Trader Vic’s at the Beverly Hilton
History lives at the Beverly Hilton off of Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd.
Like the quintessential bellhop waiting to escort you and your bags through the gold framed glass doors, and the pool that is heated to 82 degrees year-round, history is a staple at this 100 year old hotel.
Between being the “Western White House” during the JFK years and hosting the Golden Globes since 1961, the walls at the Beverly Hilton could most definitely talk.
The Hilton hosts a restaurant, Circa 55, a lobby bar, and a once beloved Trader Vic’s Lounge, which was shut down in 2007. It was a favorite with the hotel’s famed guests for being dimly lit and secluded – a dining privacy often sought from prying camera lenses. However, the ex restaurant now lives on as poolside bar. Keeping many of its “lounge” pieces like the bamboo chairs and wooden tables for two, there is still the echo of intimacy of its former predecessor.
The cocktail menu had many tiki classics such as Trader Vic’s original Mai Tai (a controversial debate to this day between Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber of who originated the concoction back 30’s & 40’s), Navy Grog, and Honi Honi ( a mai tai made with whiskey instead of rum) – to name a few.
Not far from the bar stools is the glittery pool, in spotlight with rotating color schemes. Whether you’re sipping at Trader Vic’s or next to the few fire pit love seats, you will glow with hues of purples, blues, and amber while the giant palm trees sway.
On a our quiet, post holiday night, an old surfer film footage was projected on the giant screen for an extra bit retro flair: the perfect backdrop for a Los Angeles cocktail evening.