This story first appeared in the Dec. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
5574 Melrose Ave.
Expect a pitch-perfect Parisian fantasia, where the nightly song-and-dance performers descend from the ceiling.
Who's there: Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner, Robert Pattinson, Aziz Ansari
Ask for the THR remix of: Hot Buttered Rum
Smith & Cross rum is combined with orgeat and Velvet Falernum syrups. Grated cinnamon, nutmeg and clove are then added. Finally, it's garnished with a mist of star anise, pineapple and -- hey, it's French -- absinthe.
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
This Westside watering hole is known for adroit Japanese-inflected takes on classic cocktails (a nod to its address along the "Little Osaka" noodle and sushi corridor).
Who's there: Conan O'Brien, Brian Grazer, Maria Shriver, Sofia Vergara
Ask for the THR remix of: Eggnog
Plan Check combines it with a dulce de leche and coconut combo, which comes with a sprinkling of Maldon sea salt -- providing just a hint of salted caramel.
112 W. Channel Road
A 7-month-old gloss on a preppy old-school beach club, it's situated just an olive's toss inland from Pacific Coast Highway.
Who's there: Steven Spielberg, Sean Penn, Katy Perry, Chelsea Handler
Ask for the THR remix of: Cider
The standard fermented fruit-juice recipe is tweaked with market-fresh ingredients. Expect vodka amalgamated with apple and lemon juice, house-made agave-ginger syrup, a spritz of Champagne and rosemary-cinnamon garnish.
1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
The South Pasadena bastion of nouveau-boozing is housed in an impossibly quaint Craftsman-style bungalow.
Who's there: Natalie Portman, Gore Verbinski, Kirsten Dunst, Gwen Stefani
Ask for the THR remix: A Hot Toddy
That simple cold-weather staple -- whiskey and milk with sugar or honey, along with perhaps some cloves or a cinnamon stick -- has been upgraded. 1886's green tea variant of the toddy finds a sencha blend paired with 12-year single malt Yamazaki whiskey.