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Top Hotel Bars and Lounges in Los Angeles

Ten Best Hotels in LA for Cocktails, Drinks and Scene

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The concept of drinking in hotel bars dates back decades. LA's revival of this trend started in the '90s and continues through to today as there are some really exceptional hotel bars and lounges in Los Angeles where locals love to cavort and be seen. From breathtaking views of the city's skyline and coastline, to hip scenes and fabulously designed interiors, these hotels make ideal backdrops for partaking of drinks and cocktails in LA.

1. Chateau Marmont

Though Bar Marmont is the official or at least most associated bar in regards to the Chateau Marmont, I vote for opting for drinks at the hotel proper on its lovely patio (weather permitting). Apart from the so-called A-list clientele, the place just oozes Old Hollywood charm and pristine, natural Southern California beauty. Of course if you're fond of 'nouveau LA,' walk a few steps out of the Chateau and to the left and you'll find plenty of rockin' revelry and 'Saturday night fever' at the Bar Marmont. 

8221 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
(Cross street: Crescent Heights)
323-656-1010

2. Mr. C

The "c" in Mr. C stands for Cipriani--as in one of the top luxury hotel groups in the world. With the famous watering hole Harry's Bar (in Venice, Italy) under its grasp, this hotel group means business when it comes to lounges. So much so that when you enter the hotel at the reception area, you immediately find yourself in the bar. That's right, the reception counter doubles as a bar. Enough said.

1224 S Beverwil Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(Cross street: Pico)
310-277-2800

3. Sunset Tower

If it's romance and style that you seek, this 1929 Sunset Strip landmark has it in droves. Clink glasses outside by the pool or bathe in deco chic inside at the brown-hued Tower Bar.

8358 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(Cross street: Kings Rd.)
323-654-7100 

4. Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica

Whist is a lovely interior-exterior lounge at the Viceroy in Santa Monica which mixes So.Cal oceanside vibes with swank and contemporary decor. They have hosted some really fun events featuring local DJs like Garth Trinidad, and promoting organizations like Habitat LA. They also have a late happy hour that runs until 9 p.m.

1819 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(Cross street: Pico)
310-260-7500 

5. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Old celebrity spirits are said to haunt this hipster hot spot. On any given night its Tropicana Bar pool area is packed with cool see-and-be-seens. Celebs like Kevin Federline, David Hasselhoff, Britney Spears and Adam Brody have traipsed through its hallowed halls and lived to tell the tale. And there are oh so many libation options under one hotel roof--including the Library Bar, Public Kitchen, Spare Room and 25 Degrees!

7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(Cross street: Orange)
323-466-7000 

6. Raffles L'Hermitage Beverly Hills Hotel

Looking for a styling after-work spot where you can hear William Morris and CAA agents, and other industry insiders share their dish? This Beverly Hills hotel lounge is your spot. It's also dimly lit to LA 'look good at all costs' levels. 

9291 Burton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(Cross street: Foothill)
310-278-3344 

7. The Standard Downtown LA

The scene at this Downtown wing of the Standard Hotel (the other is on the Sunset Strip in W. Hollywood) isn't always predictable when it comes to crowds. It can range from geeky or obnoxious collegiates to trendy bar-hoppers. However, the stunning (and famous) roof lounge view never changes, and is arguably its big draw.

550 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(Cross street: 6th St.)
213-892-8080

8. The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel

As long as I can remember, this Beverly Hills hotel lounge had the reputation as a den of sugar daddies and trophy girlfriends. That still never stopped me from popping in to soak up the old school piano bar atmosphere, and grab a Tom Collins or a martini. It's still one of LA's luxury iconic hotel bars--and will probably remain that way for decades. 

9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(Cross street: Lasky)
310-551-2888 

9. Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills

Drinks at the Four Seasons are always a class act--be they at their rooftop restaurant near their pool, or downstairs at their Windows Lounge, which they have nicknamed 'Hollywood's living room.'

300 S. Doheny Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(Cross street: Burton Way)
310-273-2222 

10. Beverly Hills Hotel

It's as old as the hills--Beverly Hills, that is--and as iconic, having made its way into films like The Way We Were and album covers for The Eagles (Hotel California). John F. Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and Charlie Chaplin have stayed here. Enjoy drinks and following in the footsteps of legends at the well-known Polo Lounge or at Bar Nineteen 12. The latter features both indoor and outdoor settings (with pool, terrace and garden views). 

9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(Cross street: Beverly Dr.)
310-276-2251 

11. Sunset Marquis

Bar 1200 rocks in more ways than one. Beyond being the hot after-party spot for cool book launches and such, this W. Hollywood mainstay famously features an impressive display of rock n' roll photography. The hotel lounge has also seen its share of rockers in-house like regular Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. If you're a smoker the deceptively indoor-ish outdoor patio is a great place to light up. 
 
1200 Alta Loma Rd. 
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(Between Sunset and Holloway)
310-657-1333

12. Andaz West Hollywood

For years the Andaz locale was home to the shlumpy Riot Hyatt--a hotel known for attracting its share of wasted rocker antics. Like many others in the area, it's now on the hip up-and-up. They still get rowdy at this lounge but with more style than the previous tenant. Head over to the RH Bar for cocktails and DJ sets.

8401 West Sunset Blvd. 
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(Cross street: Kings Rd.)
323-656-1234

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