LA's Most Exclusive Hotel Hot Spots
The Sunset Tower Hotel is one of the Sunset Strip’s most iconic spots for a cocktail.
The Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Bel-Air
Along with the rest of this classic property, the bar at the Hotel Bel-Air has been transformed from a dusty, dark enclave into a swinging, sexy social scene that’s equal parts class and sass, drawing in both neighborhood veterans and young upstarts. Not everything’s new, though: You’ll still find signature elements like the grand piano and the hotel’s famous hamburger. 701 Stone Canyon Road, LA, 310-909-1644.
Bar 1200 at the Sunset Marquis
The Sunset Marquis has a recording studio onsite so it’s no wonder it also boasts LA’s most rock ’n’ roll hotel bar. Chances are good you’ll see a celebrity meltdown or two (and even more likely a musician from your favorite band), and you might even glimpse a rock legend like Keith Richards in this moodily lit watering hole. 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, 310-358-3720
Cameo Bar at the Viceroy Santa Monica
One of Santa Monica’s mustvisit watering holes, Cameo Bar occupies a place of pride just off the Viceroy’s lobby. Pretty young things and their admirers congregate at the bar, while agents hammer out deals over enormous martinis on the whimsical Hollywood Regencystyle couches and armchairs. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310-260-7500
Only a rarefied few get a seat in the idyllic garden at the Chateau Marmont without a made-well-in-advance reservation (or an impressive title). But once you manage to score a table in the courtyard of LA’s most iconic hotel, you’ll find a crowd of effortlessly fabulous luminaries enjoying a wine-soaked evening protected from the hubbub of the Sunset Strip and the flashes of paparazzi. 8221 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323-656-1010
High Rooftop Lounge at the Hotel Erwin
Despite being a coastal town, there are actually very few places in LA that offer a great view of the Pacific and some altitude. That’s why this rooftop bar at Venice’s funky Hotel Erwin is always packed with Westside revelers sipping signatures, including a blood-orange julep, while taking in a stunning sunset that stretches from Point Dume to Palos Verdes. 1697 Pacific Ave., Venice, 424-214-1063
Library Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt
Like a secret cubby for those in the know, the Hollywood Roosevelt’s most intimate venue is hidden in plain sight right off the lobby. Its menu takes inspiration from the Japanese custom of omakase, in which bartenders mix up whatever they fancy based on changing farmers’ market ingredients and homemade infusions— with the imbiber’s input, of course. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., LA, 323-466-7000
The Tower Bar at Sunset Tower Hotel
Hushed, tony, and wood-paneled, with a fireplace and plenty of private alcoves, this utterly sophisticated bar at the landmark Sunset Tower Hotel is the very definition of Hollywood glamour. It’s also where the A-list comes to unwind. One night you might see Tom Ford in an intimate booth, and the next it could be Jennifer Aniston. But its real credential of cool? It used to be Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel’s apartment. 8358 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-848-6677
Windows Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
When you want to go old-school, this is the hotel bar to hit. Studio execs, major agents, and entouragesurrounded Hollywood royalty camp out in armchairs around glass coffee tables as they craft deals and quaff tried-and-true cocktails in a private setting. 300 S. Doheny Dr., LA, 310-273-2222
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.