If you’re ready for an exciting evening of cocktails out on the town, Los Angeles offers some of the best hotel bars. From downtown to Hollywood, LA has some exceptional hotel bars and lounges where locals love to gather and be seen. From amazing views of the city’s skyline to hip scenes and chic decor, these hotels make for the best settings to sit back and have a cocktail.
8171 W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90046
The Chateau Marmont is quietly famous and boasts of an elegantly bohemian vibe where the elite of Hollywood go to either hang out or hide out. Tucked away on a secluded hilltop in the middle of Hollywood, it has become a home away from home for the high-profile crowd. The hotel bar itself is actually separate from the hotel, within a short walking distance, but remains a hot spot for celebrity sightings. Weeknights are probably the best days to go for a chance encounter with someone you’ll likely recognize.
The Spare Room
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Spare Room was recently voted as the fifth best hotel bar in all of America as reported by USA Today.This swanky hotel bar doubles up as a gaming parlor featuring sophisticated decor and high-quality cocktails that can be enjoyed while bowling on one of two vintage bowling lanes. The libations are expertly crafted using fresh ingredients from the local farmers’ market and homemade syrups. The drinks are among the best in town – so good that the hotel bar recently launched a cocktail catering program.
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1717 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Located on the second level of The Redbury is a swanky hotel bar that reminds you of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The drinks may be pricey but the people are stylish and the atmosphere is quite alluring. It’s booked-line shelves and leather arm chairs make the Library Bar an intellectually stimulating place to be even for B-list celebrities. The best part about this hotel bar is its location at the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine where you’ll find the Hollywood Walk of Fame and lots of options for dining or getting lost in the Hollywood club scene.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
As one of the best hotel bars in downtown LA, Gallery Bar has a laundry list of signature martinis, including its locally famous “Manhattan Menu” featuring six different concoctions of the classic bar drink. It’s a classy place to relax for drinks after work with great menu options served with style. The best day to go is on Friday nights around 8 p.m. when you’ll be able to enjoy some good live music on one of Gallery Bar’s sushi nights.
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The Normandie Club
3612 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
One of the newest cocktail bars from the 213 Hospitality group, The Normandie Club in Koreatown, is a casual bar inside the Normandie Hotel. While the cocktail list isn’t large, it packs a punch with great selections, including a great Old Fashioned with coconut bourbon, apple brandy, spiced almond demerara, and angostura bitters, as well as a Manhattan, with rye whiskey, cacao nib cynar, sweet vermouth, and miracle mile red eye bitters. A small, but worthwhile selection of beer, cider and wine is also available.
9400 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
The Culver Hotel’s bar is a great hangout spot to grab a drink before or after catching a flick at the nearby movie theater. Upon walking in, the hotel lobby feels like a ballroom-like dining room with great furniture and a really nice bathroom. A live jazz band plays every night of the week starting at 7:30 p.m. as well to liven the mood.
High At Hotel Erwin
1697 Pacific Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Imagine watching a hot pink and purple sunset go down over the Pacific Ocean as if it were your own, personal movie screen, and you’ve got an average evening out up High. If you happen to get bored by beauty then you only need look down to see the crazy, kooky harmony of the Venice boardwalk — including some muscular eye candy in the form of Muscle Beach juiceheads.
Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.