Party Earth Review Perched high atop the swank Huntley Hotel is The Penthouse, a dazzling, ultra-mod restaurant/lounge where a slightly older clientele of affluent Westsiders meets and mingles. Expansive windows offer transcendent 360-degree... ... read full review
The Huntley Hotel, 1111 2nd Street, 18th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90403
M–Th 7am–11pm, F–Su 7am–2am
Santa Monica / Westside, Los Angeles –
Perched high atop the swank Huntley Hotel is The Penthouse, a dazzling, ultra-mod restaurant/lounge where a slightly older clientele of affluent Westsiders meets and mingles.
Expansive windows offer transcendent 360-degree views of everything from the ocean to the Santa Monica Mountains to downtown Los Angeles, creating a vibe that is part South Beach, part under-the-sea.
Although the gorgeous panorama and two airy white dining rooms make The Penthouse a popular Sunday brunch spot, the real action heats up when the city lights begin to twinkle.
Curtained cabanas provide an ideal place to chill out and take in the sunset with a group of friends earlier in the evening, while later on the adjacent bar area becomes prime hunting ground for the moneyed singles and divorcées who prowl around the circular glass-topped bar and sip tasty signature cocktails.
Couples who’d like to get better acquainted can retire to the oversized leather wing chairs in the romantic lounge to cozy up next to the long, low fireplace, or stare up at the stars through the impressive skylight.
Patrons in search of a rowdy club crowd won’t find it here, where the active singles scene is decidedly for grownups who don’t mind spending a little money.
An elegant hideaway, The Penthouse offers a relaxing atmosphere where stylish professionals can feel right at home meeting old friends or making new ones.
Affluent, well-dressed professionals, couples, and divorcées, late 20s to 50s.
DJs spin Top 40 and retro favorites on Fridays and Saturdays. Other days feature iPod playlists of Euro lounge tunes.
Upscale menu of seafood and steaks. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.
Appetizers $8–$20, entrées $21–$44. Beer $7+, wine $11–$15, cocktails $10+. Valet free for first three hours with validation, $4/hour thereafter.
Casual chic or business casual: button-downs for guys, fashionable tops or dresses for women.
Sundays for brunch, late afternoons for the gorgeous sunset view, and Friday and Saturday evenings.
The rooftop bar at the Shangri-La Hotel (1301 Ocean Avenue) is another ritzy spot with splendid views.