SIXTY Beverly Hills
Sprawling and sparkling Los Angeles can be overwhelming if you don’t have someone showing you the ins and outs of the city. That’s why we had Adam Schon, the Lead Concierge at SIXTY Beverly Hills, give us the inside scoop on where to eat, drink and play, so you can navigate it like a local in no time
It’s 8 p.m. on a Thursday and you don’t have dinner reservations. Where should you head for a bite to eat?
I would recommend La Dolce Vita, a cozy Italian restaurant that was Frank Sinatra’s favorite spot back in the day. At this neighborhood gem, the service is impeccable, the made-from-scratch Italian dishes are delicious, and you can feel the legendary history of the place, but it still feels contemporary.
Where should you go for see-and-be-seen drinks?
Above 60 is our rooftop bar at SIXTY Beverly Hills, which attracts a stylish crowd and has stunning 360-degree views of Beverly Hills and L.A. When it comes to craft cocktails, order The Crisp (blanco tequila, lime, agave, fresh muddled serrano pepper, cucumber and basil) and pair it with our hass avocado dip with tomatillo and homemade corn chips – it’s awesome! If you’re looking to get outside of Beverly Hills, right now I would suggest Harlowe, a new vintage saloon in West Hollywood. Leading the charge of the current cocktail movement, Harlowe puts a modern spin on classic libations.
If you’re looking for a dose of culture, what’s within walking distance?
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts recently opened a few blocks from us. It’s a cutting-edge facility that’s formerly an old 1930s post office, with a brand new state-of-the-art theater building. They show a variety of theater, music and dance performances, and it even has a dedicated theater school.
Where would you go for a one-of-a-kind gift?
L.A. has a wealth of cool shops, but one of my favorites is Wacko in Silver Lake, where you can buy almost any art book ever published. But the real treasure is in the back rooms where they have random old toys from the 80s and nicknacks for your house. Their Tiki section is worth the trip alone, and they have a small art gallery in the way back of the store, too. Another great place for presents is Poketo in the Arts District downtown – it’s a treasure trove of stylish and unique gifts for anyone on your list.
Say you’re jetlagged and up super early: What’s a great coffee shop in the ‘hood that’s guaranteed to be open?
Urth Caffe is just a few blocks away, and it’s in an adorable little cottage with sunny outdoor patio seating. They serve organic coffee, fresh juices, sandwiches and salads, and some not-so-healthy options like pastries, too. It’s the best place to start your day and enjoy the local Beverly Hills scene.
Best tacos in the city?
This is a hotly contested question in L.A. Everyone has their favorites that they swear by, but my favorite is Guisados Tacos. Their tortillas are like eating clouds, they are always inventive with the flavors, and they even do vegan versions.
Beverly Hills is famous for its shopping, but what’s the best place to shop off Rodeo Drive?
Rodeo Drive is known for having the flagships of many of the biggest luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, etc., however, Beverly Hills is not just super high-end brands. There are also smaller designers located in the blocks surrounding Rodeo Drive. If you are looking for shopping outside of Beverly Hills, you cannot go wrong with Robertson Boulevard or Melrose Avenue, which are two streets packed with smaller boutiques. In particular, Fred Segal on Melrose is a great place to check out several designers in one building.
What’s your favorite beach in the L.A.-area?
It really depends on what type of vibe you are looking for. If you want to avoid the crowds and have some sandy paradise to yourself, then I would go to Leo Carrillo Beach in Malibu. You have to hike down stairs to get to the beach, but there are several little coves you can call your own, or you can wander through caves or just kick back and watch the surfers. But, if you’re looking for a dose of bohemian atmosphere, Venice is truly unique, and never boring.
What if it’s your last day in L.A. and your plans fell through. What would you recommend to do with a full free day in the city?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I would probably start at the coast and work my way inland. I would begin by renting a bike at the Santa Monica Pier and then make time for wine tasting in Malibu. Enjoy a late lunch at the Ivy, followed by some shopping in Beverly Hills, Robertson and Melrose, and be sure to make time for a museum (either LACMA, MOCA or the Getty. Then, I would head to Bestia in the Arts District for dinner (their pizza and charcuterie are to die for). And, if it’s a Saturday, I would definitely go to Cinespia at the Hollywood Cemetery – it’s probably one of the quintessential summer activities in L.A. Everyone gets together with their friends and brings an elaborate picnic (with wine, of course). If it’s not a Saturday, I would head to the Hollywood Bowl for an outdoor concert under the stars.
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