Party Earth Review Featuring a fantastical design by Philippe Starck and an equally imaginative food and cocktail menu by renowned chef José Andrés, Bar Centro is a playground for the senses that foodies and cocktail lovers... ... read full review
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
465 South La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
M–Th, Su 5:30pm–midnight, F–Sa 5:30pm–1am
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles –
Featuring a fantastical design by Philippe Starck and an equally imaginative food and cocktail menu by renowned chef José Andrés, Bar Centro is a playground for the senses that foodies and cocktail lovers won’t want to miss.
A long center table illuminated to resemble a catwalk brings the trendy and well-heeled patrons together as they gather at the dozens of stools to savor incredible concoctions like the Liquid Cherry Manhattan and the New Way, a martini with olives that explode when they hit the tongue.
Young professionals dressed to the nines congregate at the bar in back to flirt with slick Europeans and international jet-setters, while foodies pack into the sitting room to indulge in delicacies including caviar with crème fraîche and a patented Philly cheesesteak made with air bread, cheddar, and Wagyu beef.
Those at a loss for words need only look at the remarkable décor, an eclectic collection of unusual furniture, area rugs, and knickknacks – not to mention a preponderance of monkey images and objects – that provides plenty of conversation pieces.
The vibe picks up in the late evening, when throngs of the stylish habitués of Beverly Hills and Hollywood show up to hobnob, get cozy in the curtained nooks, or just celebrate the finer things – something Bar Centro spares no expense to deliver.
Affluent young professionals, international hotel guests, Beverly Hills locals, foodies, trendy groups, and singles, mid-20s to late 30s.
Loungy background music includes Latin beats, French pop.
Menu with a modern twist and a focus on molecular gastronomy, including cheese plates, appetizers, sandwiches, and unique entrées like melon hamachi and sea urchin steamed buns. Dessert bar.
Extensive menu of specialty cocktails including the Magic Mojito, an elegant drink consisting of a martini glass filled with a cloud of cotton candy that melts away when the minty concoction is poured over it.
Appetizers $5–$34, sandwiches $8–$18, entrées $10–$32. Beer $6–$11, wine $13+/glass or $38/bottle, cocktails $16–$20, sake $14+/glass or $85+/bottle. Valet $12.
Neiman Marcus designer wear and accessories: tight dresses, boots, Joe’s Jeans, Ed Hardy button-downs, Affliction jeans, and Louis Vuitton handbags.
Any time for an affluent crowd, but especially Fridays and Saturdays between 9 and 11pm when the real partiers show up.
Not in the mood for molecular gastronomy? Matsuhisa (129 North La Cienega) attracts a similar foodie crowd and is known as one of the best (and most expensive) sushi restaurants in Los Angeles.