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LottaLiving.com • What is the Best Modern Bar in LA (after Encounter)?
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What is the Best Modern Bar in LA (after Encounter)?

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:20 am
by ChrisLAXEncounter
All this drinking talk makes me wonder about LA's best modern bar.

Hands down, it has to be Encounter.

But what about the others?

The Frolic Room is too early; the Broadway Bar is too late.

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:06 am
by Nathan
This is a really good question. There are many themed environments that reek of exotica, most of which of recent birth--Good Luck, Bigfoot, Little Cave--but where are the bars that say "International Modern"? Or "Space Age Jet Set Lounge Meets That Late 60s Rococo Thing"?

The Standard?

I do enjoy spinning vinyl at the Shortstop... http://www.latimemachines.com/new_page_91.htm

Hmm. I'm at a loss. Who's got the skinny?

Should we all pool our resources and start the Bertoia/Eames/Lavergne/Danishesque watering hole?

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:57 am
by Futura Girl
the best bar is in vegas
tivoli gardens :P

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:15 pm
by L.A.kevin

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:18 pm
by L.A.kevin
Oh... and the Chalet.

Best.


Lighting.


Ever.

http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profil ... halet.html

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:24 pm
by Nathan
Did the Chalet used to be Toppers?

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:47 am
by ChrisLAXEncounter
At first blush, I would think the Frolic Room, next to the Pantages, but built in the 1930s, it is too early.

http://baldmtpress.com/hollywood/pictur ... lywood.htm

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:04 am
by ChrisLAXEncounter

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:58 pm
by scowsa

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:10 pm
by L.A.kevin
Nathan- I think you are right about the previous name of the Chalet.

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:02 pm
by nichols

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:17 pm
by L.A.kevin
I believe Windows is still closed down while they yukify the exterior of the SBC building. What they're doing there is the equivalent of putting up Home Depot MDF country cabinet doors on a kitchen that had Mahogany custom cabinets.

K

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:43 pm
by Senator Jack
When I was in LA I was taken to the 'Em' or 'M' Bar on Temple St. With its rock walls, low tables, and lounge combo playing in the corner, I felt like I was in a Rock Hudson-Doris Day picture. If I lived in LA, it would definitely be my hangout.

Regards,

Senator Jack

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 9:48 am
by ChrisLAXEncounter

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 9:55 am
by ChrisLAXEncounter
West at Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd., formerly Holiday Inn

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:14 am
by nichols
The Luxe was originally the "Bel Air Sands" and opened around 1962. Sleek & mod but remodeled later. Is it back to sleek 'n mod?
Image

Isn't West atop the Hotel Angeleno? The cylindrical former Holiday Inn next door that looms over the 405?
Image
http://www.jdvhospitality.com/hotels/hotel/351

Speaking of former Holiday Inn restaurants, Had a lovely meal at Blue Velvet last week and thought it was very very attractive. Really a pretty incredible place.

http://bluevelvetrestaurant.com/
Designed by these folks:
http://www.tagfront.com/home.swf

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 9:52 pm
by ChrisLAXEncounter
Hopefully tonight I'll check it out tonight.

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:17 pm
by ChrisLAXEncounter

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:55 am
by nichols
Ohhhh boy:

Image


uly 20, 2007—To most people, the photo above represents somewhere to store some extra cash (or possibly a good opportunity for a stick-up). To a growing number of players in the L.A. nightlife scene, however, it’s the perfect spot for a new club—no fewer than three venues are scheduled to open in former banks over the next six months. First up is Bank Heist, which launches in early August in a North Hollywood building by John Parkinson, the architect known for landmarks like Los Angeles Memorial Stadium and City Hall. Owner Jason Feld has retained the original mahogany walls and terrazzo floors. “It’ll have a 1920s gangster theme, but nothing over the top,â€￾ he claims. (On the menu: mojito snow cones.)

In downtown L.A., meanwhile, another Parkinson bank (above; one assumes they’ll do something about the lighting) is currently being converted into the Crocker Club, where come fall guests will have to provide a password to enter the whisky bar and check out the marble teller counters and the VIP lounge in the main vault...

http://www.men.style.com/news/going_out ... d=rss_msnf

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:07 am
by ChrisLAXEncounter
That is a good recommendation, Nichols.

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:43 am
by CapitalMod
It predates the era, but I love the Formosa. Everytime I visit my sister, I drag anyone I can up there. Always have a great time, especially if she is driving. :cheers:

Mid-century bar

Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:02 am
by Paliau
I'd say the Blue Room is a candidate - (1947) - 916 S. San Fernando Road Burbank, CA 91521 323-849-2779

Given the very unique double curved bar (although I don't know when it was built) TC's Cocktail Lounge, 694 W 9th St, San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 514-1691 - this is a very wonderful hidden gem - great interior (don't know what it's like at night however).

The Prince, 3198 W. 7th St., Los Angeles (213) 389-1586, while it has an older vibe was remodeled by Armet & Davis in 1961. The horse shoe sort of shaped bar was probably viewed as quite modern back then. This place is endangered, so get over there while you can. A rather unique cross-cultural experience to boot.