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Mix, Mingle & Sip at These 10 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 shocking stories, laid-back conversations, and, like any good bar boasts, naughty matchmakings and hookups (many of which are inspired by delicious cocktails).

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, show off your style and order one (or several) of their must-try cocktails and drinks.

The Rooftop Bar at The West Hollywood EDITION

Rooftop pool at The West Hollywood EDITION

Situated where West Hollywood meets Beverly Hills, The West Hollywood EDITION is a hot spot for both locals and visitors of the Los Angeles area. Their legendary rooftop bar—The Roof—is adorned with luscious trees, potted plants and wooden seating, creating both a tropical and cozy setting. 

Must-Try Drink: Spa Day – an herby yet refreshing blend of lemon-basil Belvedere Cocchi Americano, aloe liqueur, lemon and mint

Merois at Pendry West Hollywood

Merois at Pendry Hotel

Merios is Wolfgang Puck’s stylish, globally-inspired rooftop restaurant and bar perched atop Pendry West Hollywood. The restaurant features a colorful California interior that’s set against the backdrop of the West Hollywood skyline. Elevating the unexpected, guests can expect to find simple yet stunning handcrafted cocktails.

Must-Try Drink: Samurai Sword – a perfect pairing for the restaurant’s Japanese-influenced menu, this cocktail is crafted with Suntory Toki whiskey, Cointreau liqueur, lemon, ginger and honey

Riot House at Andaz West Hollywood

Riot House at Andaz Hotel

Relax at the Andaz West Hollywood, a contemporary Sunset Strip hotel with a lovely mellow vibe. Its signature Riot House bar was a long-time stomping ground for rockstars in the ‘70s. Today, it’s one of the city’s most popular spots for unique cocktails and light bites. 

Must-Try Drink: Casa Refresher – a light and colorful combination of Casamigos blanco tequila, watermelon juice, lime simple syrup, mint and bitters.

The Fitting Room at the Chamberlain

Fitting Room 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 indoor/outdoor Fitting Room transports you to a private Eden, a magnet for night revelers as well as couples seeking a cozy hideaway.

Must-Try Drink: A glass of red wine – with their Asian and Latin-inspired menu and pristine patio, there’s nothing better than sipping a glass of wine at The Fitting Room.

B-Side Pizza at Hotel Ziggy

B-Side at Hotel Ziggy

This millennial hangout is a stylish-yet-cozy watering hole nestled on the Sunset Strip. Whether you’re pre-gaming with pizza and a cocktail before a naughty night out or grabbing a nightcap before passing out in your hotel bed, , B-Side Pizza has something for everyone.

Must-Try Drink: Evil Ways – a crowd-pleasing cocktail full of heat that perfectly combines mezcal, fresh jalapeño, cucumber and lime juice.

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.

Must-Try Drink: Belle de Jour – a bubbly drink crafted with Belvedere, Moet Chandon champagne, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and raspberry puree.

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.

Must-Try Drink: Choke Me, Spank Me – a naughty cocktail with bourbon, scotch and sweet vermouth topped with a blackberry lemon verbena shrub and lemon.

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. 

Must-Try Drink: Whiskey – whether concocted in a cocktail or served neat, whiskey is always the drink of choice at 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!

Must-Try Drink: The Dame Fortune – a daring drink with bourbon, rosemary syrup, hand-squeezed lemon and fresh rosemary sprigs, served over rocks.

The London Bar at The London West Hollywood

Casual opulence and understated luxury are on full display at The London Bar, situated next to the lobby at West Hollywood’s legendary London hotel. This lounge is so popular that even locals shack up here for its distinct bar scene. The glitzed-up, glammed-out bar serves up top-shelf spirits and fine wines from morning to night. Guests can also cozy up with a cocktail in the hotel’s new Sitting Room. 

Must-Try Drink: Hot English Tea – unexpected but luxurious, The London Bar’s Sitting Room hosts afternoon tea every Saturday and Sunday, and includes an assortment of teas and light desserts.

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