(credit: Honor Bar)

(credit: Honor Bar)


Need some refreshment after a hectic day shopping on Rodeo Drive? The weight of that ring from Tiffany’s just a little too much without a pick-me-up? Agency power lunch left you feeling the need for the perfect martini? Or are you simply looking for a great libation in a town renowned for celebrities, shopping, and high-end dining? Whatever the reason and need to grab a drink, these are best bars in Beverly Hills.
(credit: Honor Bar)

(credit: Honor Bar)


Honor Bar
122 S. Beverly Drive.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 550-0292
www.honorbar.com

Ready to escape from the bustling crowd? The Honor Bar in Beverly Hills is just the spot to get some great cocktails along with a small but delicious menu of small bites. The vibe here is comfortable, cool, and cozy, and sits right next to the popular South Beverly Grill restaurant. Check out the stellar martinis, including a refreshing basil and cucumber version, and be sure to try the upscale bar food such as hand-rolled sushi or crisp french fries. There’s an outdoor patio, too.

(credit: Bar Bouchon)

(credit: Bar Bouchon)


Bar Bouchon
235 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 271-9910
www.bouchonbistro.com

Step from Beverly Hills directly into Paris upon entering Bar Bouchon. Known for their wine selection, an excellent Negroni, and a crisp Moscow Mule, this convivial, friendly, but elegant bar and dining spot could be located within steps of the Eiffel Tower. The look here looks like a solid brasserie, but the location adjoins Beverly Canon Gardens, with potted citrus trees and beautiful fountains on view from the patio seating seating as an alternative to the Parisian vibe indoors. Enjoy a daily happy hour, and a variety of dining options including the ultimate bar snack: popcorn truffles.

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£10
225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 906-7218
www.montagehotels.com

The bar with one of the most extensive whiskey collections in the U.S. is located inside Scarpetta at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. Opened in June atop the mahogany stairs of Chef Scott Conant’s Scarpetta, £10 provides exclusive access to some of The Macallan Company’s rarest single malt whiskies. The bar, which is tucked away on the second floor of the upscale hotel welcomes guests to sip on their precious whiskey, including Macallan Single Malt and many others. Some of their rarest and most prized libations exist here, including some aged as long as 64 years.

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(credit: Trader Vic’s)


Trader Vic’s
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 887-6055
www.beverlyhilton.com

Ask anyone over the age of 35 and they’ll be surprised that this classic Beverly Hills bar is still kicking. Luckily, it still is. In fact, it’s the stuff of legends, and offers a history that is as unique LA as anywhere else in the city As a bar where legendary stories are made, Trader Vic’s is not to be missed. This iconic retro tiki bar is located poolside at the Beverly Hilton and offers Polynesian-style snacks, celebrity watching, and potent island drinks that will give you that island vibe. The Mai Tai was invented at this renowned spot, so put that on the bucket list.

(credit: Polo Lounge)

(credit: Polo Lounge)


Polo Lounge
9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 887-2777
www.dorchestercollection.com

Located inside the storied and legendary Beverly Hills Hotel, The Polo Lounge has long been a top watering spot for celebrities and deal-makers. Sunday brunch features jazz and a classic Bloody Mary; the patio offers convivial outdoor space, while the inside is cozy and clubby. Try an elegant club sandwich with that gin and tonic, or come by just for drinks. Whatever your reason, a list could never be complete without this old-world Beverly Hills bar/restaurant on the list.

(credit: Bazaar by Jose Andres)

(credit: Bazaar by Jose Andres)


Bazaar by Jose Andres
465 S La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 247-0400
www.sbe.com

Stopping for a drink at Bazaar by Jose Andres is a bit like entering a set for a beautiful, opulent Tim Burton movie. The ornate furniture is almost art, and so are the drinks. This renowned bar, restaurant, and hotel serves tapas along with clever craft cocktails like a Bellini made with Japanese peach, or the Smoke on the Water, made with blackberries, atomized scotch, Islay mist, and flame. It literally comes smokin’ – just like the atmosphere.

(credit: Club Bar at Peninsula)

(credit: Club Bar at Peninsula)


Club Bar at Peninsula
9882 S Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 551-2888
www.dorchestercollection.com

Club Bar at Peninsula may very well be the ultimate hotel bar. Quiet, cozy, with the atmosphere of a private club gives way to warm golden lamps glow and cushy seats. There’s even a harp player on certain evenings to help set the mood. Dark California birch wood panels line the walls, and there’s a fireplace, too. On the menu at this sophisticated spot? Fine wines, high-end cocktails, and beautifully presented small Asian-style bites.

(credit: Beverly Hills Hotel)

(credit: Beverly Hills Hotel)


Bar 1912
9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 273-1912
www.dorchestercollection.com

Named for the year in which the Beverly Hills Hotel opened, Bar 1912 is a cozy, sophisticated spot, or rather two spots in one. There’s a lovely terrace that overlooks the pools and palms, and an indoor bar that’s all brown leather and soft gold lighting, to make you look even better over your champagne cocktail.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | eco-exist.com | geniedavis.com | DiversionsLA | Twitter.

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