Summer Refreshments in WeHo: Cocktails, Menus, Music & Events
Los Angeles is famous for its full-on sunshine and this year’s heat is shattering records. As temps soar and AC cranks like never before, here’s a guide to cool spots in West Hollywood to sit back, relax and chill.
Boxwood at The London West Hollywood
The London West Hollywood is a perfect place to start. Head up to Boxwood on the Roof restaurant and bar for rosé specials all day on Tuesdays. At the Boxwood’s Game On Friday nights, you can play games like UNO and Connect Four. Sweeten your winning strategy on Friday, July 21, from 4-8 p.m., when Boxwood partners with Salt & Straw to offer a sampling of delightful, Portland-cool ice cream.
Grafton on Sunset
On weekends, enjoy poolside service and a DJ at The Grafton on Sunset. Be sure to sample the Grafton’s new Tropical Cooler, which is made with spiced rum and Glow hydration beverage. An antioxidant mojito and mimosa flights are also refreshing choices.
The Standard, Hollywood
The Standard Hotel offers frosé (frozen rosé ) and another frozen beverage that changes monthly. For a light bite as you lounge poolside, try a taco platter and a pitcher of sangria for four.
Andaz West Hollywood
Or amble over to The Andaz, where you can sip in celeb-worthy style. The Marilyn Monroe is pink lemonade and vodka. There’s also a Piña Colada that changes weekly.
Mondrian Los Angeles
Summer hours, anyone? Join the Mondrian Skybar for Just Ditch! Pick this sexy poolside over work on Friday afternoons from 1-6 p.m. Sit, sip and listen to DJ Aaron Colbert (and friends). DJs also spin on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-6 p.m. And on Sundays, Skybar hosts the XIV Summer Sessions daytime pool party. The Mondrian’s recommended summer cocktails are the frozen Piña Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiri. Yum!
Another way to step it up: the Petit Ermitage’s new Mile High Club. Three mezcals are served from a small suitcase and poured tableside, along with citrus slices and sal de gusano (salt that incorporates the worms found on agave).
Palihouse West Hollywood
Or visit Palihouse West Hollywood’s Mardi, a stunning courtyard restaurant specializing in California seasonal cuisine. Why not try the citrusy Throw Back, punctuated with melon liquor and rhubarb bitters?
Ramada Plaza Hotel & Suites
The trendy eatery kitchen24 is the food and beverage provider for the Ramada Plaza Hotel so be sure to stop by for the Saturday specials: the $15 Bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosa, every weekend. (Note to stomach: There is also a kitchen24 restaurant at 8575 Santa Monica Blvd. located right next to the hotel!)
Connie and Ted’s
Enjoy fish and shellfish, inspired by classic clam shacks, oyster bars and fish houses, at Connie and Ted’s. Their new seasonal cocktail program features unique ingredients and flavors from around the globe. For instance, By Land or Sea is made of Edinburgh Seaside Gin, Caperitif, grapefruit and thyme. Hailing from South Africa, Caperitif is a floral, wine-based aperitif with 35 botanicals.
Laurel Hardware is a see-and-be-seen place, to be sure. A brunch-cocktail option: “I hear she does car commercials…in Japan” (sparkling wine, fresh-squeezed blood orange juice, Fortaleza blanco tequila and Cynar). A former hardware store, Laurel Hardware is a great spot to meet for drinks and shared food made with local and organic produce.
For vintage charm with a Southern accent, check out Harlowe, where you’ll find much to entice, including: Day at the Zoo (Square One botanical vodka, Velvet falernum, Angostura bitters, green tea, cucumber, apple, celery, lime and dill) and Steeped in Desire–a Hennessy-Curacao-Earl Grey combo.
The Francophiles at Zinqué recommend ordering a glass of Minuty rosé with a side of ice as the ultimate summer refresher. A lovely choice for a light and cooling meal: plancha-grilled branzino with lemon-chimichurri sauce.