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Best Hotel Bars: The LA Woman’s List

August 26, 2010 10:56 AM

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(credit:  Wolfgang Puck)

(credit: Wolfgang Puck)

Whether entertaining guests in town or trying to impress business clients, hotel bars make great – if somewhat pricey – destinations for cocktails.
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The Veranda Bar at Casa Del Mar (credit: hotelcasadelmar.com)

The Veranda Bar at Casa del Mar

1910 Ocean Way
Santa Monica
(310) 581-5533
www.hotelcasadelmar.com
Happy Hour M-F 5-7pm, Live Music W-F

The Veranda at Casa del Mar is one of the best hotel bars in LA. This iconic beachfront bar (and hotel) was originally founded in 1926, and is reminiscent of days gone by. As you enter the vast lobby bar, you’ll find plenty of comfortable seating in a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere. Nab a table next to the 20-ft. high windows, and soak in the breathtaking view of the sand and sea. The bar menu offers light fare, salads and sushi. Try the deliciously crisp wild mushroom flatbread with sweet corn, talleggio and chives, along with a muddled blueberry mojito. Heaven. All in all, a great place to hang out with friends, bring out-of-town guests or make a Hollywood deal.

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WP24. (credit: wolfgangpuck.com)

WP24 at the Ritz Carlton LA Live

900 W. Olympic blvd. 24th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 743-8824
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Open 7 nights a week. No reservations necessary.Ascend to the heavens, 24 floors above mere mortals, to experience Wolfgang Puck’s latest restaurant and lounge, WP24. This stunning space features refined Asian fare in a chic and stylish atmosphere. Thin, horizontal strips of wood create giant basket-like pods that encase the seating enclaves. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the spectacular panoramic views of downtown LA and the dark décor helps to highlight the sparkling city lights below. The Lounge offers a more casual dining experience than the main WP24 dining room. Guests can snack on Asian small plates, sushi or nigri. Choose a bottle of wine from one of their 400 labels or go for some heat with a Dragon’s Fire cocktail (tequila, jalapeno, grapefruit and Thai basil).

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The website for the Bazaar. (credit: thebazaar.com)

The Bazaar at SLS Hotel

465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles
(310) 246-5567
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As you enter the Bazaar, you’ll feel like Alice, having just fallen down the looking hole. This unique venue is part bar/restaurant and part circus/museum. The space is a visual feast, designed by Phillippe Starck, that’s both chic and playful – a perfect complement to the creative menu of tapas style cuisine and molecular gastronomy. Little mounds of cotton candy perch delicately in martini glasses waiting for limey liquid to transform them into Magic Mojitos. A server pushes a “smoking” nitro cart that freezes your Brazilian Caipinirha into a tasty sorbet-like treat. You’ll also be pleased with the unique flavors and presentations of the food, such as the jicama-wrapped guacamole, foie gras lollipops and Philly cheesesteak on airbread. Don’t forget dessert – just a few feet away at the patisserie bar. Be sure and browse among the bizarre collection of whimsical items displayed in glass boxes and available for purchase.

Liz Laing is a writer, Web designer and photographer who lives in Los Angeles. Her latest projects may be followed on LizLaing.com.
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