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36 PRIVATE CLUBS The Britely: This relatively new spot on the members-only scene (opened April 2021) is housed within the Pendry West Hollywood building with interiors designed by Martin Brudnizki, who also designed Dallas' late- great Bullion restaurant (which we hear is reopening in 2023). Here, the blush-pink lacquered walls are festooned with mirrors 110th anniversary in 2022. It's the epitome of old-school chic. The best reason to visit is a martini at the Polo Lounge. This storied room with its candy-striped ceiling has long been the epicenter of power dining in L.A. Our go-to item on the menu is the McCarthy Salad (iceberg, romaine, grilled chicken, egg, beets, tomatoes, cheddar, smoked bacon, avocado, balsamic vinaigrette), available at lunch and dinner. It's been on the menu since the 1940s, when it was created for a regular, renowned local polo player Neil McCarthy. And, in celebration of the 110th anniversary, it can be upgraded to $1,912 to include gold- leaf flakes, lobster, caviar, and an engraved bottle of Dom Pérignon. 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. Pendry West Hollywood: Sleek cars and a sleeker crowd gather at the Pendry, starting at the glamorous driveway of this relatively new spot on the boutique-hotel scene, which takes up an entire block of the infamous Sunset Strip (the former site of House of Blues). 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. The Peninsula Beverly Hills: I feel like penning a love letter to this beyond luxurious hotel nestled dangerously close to the shops along Rodeo Drive. My first time here, I squealed with delight to see that they had monogrammed my pillows in advance. Yes, The Peninsula maintains a closet with thousands of monogrammed pillowcases awaiting repeat guests. The rooftop pool has incomparable views of Century City and the Beverly Hills skyline with plush cabanas stocked with waiters at the ready to transport a cocktail or flute of champs. 9882 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Sunset Tower Hotel: Like many Hollywood landmarks, you'll likely recognize the Sunset Tower's façade or certain interiors from movies or photographs taken at the famed Vanity Fair Oscar Party (the hotel was the setting for this event from 2009 to 2013). On my recent trip, I scored a last-minute reservation at Tower Bar and Restaurant. Honestly, there's a great high that accompanies such a coup, since many wait weeks to get in on a Saturday night at 8 pm, when the scene is beyond glamorous. The Tower Bar, formerly Bugsy Siegel's apartment on the ground floor of the hotel, is one of the chicest and most sumptuous rooms in town. Similar to a member's-only club, they have a strict policy on photos in many public spaces to ensure the privacy of the dazzling celebrities who are as common here as John Deere salesmen at a West Texas Courtyard Marriott. 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. and ostrich feathers aplenty … and the chicest bowling alley in town. 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Chateau Marmont: This hideaway off the Sunset Strip was once the go-to for the Hollywood crowd wishing to escape the paps. There was a time when walking through the lobby or bar, you could spot Leonardo or Lohan lounging before heading back to their extended-stay suites. Lohan famously left under cover of night (well, we don't know exactly what time it was, but the evening seems more glamorous) with a major bill outstanding. The Chateau, like so many, closed shortly after the pandemic began. Celebrity hotelier André Balazs has been battling it out due to accusations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination ever since. But word on the streets is that it may re- emerge as a member's-only club. 8221 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, The Ivy The Britely's rooftop bar LACMA's Resnick Pavilion Maxfield YE RIN MOK © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES/ LACMA (Continued from page 74) (Continued)

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