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6 Hidden Gems to Visit in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Area If You Want a Fancy Cocktail

December 13, 2018

Even the most hidden spots don’t stay under the radar for long in the bustling, social cities of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

I mean, how many dates have you gone on at places with nondescript entrances a la Roger Room?

But even so, we’ve still managed to dig up a few remaining gems in 90069 and 90210—ones that serve up libations to be remembered (well, that is, depending on how many you drink!).

Whether you’re feeling a quiet date spot, strive for the highest quality liquor, or are just a sucker for a dreamy patio, we rounded up the six best hidden gem spots in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood if you want a fancy cocktail.

Chamberlain Bistro at the Chamberlain Hotel – West Hollywood

Located just off Sunset Blvd. (yet tucked just far enough away), the beautiful outdoor patio at the newly renovated Chamberlain Hotel is beyond perfect for sipping a few cocktails day or night. And in addition to their Hollywood-inspired libations, you also can’t go wrong with their risotto fritters and hand-cut Fries, yum.

(The Chamberlain via Instagram)

THE Blvd at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel – Beverly Hills

With seriously lush sofas and a Plaza-style chandelier, THE Blvd at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel is definitely an underrated spot. Whether you want to feel like a Breakfast at Tiffany’s character or just want to people watch, you can do both these things in style by grabbing a drink at their 18-foot onyx bar. It’s casual.

(THE Blvd via Instagram)

Crescent Lounge – Beverly Hills

Warm summer nights are best spent at this airy villa-style terrace, located inside the boutiquey Crescent Hôtel. It’s the elegantly furnished patio we’ve only seen in our dreams. It’s a super versatile spot that can host anything from a birthday brunch or wedding shower to a classy and casual GNO. Tastebuds beware: Drinks are strong and pungent!

(Crescent Hotel via Instagram)

CITIZEN – Beverly Hills

Sandwiched between some of the stuffier spots in 90210, this beautifully decorated bar and restaurant is a much more laidback addition to the area, making it easy to overlook. But it’s absolutely worth checking out. Their extensive food menu will send you straight to heaven, and their Avocado Toast cocktail (so L.A.) is one of the best and unlike anything we’ve ever had before.

(CITIZEN via Instagram)

The Club Bar at the Peninsula – Beverly Hills

It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle when located on Santa Monica Blvd., but the Club Bar at the Peninsula shouldn’t be overlooked. If getting away from all the noise along the street isn’t already enough of a selling point, you should also stay for their impressive wine list.

(The Peninsula Beverly Hills via Instagram)

£10 (Ten Pound) at the Montage Beverly Hills – Beverly Hills

Tucked away on the Montage’s second floor, £10 is a go-to spot for any true whiskey lover. You’ll experience finely aged cocktails and old-style décor that’s reminiscent of the early 1920s. Who needs a speakeasy when you can get the same vibe at a sleek and modern hotel?

(The Montage Beverly Hills via Instagram)
Beauty Food

Dirty Secrets Will Fly at Hollywood’s New Confession Lounge

June 4, 2015

Confession_skyelyfe_3I try to keep my Hollywood ventures to a minimum, but I must say, after attending the soft opening of the city’s new lounge Confession, I will most likely be heading that direction more frequently.

The multitiered space, designed to resemble an illuminated cathedral, is owned by prominent L.A. promoter Robert Kennedy (Greystone Manor, AV and 1Oak LA), along with Sunset Entertainment Group‘s Chris Breed and Alan Hajjar (White Lotus, Green Door, the Sunset Room).Confession_skyelyfe_2

Boasting delectable cocktails (with equally adorable names – hi, Frolic and Ginny!), a full meal menu (which includes everything from truffle mac-n-cheese, to bacon-wrapped shrimp served over spaghetti) – and even an actual confession booth, the spot is expected to bring Hollywood some class, with a lot of sass.

Confession_skyelyfe_1The venue just opened its doors to the (privileged) public on June 5th, and I was there to help celebrate. I look forward to making more confess-worthy memories at this sexy hotspot.


1666 McCadden Pl.

Hollywood, CA 90028


Music Angelenos

The h.wood Group Opens West Hollywood’s Classiest Karaoke Spot

January 21, 2015
Photo credit: Brian Lindensmith / All Access Photos

Photo credit: Brian Lindensmith / All Access Photos

Forget everything you associate with karaoke joints, because West Hollywood‘s brand new Blind Dragon isn’t your typical amateur singer’s establishment.

I attended the star-studded soft opening of the sexy, Asian-influenced lounge last week, and it is a far cry from the divey – albeit fun – spots in Koreatown, for example.

Opened by the guys of The h.wood Group (Henry’s, Shore Bar, The Nice Guy), the dim-lit hangout, which took over the Chi Lin space on Sunset Blvd. right behind Bootsy Bellows, features several rooms for groups to rent for singing their hearts out in the privacy of pals. There is also a general area with a full bar and tables.

The venue – which hosted everyone from Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne, to Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger on its VIP night – also serves up a tasty menu of pizza and dim sum options prepared by neighboring RivaBella chefs Luigi Fineo and Michael Lefnes.

Open from Wed. – Sun, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., this is the perfect spot to stumble on over to, straight from the club!

Photo credit: Brian Lindensmith / All Access Photos

Photo credit: Brian Lindensmith / All Access Photos

Photo credit: Brian Lindensmith / All Access Photos

Photo credit: Brian Lindensmith / All Access Photos

Photo credit: Brian Lindensmith / All Access Photos

Photo credit: Brian Lindensmith / All Access Photos