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

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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.

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  1. Wilshire would be a good option.

      1. re: Servorg

        Bar Toscana

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

        1. re: maudies5

          Toscana does not have a full bar

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

          1. re: BSW6490

            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...

            1. re: Servorg

              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

            2. re: BSW6490

              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

          1. re: fdb

            Very low key. Could be empty.

          2. Upper West
            W Hotel Westwood
            Bar Toscana

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            Upper West
            3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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

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                1. re: dtud

                  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

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      ummmm, poor attention to detail.

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

                      1. re: dtud

                        Who said it was dead?

                        Even ghosts have lives.

                2. 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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                  1. re: New Trial

                    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.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      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

                      1. re: New Trial

                        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

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          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

                  2. 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

                    1. 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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                      1. re: joshs

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

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          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.

                        2. re: joshs

                          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

                          1. re: joshs

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