables.

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                          joshs Feb 7, 2011 07:12 PM

                          Anyone know how busy Bar Toscana would be around 6:30 or 7pm on a Thursday night?

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                          Toscana Restaurant
                          11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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                            maudies5 Feb 7, 2011 08:13 PM

                            My guess is not too busy. Very pleasant ambiance, great drinks and good food (appetizers).

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