When someone visits New York, they often say, “I want to see The Statue Of Liberty.” When they visit Paris, it’s often “I want to see The Eiffel Tower.” But Los Angeles is a little different. Instead of wanting to see a historic landmark, a common request is, “I want to party and see a celebrity.” And it’s actually pretty easy to do. Sure, you may not be able to get into Soho House or the uber-exclusive San Vicente Bungalows without a membership (or a very connected friend) but for those seeking out the stars, your best place to head out in West Hollywood where the clubs and restaurants are overflowing with A-Listers. From Drake’s favorite after-party spot to the poolside party palace owned by the spouse of an iconic supermodel, check out these seven star-studded West Hollywood venues.
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Pick up any celebrity magazine and you’re likely to see photos of stars stepping out of the h.wood Groups’ The Nice Guy. Inside, the hotspot’s aesthetic pays homage to a decadent era of Mafia bars and restaurants, where the owners and their friends can enjoy an evening together. The modern squad of A-List gangsters includes names like Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, Ed Sheeran, Kaia Gerber, Rihanna, Hunter Schafer, Jaden Smith and Hailey & Justin Bieber.
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Celebrity Approved Cocktail: The All Nighter made with Remy Martin vsop cognac, granny smith apples, strega, lemon and hazelnut. Shaken and topped with prosecco.
401 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, @theniceguyla
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Skybar is the much-buzzed about bar and lounge inside the Mondrian Hotel. It was opened in December 1996 by Rande Gerber, who went on to marry supermodel Cindy Crawford. Skybar features an outdoor area with a sparking pool overlooking West Hollywood, as well an indoor area with sexy stoked bar. When the sun sets, the pulse of Skybar beats even louder, stirring a seductive energy, aroused by world-class DJs and Hollywood glamour. In addition to serving as the backdrop for numerous A-List parties, Skybar has seen the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio, Joe Jonas, Michael B. Jordan and Emma Roberts come through its doors.
Celebrity Approved Cocktail: The Peach Lemonade made with JAJA Blanco Tequila, St Germain Liqueur, lemonade and peach puree.
8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, @skybarla
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A massive indoor/outdoor celebrity oasis, Catch LA is the restaurant that defines the see-and-be-seen hangout. Perched above the dynamic streets of West Hollywood’s design district, Catch LA is the first west coast outpost of the acclaimed New York restaurant. With its signature open kitchen and breathtaking views of downtown Los Angeles & the Hollywood Hills, the 340 seat retractable rooftop haven is al fresco dining and imbibing with a side of fame. Brooklyn Beckham, Miranda Kerr, Sofia Richie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chanel Iman, Brie Larson, Millie Bobby Brown and Jennifer Lopez are just a few of the celebs who have been caught having a good time at Catch.
Celebrity Approved Cocktail: The Detox Retox made with Casamigos reposado tequila, basil, fresh lime, a touch of sweet and a hint of jalapeno.
8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, @catch
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Nestled in the space once occupied by STK, Poppy nightclub totally transports celebrity revelers into a unique storybook fantasy world. The space features a garden-inspired entrance, a kaleidoscope library and the fashion-inspired atrium (which gives off major Gucci vibes). More of an experience than a venue, Poppy guests find themselves among the fantastic bohemian cast of mermaids, peacocks, garden gypsies, baroque layers, human animals and swinging storytellers. (expect no less from h.wood Group). Poppy partiers can take it all in while dancing to the DJ beats, lounging in the indoor/outdoor patio area and receiving personalized poems or caricature portraits. Poppy also features a private room housing an exclusive bar under a curved upholstered ceiling where the VIPs like Kourtney Kardashian, The Weeknd, Madison Beer, Miguel, Chantel Jeffries, Anastasia Karanikolaou and Lottie Moss usually settle in.
Celebrity Approved Cocktail: While there is not a set cocktail program at Poppy, their bottle service is an event in itself. Bottled spirits are encapsulated in oversized roses, oyster shells and crystallized bathtubs, presented by their matching role-playing hostesses.
755 N. La Cienaga Blvd., West Hollywood, @poppy
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Delilah is an ultra-chic hybrid restaurant/lounge that pays homage to the “Roaring ‘Twenties” boasting a Gatsby-worthy art deco style. Like its sister restaurant The Nice Guy, there is rarely a celebrity free night. Kendall Jenner famously celebrated her 21st birthday here while Drake chose the venue for an American Music Awards after-party. Following dinner hours, guests can enjoy lounge-style bottle service with live entertainment. Bella Hadid, A$AP Rocky, John Mayer and Machine Gun Kelly & Megan Fox have also been seen turning up at Delilah.
Celebrity Approved Cocktail: Drake’s Spritzer made with Vietti Moscato D’Asti, peachello and Haku vodka. Served in a wine glass with a splash of sparkling soda
7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, @delilah
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With paparazzi parked outside nightly, Craig’s is one of the most famous places for the famous to go. Perfect for a pre-game dinner, this restaurant serves up upscale’ American comfort food with a California flare with dishes like Meldman’s Honey Truffle Chicken, Whitefish Piccata, Bone-In Prime Rib-Eye and Vegan Puttanesca alla Vodka. Behind the bar, guests will find an impressive wine list and collection of handsome cocktails. Regulars include Paris Hilton, Lizzo, Blake Griffin, Emily Ratajkowski, Kevin Hart and Tinashe.
Celebrity Approved Cocktail: The Danny Ocean (named after George Clooney’s character in “Ocean’s 11”) made with Casamigos Reposado Tequila, basil, fresh lime, a touch of sweet and a hint of jalapeno and the Tennessee Blue made with Woodinville Whiskey, blackberry and lime, agave, with a touch a mint.
8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, @craigsla
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You can’t talk about nightlife in West Hollywood without mentioning the iconic Bootsy Bellows. Arriving on the scene in 2012, this swanky club was named after actor (and co-owner) David Arquette’s mother, a former burlesque dancer and pinup model. Today, Bootsy combines live entertainment including sizzling DJs, live music performances and puppets…yes we said puppets, making it a spectacle in a class all its own. Keep your eyes peeled for stars such as Kendall & Kylie Jenner, Megan Thee Stallion, DJ Khaled and Justine Skye.
Celebrity Approved Cocktail: Two words: table service.
9229 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, @bootsybellows