The Honor Bar
122 S Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Situated just blocks from Beverly Hills famed Rodeo Drive is the gentry’s best kept secret: The Honor Bar. Though its neighborhood is posh with a capital “P,” this venue keeps its prices low. The Honor Bar’s food and drink isn’t just priced right, the taste and quality is downright rave-worthy, with the regulars favoring the chicken sandwich and shoestring fries. There is top-notch live jazz in the evenings and nights. What makes the Honor Bar a no-brainer is the free for one and half hours valet with validation.
Next Door Lounge
1154 N Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
The Next Door Lounge is famous in L.A. for its supreme sense of style. From the stylized 1920s ambiance to the password-protected entry, everything about this club recollects the glamour and mystique of a mob-run prohibition-era speakeasy. Just a couple blocks from Sunset, the entrance is marked by a giant yellow key above the door along with a neon “LOUNGE” below that. When you submit your name and email address on the websites ‘Secret Password’ section (under “About”) you get a free appetizer from the “Big Boss.” While Hollywood parking can be the worst in the city, causing the valets to get pricey, Next Door Lounge keeps it affordable at only $6 for the service.
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7000 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
The creativity factor is off the charts at the swanky Library Bar, located in the famed Roosevelt Hotel in the heart of Hollywood. Cocktails here are served “Omakase” style, which is Japanese for “I’ll leave it to you.” The chief mixologist is second to none in the entire city, and will quickly concoct personalized libations for your sipping pleasure, simply by asking a few simple questions. Such privilege comes at a price, of course, and its not cheap, but it is definitely well worth it. Valet is super fast, and is a bargain in Hollywood at $9 for three hours with validation.
108 W 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Edison is a place to go all out and live it up. This downtown haunt is known for its unique and decidedly unique taste of the sweet-life ambiance. Do not expect to de-class the joint by entering in your favorite pair of sneakers; there is a dress code enforced that keeps the venue upscale and stylish. The Edison features live jazz, mini-burlesque shows and the famously favorite libation of poets and artists for centuries: Absinthe. Valet only costs a flat $9 fee at The Edison, which is just a couple extra dollars than the far less convenient public lots available.
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7617 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The former Coach and Horses on the Sunset Strip was expanded, revamped and renamed with new ownership in early April this year, and is better for the change. Now the location boasts an overflow back bar, a fantastically eclectic crowd, and an improved English menu. The staff is well versed on the food and drink and they greatly contribute to the fun, chilled-out vibe. Valet is only $5, which is an even better value than self-parking on the strip.