The Tower Bar, Sunset Tower Hotel
Coddle an old-school cocktail and swoon over the incredible L.A. skyline at the site of Bugsy Siegel’s former apartment. Howard Hughes, Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn and John Wayne all also lived in this 1929 landmark building at one time. Tip: Gain daytime pool access with minimum food or drink purchase at the adjoining Terrace — make an entrance in your finery, leave an impression in your two-piece. Or not.
Windows Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
The recently renovated indoor-outdoor lounge is a cozy mecca for engaging in some good ol’ Hollywood self promotion. The green onyx fireplace, high hedges, romantic cabanas and impeccable service from the warm staff make the space feel like a private hideaway while located in the heart of the city. An additional plus: a cigar-friendly patio.
The Polo Lounge, the Beverly Hills Hotel
A Hollywood icon in its own right, the Polo Lounge remains an awards season staple. Savor the tricolored tortillas and salmon dip during cocktail hour at the bar, opt for a power brunch on the patio or consume an “edible cocktail” at newcomer Bar Nineteen 12 housed inside the legendary “Pink Palace.”
Bar Marmont, ChateauMarmont
Privacy and sex appeal have lured A-listers to this “castle on the hill” hovering over the Sunset Strip since 1929. Make a deal in the lounge at lunch, slip into a private party on the terrace or be seen at Bar Marmont next door.