Daniel H.

Daniel H.

Los Angeles

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  • The Bungalow at the Fairmont Hotel

    Los Angeles
    Bar / Lounge
    The Bungalow at the Fairmont Hotel - Bar | Lounge in Los Angeles.
    Jan 14, 2013 Hollywood Hits the Beach "WHO AM I: I’m a mix of Emma and Adriana. I’m always looking for an adventurous evening or somewhere new, I love rowdy bars where people don’t mid letting loose, but I also gravitate towards decadent clubs as long as the DJ is playing electro. WHO’S HANGING HERE: The crowd at the Bungalow at the Fairmont Hotel is a yuppie mix of well-to-do twenty and thirty something’s from Brentwood, Santa Monica, and the Palisades. Well-dressed men and beautiful women looking for an upscale meat-market atmosphere, as well as a lot of recent college grads tired of sports bars and Irish pubs. THE DIGS: The Bungalow is a really expansive space composed of a number of different rooms. You’re greeted outside by the bouncer, and once let in, pass through a quaint courtyard. You can choose to go inside on your right, which is a spacious and high-roofed lounge with couches mostly for bottle service, fireplaces, walls adorned with the décor of a Baja-west lounge, and a long bar. Or you can choose to go straight into the massive greenhouse, with trees coming up from the earth and Christmas lights dotting the ceiling. The “outdoor” area is kept warm by the insulation and extends all the way to a bar in the back. Most of the center is composed of bottle service tables and booths. THE VIBE: The Bungalow is a pretty laid back spot during the week, with a mix of locals and hotel guests, but transforms into a jam-packed destination that guarantees a line by 10pm despite the spacious layout of the place. Women show up in high fashion – designer jeans or sexy dresses and a prized pair of pumps – while a mix of young professional men and older power-players sharpen up from the usual flannel-clad bars in the area. Definitely a lot of peacocking at the Bungalow, not a lot of diversity, but as the night goes on rowdiness seems to be encouraged – the mix of class and debauchery is evident by the bottle service served at all the best booths in venue, despite the fact that the Bungalow is not a club. COCKTAILS & CUISINE: A pretty extensive (and expensive) cocktail list, but not all that much to offer as far as beer is concerned. Ask the bartender what you want and they’ll probably make it, but you’ll have to fight your way up to the bar on a weekend. THE FUN: I was impressed by how social the scene here was, it really is a destination for people who want to socialize. Did I mention the location?! On the corner of Ocean and California, you are truly right across the street from the beach. The lit-up greenhouse also provides the entertainment of an outdoor bar while still staying warm. WHAT TO WEAR: Fashionable, not formal. There’s no dress code, but the vibe here is swank and stylish. Heels seemed to be universal, whether with jeans or dress. Men wear stylish T’s or collars, and a lot of pea coats and blazers in the winter. WHAT DOES IT COST: The Bungalow is in my “must pregame first” price range. Beers cost $8 a pop while your bottom-shelf cocktails start around $12 bucks. INSIDER STUFF: Get there early. Straight up. ONE GOOD STORY: I’ve only recently started going to the Bungalow, but this is a place to be on a Friday night in Santa Monica, and I severely underestimated its popularity my first time going. I thought I was eerily early by showing up at 10pm (which c’mon, is pretty early for a Friday night), but was quickly proven wrong by the line that was wrapping through the parking lot. My party got stuck outside for 20 minutes during the “ice-aggedon” weekend of freezing temps…for LA, that is. And like I said, things tend to get rowdy later into the night. I witnessed a four-person fight that ended in a UFC-worthy chokehold on the floor while a lot of bottle-service glassware spilled across the room. " hide
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  • Finn McCool's Irish Pub

    Los Angeles
    Irish Pub / Restaurant
    Finn McCool's Irish Pub - Irish Pub | Restaurant in Los Angeles.
    Dec 13, 2012 Not as "cool" as the name suggests "Finn McCool’s greatest merit is its location, or else it would just be any other Westside Irish Pub that plays bad pop music determined by whoever has enough money for the high-tech jukebox. Upon walking in you’re greeted by a circular bar that allows the bartenders to serve anyone in the various sections of the venue. The right side of Finn’s has more of a traditional feel, with darkened wood paneling, floors, and booths, and of course campy Guinness signs everywhere you look. There’s a more secluded backroom that always seems to be taken already by some group, and then on the left side of the bar is a thin area where patrons are forced to be more social and the feel is a bit more tavern-y. It’s a fun bar to hang out at with a group of friends since it doesn’t get nearly as crowded as the nearby Basement Tavern or as raucous as Circle Bar, but drinks are slightly overpriced, and overall it’s pretty much a cheesy Irish pub that takes advantage of it’s location in the hotspot of Santa Monica. " hide
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  • Busby's West

    Los Angeles
    Restaurant / Sports Bar
    Busby's West - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Los Angeles.
    Dec 13, 2012 Mellow During Week, Meat Market Weekends "Busby’s used to be one of my local spots and I can personally say that it is the two-face of bars. During the week it’s a pretty laid-back sports bar with a mostly after-work crowd with some neighborhood faces popping in. But as soon as the weekend hits, young alumni, current UCLA students, and anyone else in a few mile radius looking to get straight hammed shows up at the door. Lines form by 11, the main room transforms into a dance floor with a DJ bumping top-40 beats, and the place becomes packed with reckless abandon. If you’re looking for a meat-market on the Westside but can’t make it to Circle Bar, a weekend at Busby’s is definitely your best bet. " hide
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