Riviera 31

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 (Photo courtesy Sofitel photo archives)
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Photo courtesy Sofitel photo archives

Riviera 31

 (Photo courtesy Sofitel photo archives)
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Photo courtesy Sofitel photo archives

Monte Carlo Bay at Riviera 31

Within the posh Hotel Sofitel, the former Stone Rose Lounge has been upgraded to an upscale cocktail and DJ lounge dubbed, Riviera 31. Inspired by photographs from the late Edward Quinn, the photographer’s prints adorn the walls and ceiling with beach scenes from the French Riviera and iconic celebrities such as Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Grace, who embody the Golden Days of yesteryear. The redesign, meant to evoke the sense of partying like the rich and famous in the south of France, is a more hyped-up Beverly Hills version. There are plenty of nooks with comfy, luxe seating—leather chaises lounges, long velvet couches, outdoor patio and cabana seating—amid an elegant central U-shaped bar. Drinks boast fresh seasonal ingredients and owes its reincarnated selection to Matthew Biancaniello (formerly of Library Bar), while bar bites feature dishes such as a charcuterie assortment ($16), short rib sliders ($12), escargot ($16), tuna cones ($12) and larger Mediterranean plates for dinner.

 

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Good for: Dressing up and dancing the night away. Plenty of private and open space is perfect for groups celebrating birthday parties, engagements, or just looking to party it up reserve private areas or cabanas and indulge themselves with bottle-service (though not necessary to make a reservation) and rounds of cocktails.

The scene: DJs take the floor around 9pm, and by 10:30pm crowds fresh from the salon, showing off tight glittery dresses and mile-high pumps and chic apparel amp up the party as a serious dance scene gives way to an array of entertainment from racy burlesque dancing to singers, often perched upon the bar as their stage. This isn’t the place to get your cocktail geek out, as bartenders don’t all posses the same level of craft-cocktail expertise. But when your only concern is grinding with a new best friend, who cares about the balance of your drink.

The playlist: DJs that hold court over varying styles are: Wednesdays (Sean Patrick), Fridays (Gabriel Diggs—who was spinning the night we were there and is featured on the cover of the PlayStation2 game “Beatmania” and Saturdays (Matthew Frauman & Dave Hernandez).

The bartender says: At the end of the night, while you wait for valet to fetch your car, check out the photos by Frank Worth in the lobby gallery—amazing portraits of Sammy Davis Jr., Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe are worth gawking at.

Drink this: Biancaniello's concoctions all take their names from hotels along the Riviera, like the Byblos ($15), served in a rocks glass with choice of Ketel One or Hendrick’s Gin, lime juice, agave and muddled arugula. The Thirty-One ($16), ablend of Bulliet Rye, Punt e Mes vermouth, orange, Cointreau, maraschino and sea salt, is a favorite of bourbon drinkers. Wines by the glass average around $12, and a modest group of imported (Amstel, Heineken, Stella) and domestic (Bud, Blue Moon) beers are available by the bottle.

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Riviera 31 says
Riviera 31 is a sophisticated cocktail lounge with a Mediterranean-style menu that caters to L.A.'s most discerning clientele and the cosmopolitan guests of Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Riviera 31 provides an experience for the senses in an enchanting and transcending ambiance with stunning décor that takes guests on a visual journey through the French Riviera’s evocative history. The tapas and communal plates menu takes visitors on an epicurean journey through French coastal cuisine.

Riviera 31 offers a unique mixology program designed by Mixologist Expert Frederic Zemmour, which includes a selection of masterfully crafted cocktails. Personalized table-side cocktail preparation adds to the guest experience as well as one-of-a-kind bottle service presentations. Riviera 31 cocktails are made with locally sourced produce (when in season) and fresh grown herbs from our garden.

Entertainment is provided by some of L.A.'s top musicians and curated live acts beginning at 8 and 9pm. Hotel guests and Angelenos are encouraged to co-mingle in an upscale and social setting seven days a week.

Mondays: Jazz Eclectic featuring Top Musicians and Vocalists
Tuesdays: Live music with a rotating roster of international performers
Wednesdays: Specialty cocktails and bar bites
Thursdays: Room Service Cabaret, home of the new Tres Chic
Fridays: Experience the best DJs in town!
Saturdays: Burlesque Live Dancers & DJ's Performance
Sundays: Specialty cocktails and bar bites
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Venue name: Riviera 31
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Address: Hotel Sofitel
8555 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles
90048
Opening hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 11am-midnight; Wed, Fri, Sat 11-2am
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Annabella B

I love this place! Cozy yet elegant! Lunching outside in the beautiful courtyard is my fave! The spirits are well, food is good and the Gilles is the best host! Every time is a Good time!

Margosha I

Lovely and chic atmosphere. Always a great time for a night out with your friends in the city.

Frederic Z

Riviera 31 has a great Jazz night every Monday night. Great talent, great food and amazing cocktails!

cecile s

Love this bar! great vibe, delicious cocktail, amazing outdoor flower patio.... all the elements for the perfect moment!

Gilles A

My favorite Live music on MOndays for the past 3 years. love the basil martini cocktail which i drink everytime i am there. and a great replacement of night clubs on week end for people in their 30's for dancing and fun.

Trisha D

This is THEE hottest bar in LA with the BEST drinks and atmosphere around! Try the garlic fries which is just ridiculous! I see celebs always popping in as the nightlife entertainment is insane! Episode of #Empire for real!