Saturday, May 05, 2007

360 Degrees of Los Angeles at the BonaVista Lounge

A view from the Westin Bonaventure Bonavista Lounge, Downtown LA.

Friday night J and I sat in a banquet hall full of corporate lawyers and dined on rubber chicken, all so we could listen to Al Gore speak about global warming. He was fabulous, but his inconvenient truths meant we were in need of a drink afterwards.

A spectacular glass-enclosed elevator ride from our banquet hall to the top of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA led us to the best view I've had of this city. Actually, make that views, plural, since the BonaVista Lounge rotates slowly, allowing you to catch every angle. The drink menu's full of frothy, fruity, expensive concoctions, but if you stick to the basics you won't break the bank. Besides, the comfy chairs and knockout view more than make up for the modest mark-up and the outdated decor. The friendly staff treat the fanny-packed tourists, young couples on first dates, and ironic hipsters with the same easy going manner and don't mind if you sit awhile after your drink is gone, just so you go the full 360 degrees, global-warming inducing tail lights glowing as far as you can see.

BonaVista Lounge
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 624-1000

There's valet parking below the hotel, which you can enter on Flower St, one block east of Figueroa. Be sure to get validation at the bar, though it's still not cheap.

Photo by Chickenscrawl


H. C. said...

I love the BonaVista Lounge too, esp. when entertaining out of town friends - it's just touristy enough w/o being too much.

VJ said...

Yeah, me too! Though they changed their drink menu recently. I always enjoyed the glow-in-the-dark martini glasses, and mugs in the shape of cowboy boots. Ah well.

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