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
Sunset Strip

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.

1020 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-358-7747

Rori’s Artisanal Creamery
Santa Monica Blvd

Rori’s Artisanal Creamery

Can’t make that date? No worries. There’s a Salt & Straw store at 8949 Santa Monica Blvd. Or try the bold, intense ice cream at Rori’s Artisanal Creamery. You’ll find more chilly treats at Yogurt Stop and Rawberri (vegan soft-serve, bowls, smoothies, juices and more).

8951 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-734-7418

Grafton on Sunset
Sunset Strip

Grafton on Sunset

OK, back to hotels….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.

8462 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
800-821-3660

The Standard, Hollywood
Sunset Strip

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.

8300 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323-650-9090

Andaz West Hollywood
Sunset Strip

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.

8401 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323-656-1234

Mondrian Los Angeles
Sunset Strip

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!

8440 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323-650-8999

Petit Ermitage
Santa Monica Blvd

Petit Ermitage

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).

8822 Cynthia Street
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-854-1114

Palihouse West Hollywood
Santa Monica Blvd

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?

8465 Holloway Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323-656-4100

Ramada Plaza Hotel & Suites
Santa Monica Blvd

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!)

8585 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-734-4746

Estrella
Sunset Strip

Estrella

A California cool vibe is the order of the day at Estrella, a restaurant imbued with the spirit of the Laurel Canyon artistic community. Stop in for a Flower Child (vodka, hibiscus agave, elderflower liqueur, yuzu juice and cold-pressed cranberry juice) or a Mr. Tambourine Man, which leads with pisco, a South American brandy.

8800 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-652-6613

Connie and Ted’s
Santa Monica Blvd

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.

8171 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323-848-2722

Laurel Hardware
Santa Monica Blvd

Laurel Hardware

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.

7984 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323-656-6070

Harlowe
Santa Monica Blvd

Harlowe

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.

7321 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323-876-5839

Zinque
Design District

Zinque

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.

8684 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90048
424-284-3930

 

 

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