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Given all the hustle and bustle that takes place in many people’s lives on a daily basis, sometimes you just need a little R&R time to get away from it all. But where around the greater Los Angeles area can you find some of the classiest lounge hotel bars? Wherever you decide to hang out, keep these locations below in mind as you take in some of what Los Angeles has to offer.
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(credit: standardhotels.com)


The Rooftop At The Standard, Downtown L.A.
550 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 892-8080
www.standardhotel.com

Located within walking distance of Staples Center, ESPN Zone and much more, The Rooftop at the Standard provides guests with amazing panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles and the mountains in the distance. Enjoy a heated swimming pool, red AstroTurf deck, a dance floor, nightly DJs, bar, an outdoor fireplace, waterbed pods, sculptured topiary and some classic German Biergarten. The pool menu includes a wide array of drinks. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Among the selections is a $4 BLON-DEE, $5 wine or champagne, $6 select beer and $7 well drinks.

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(credit: Jennifer H./Yelp)


Gallery Bar
Millenium Hotel And Resort
506 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 624-1011
www.millenniumhotels.com
Opens 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday

Gallery Bar offers a wide array of martinis, fine wines and exclusive liqueurs. Guests can pick the cocktail of their choice and sip it aside one of the secluded leather banquettes. They also have the option of heading off to the adjacent Cognac Room that features a selection of Biltmore memorabilia. You can also choose from an assortment of dishes, including a 1920s-style shrimp cocktail served in original hotel silver or flatbreads with homemade toppings. If you seek more of a traditional and elegant experience, go for authentic Afternoon Tea – complete with scones and Devonshire cream — at Rendezvous Court.

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(credit: Tony A./yelp)


Suede
404 S. Figueroa St., Suite 102
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 489-3590
www.suedebarla.com

If you are in search of a good time and yet still kicking back after a long day of work or school, look no further than this L.A. hit. Situated in the world-renowned Westin Bonaventure, Suede opened its doors to the public back in 2008. Since its opening, the upscale ultra-lounge venue has been a popular hangout during happy hour for downtown professionals. It is also one of the top choices for corporate/business parties, fundraising events and birthday and private parties. Guests can enjoy an assortment of appetizers, specialty drinks, fine wines and a full premium bar with discounts to VIP Exclusive Members. The drink menu includes a variety of popular choices, with Happy Hour specials from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Table reservations are accepted for the nightclub portion of the evening when buying Bottle Service or a Bar Guarantee.

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(credit: Chris R./yelp)


Suite 700
1301 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-2791
www.shangrila-hotel.com
Open Monday – Wednesday from 4 p.m. to midnight; Thursday – Saturday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 3 p.m. to Midnight

Situated inside the Hotel Shangri-LA, this beauty will provide you with enjoyable drinks and a relaxed atmosphere. The venue, located atop the iconic Hotel Shangri-LA, offers up Santa Monica’s famous indoor/outdoor rooftop bar & lounge. A distinct penthouse suite in the landmark hotel, Suite 700, offers guests a carefully curated and maintained drinks menu, small plates, DJ program and workweek happy hour. Enjoy the Tamietini to the Upper-East Side to the Berry Apropos. Some of the drink selections include white and red wines and champagne.

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(credit: Winnie L./Yelp)


Sidebar
Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 275-5200
www.fourseasons.com
Open Monday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

When you step foot in Beverly Hills, make sure your eyes are wide open for some possible celebrity sightings. One locale you might see a famous person or two at is this venue. Sidebar offers a sophisticated modern lounge with classic wines and some surefire innovative cocktails. If you’ve had a long day of work or school, slip into this setting for Happy Hour, offered Monday to Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., and enjoy beer for $5, wine for $7, cocktails for $12 and bites starting at $8. If dancing or just kicking back to some live music is your thing, check them out Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. with local DJs.

Whether you are a local or from out of town, the greater Los Angeles area has more than enough venues and awesome drinks to keep you happy during your time here.

Dave Thomas has been covering the sports world since his first job as a sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania back in 1989. He has covered a Super Bowl, college bowl games, MLB, NBA and more. His work can be found on Examiner.com

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