Fancy a drink or a night out whilst you’re in Los Angeles? Here are some of the places we would stop by.
The Hudson (1114 N Crescent Heights Blvd, West Hollywood)
This bar and eatery in West Hollywood is your typical friendly neighbourhood gathering place. Have a glass of wine or cocktail and chat with old and new friends – it’s an easy-going atmosphere here which surely will allow you to make some new acquantainces. Oh, and notice the tree growing through the dining room!
Spare Room (at the Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood)
A quintessential LA spot, this elegant lounge features bowling lanes and classic games. Feel yourself transported back in time, order a cocktail from one of the handsome bartenders, enjoy the tunes from the DJ booth or play a round of two of bowling. You will want to stay here for hours.
Dirty Laundry (1725 N Hudson Ave, Hollywood)
Sporting a very different vibe from the aforementioned places, Dirty Laundry isn’t exactly dirty, but not far from it. It’s more of an underground, rock’n’ roll place – reflected in the interior, bartenders and music – while at the same time making fantastic cocktails and boasting a good-looking clientele.
No Vacancy (1727 N Hudson Ave, Hollywood)
This hidden speakeasy cocktail bar/club might take you a while to find, but it’s well worth it. The entrance involves stepping into a long hallway, finding a bedroom, a woman telling you the ‘house rules’ and a bed sliding apart opening up to reveal a small staircase leading down to the actual club. Expect strong (and delicious) cocktails, 80s music and live shows. Chateau Marmont (8221 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood)
Hotel, restaurant, café and bar, this 1920s French Villa just off Sunset Blvd is something on it’s own. It might be a celeb hotspot, but the ambience remains relaxed and casual. The food is good and the service even better. Enjoy a lovely lunch in the idyllic garden terrace or head here for a cocktail after dinner. Reservations is a good idea for dinner, but don’t worry about parking! Valet parking is free. Also, this is a ‘no picture’ place (but we managed to get one of Celina anyway).
The Argyle (1600 Argyle Ave, Hollywood)
This relatively new addition to the Hollywood club scene can best be described as a classic bottle service club – yet with something different. And by different, we are referring to basement cocktail bar that feels more like a 1920s speakeasy than anything else. This is in strong contrast to the hip-hop/chart music and occational live performances upstairs. We enjoyed our time here dancing and enjoying a glass of champagne with Soulja Boy in the club and relaxing (our sore dancing feet) in the downstairs cocktail bar. Whether you enjoy this split-personality haut, we’ll leave for you to decide.
Hooray Henry’s (8713 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood)
This British-themed club is buzzing with people, champagne and trendy music. Brilliant for celebrity spotting – not so good for avoiding oil sheiks. Bottle service dominates, but if you get the chance try one of the crafty cocktails as well. All in all, Hooray Henry’s promises a decent night out but doesn’t distinguish itself from any other LA, NYC or London club.
We promise we’ll be back in LA soon, and will definitely be checking out 1OAK, Bootsy Bellows and Project LA!