It is often said the best relationships start with the breaking of bread or clinking of glasses. Los Angeles is home to so many great bars where professionals can share business drinks with a colleague whether they are just getting to know each other or celebrating the close of a deal. The best bars for business drinks in Los Angeles tend to be historical landmarks and hotel bars featuring fine dining and pricey drinks. Read on for a list of some great options.
Union Station Traxx Bar
800 N. Alameda St. #122
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Take your business contacts on a field trip down to the historical train station for drinks at Traxx. It feels like you’ve been transported through time to the golden days of Hollywood with its glamorous decor. Traxx is a de facto meeting place for many local business professionals and is quiet enough to hold a conversation. It’s not uncommon to witness a film shoot at this location, making it one of the best places to meet for business drinks.
900 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Culver Hotel is another historical landmark in Los Angeles that is a great place for business drinks. The hotel lobby doubles as a dining area with a bar located downstairs by the main entrance and another one in the semi-private lounge area upstairs. You and your colleagues can enjoy drinks and conversations to the mellow backdrop of a live jazz band that plays every night. The best part about having drinks at Culver Hotel is the free WiFi in case you need it.
Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub
8911 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Rock & Reilly’s rocks a cabin-style vibe decked out with hanging deer heads, framed wall decor and barrel trimmings. Reilly’s serves up more than 57 types of whiskey from the iconic Sunset Strip. The best time to have drinks with a business contact is usually during happy hour on midweek days around 4 p.m. The crowd is usually pretty upscale and trendy.
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Polo Lounge Bar
9642 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
If you work in the entertainment industry, Polo Lounge Bar is the one of the best places in LA to close a deal and celebrate with drinks. Among some of the VIP guests at Polo Lounge are Mark Wahlberg, Anne Sweeney and Clive Davis, to name a few. The bartenders make classic drinks with names inspired by Hollywood. The drinks are pricey but the upscale ambiance makes up for it.
448 S. Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
There’s nothing quite like wooing out-of-town business associates with drinks at one of the most popular rooftop bars in Los Angeles. The view of the city lights across all of downtown Los Angeles are breathtaking. It’s a hip and trendy places that serves French-inspired bar food and other dishes. The drinks get pricey so be sure to meet during happy hour if you want to maximize your dollar, especially if you’re the one covering the expense.
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Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.