Nightlife

Mix & Mingle at Ritzy Lounges in West Hollywood

Sip a cocktail—or several—at the hottest hotel bars and lounges in town


If the walls of West Hollywood’s hotel bars could talk, they’d confess NSFW stories, laid-back conversations, and, like any good bar boasts, naughty matchmakings and hookups (many of those inspired by innovative mixologists who know how to sling creative and unique libations).

From historic hideaways to lively hot spots, the city’s hotel lounges are both quirky and cushy. There’s a perch with your name on it, so strut over and show off your style.

Riot House at Andaz West Hollywood

Relax at the Andaz West Hollywood, a contemporary Sunset Strip hotel with a lovely mellow vibe. Its signature Riot House bar is a longtime stomping ground for rockers. Try the cocktail La Cienega, which combines El Silencio mezcal, blood orange, black peppercorn, and bitters. There’s plenty of action at all hours around the highest rooftop pool in Los Angeles.

8401 SUNSET BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
323-656-1234, ANDAZWESTHOLLYWOOD.COM

The Bistro Bar at the Chamberlain

Chamberlain Hotel, an urban oasis tucked away on a quiet, residential street, is the perfect mix of chill and bleeding-edge smart. The rooftop Bistro bar transports you to a private Eden, a magnet for night revelers. Order an arousing drink like The Passion Mojito (Castillo rum, passion fruit, mint, lime juice, and agave) or their signature Fashionista (Casa Noble tequila, pink guava, orange liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup).Due to the intimacy of the space, Bistro bar is only open to hotel guests—book a room now, because you won’t want to miss this.

1000 WESTMOUNT DRIVE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
310-657-7400, CHAMBERLAINWESTHOLLYWOOD.COM/DINING

Bar 20 at the Grafton

This millennial hangout is perfectly located on the Sunset Strip, makingBar 20 the ideal watering hole for pre-gaming before a naughty night out (or a nightcap before passing out in your hotel bed). The guitar-inspired cocktail lounge is a rock ‘n‘ roll jewel box with a backlit bar and tons of vinyl, plus free live music any given night. Turn up with Oliver’s Spicy Twist, a crowd-pleaser full of heat and made with silver tequila, muddled cucumber, fresh jalapeño, and lime juice.

8462 SUNSET BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
323-491-9006, BAR20ONSUNSET.COM

The London Bar at The London West Hollywood

This lounge is so popular that even locals shack up here for its distinct bar scene. The glitzed-up, glammed-out London Bar serves up top-shelf spirits and fine wines to bougie (in the best way) hotel guests. For an al fresco experience, Rooftop West (open seasonally) on the 10th floor offers plush seating, fire pits and, of course, the million-dollar view of West Hollywood.

1020 NORTH SAN VICENTE BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
866-282-4560, THELONDONWESTHOLLYWOOD.COM

Skybar at Mondrian

Skybar is velvet-rope glamorous, so dress to impress (no, seriously, dress up if you want to get in—the bouncers aren’t playin’ around). Perched high above the hotel’s outdoor pool, the open-air Skybar is chic and breezy, thriving day and night, and packed with stylish guests who knock back refreshing, original cocktails.

8440 SUNSET BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
323-848-6025, SBE.COM/NIGHTLIFE/BRANDS/SKYBAR

Lobby Lounge & Bar at Palihouse West Hollywood

You’ll find the bohemian-chic lobby lounge packed with night owls, before heading to the glittering al fresco courtyard for late-night libations. If drinking under the stars sounds like your perfect night out, Palihouse also offers an intimate rooftop bar with 360-degree views of WeHo and the famous Hollywood Hills.

8465 HOLLOWAY DRIVE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
323-656-4100, PALISOCIETY.COM/HOTELS/WEST-HOLLYWOOD/DINING/

The Rooftop at Petit Ermitage

The fairytale fantasyland of Petit Ermitage’s rooftop whispers whimsy with native gardens, sunken fireplaces, and glowing lanterns. This rooftop sanctuary is the perfect place to pop champs or indulge in fine vintage wines while wrapped in a luxurious fur blanket. There’s even a tucked-away poolside cabana flanked by kumquat trees (the fruit is muddled in freshly made signature cocktails), and an indoor Master’s Lounge practically made for cozying up with a book and a glass of scotch.

8822 CYNTHIA STREET, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
310-854-1114, PETITERMITAGE.COM

Bar at The Standard, Hollywood

One of the raddest spots on the Sunset Strip, this is the ideal place for happy boozing and schmoozing. Eccentric millennials may wipe out mini-bars with their entourage, catch a nightcap in the Cactus Lounge, or have a clubby Saturday in Mmhmm, the hotel’s nightlife venue. But the essential drinking spot is at the sunny, feel-good pool scene, decked out with ping pong table, blue Astroturf, and plenty of chill zones.

8300 SUNSET BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
323-650-9090, STANDARDHOTELS.COM/LA/PROPERTIES/HOLLYWOOD

Bar 1200 at the Sunset Marquis

If rock ‘n’ roll is in your blood, you’ll love to get down at Sunset Marquis, the classic home-away-from-home for rock stars and groupies. In the front of the hotel is Bar 1200, a tiny, dark and sexy bar that serves such rock stars as John Mayer and Steven Tyler. With capacity for only 45 people, the bar is intimate yet pulses with so much soul it could reincarnate James Brown. Whiskey takes center stage here, whether concocted in a perfect cocktail or poured neat.

1200 ALTA LOMA ROAD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
310-657-1333, SUNSETMARQUIS.COM/BAR-1200

The Sunset Tower Hotel

Step aside Kardashians, the Sunset Tower Hotel should be a reality show—hell, we’d watch! For almost a century, this landmark served as home to celebrities like John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor. Even gangster Bugsy Siegel enjoyed a libation or two in the cushy Tower Bar once upon a time. Jazz pianists set the ambience for guests who order from a selection of signature cocktails like the Tower Smash (tequila, fresh basil, hand squeezed lemon and fresh ginger) or opt for rare varietals from the refined wine list. Cheers!

8358 SUNSET BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
323-654-7100, SUNSETTOWERHOTEL.COM

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