January feels like summer out here in Los Angeles, which means us locals are soaking up all the rays we can get and bragging to our East Coast friends via constant Facebook updates with news of frolicking along the beach and hiking in 80-degree weather.
Nights have been nice too. Sweaters and jackets have been shed, while alfresco patios continue to fill up fast. But, if you’re willing to fight the crowds to enjoy a brisk starry night of your own, check out one of the following places and be sure to brag with caution because bundled up friends everywhere are bound to become insanely jealous.
Eveleigh: Los Angeles’ newest dressed-to-be-seen eating and cocktailing spot can be likened to a luxe campground cabin. Named for the hip suburb of Sydney, Australia, the wood-laden restaurant boasts a canvas open-air tent, which allows for a cool ambiance and sparkling views of the city below. Chef/Aussie native Jordan Toft’s onsite herb garden smells almost as good as his Crisp Pork Belly paired with soft polenta.
8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, Calif., 424.239.1630.
Fireside Lounge (at the Beverly Hills Hotel): Attached to Bar Nineteen12, the eponymous hotel’s newest addition offers chic and comfortable outdoor lounging. Sangria and margaritas are served in pitchers while gourmet snack offerings include truffled grilled cheese sandwiches and lobster tacos. If you’re in a dancing mood, check out the poolside hangout on Thursday, Friday or Saturday for live deejay-spun tunes.
9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif., 310.273.1912.
Gladstones Malibu: If you haven’t checked out the iconic eatery’s new SBE-owned digs, run don’t walk. Brunch is the most popular meal of the day at the glammed-up Hampton’s style restaurant. Guests can indulge in sunny beachside seating, mega-size bloody Marys, fresh raw bar samplings, a seared tuna Cobb salad, and sandwiches and burgers galore.
17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, Calif., 310.454.3474.