Living is Southern California is kind of like this fabulous dream that I never really have to wake up from. The weather is beautiful, the beach is a stones throw away and there’s always something to do.
Even though we are presented with options…us Westside girls hate to admit we are creatures of habit. If you’re looking for me and my girlies on a Thursday or Sunday night, you’ll most likely find us catching up over a glass of rosé at Bungalow.
Bungalow was the Westside’s first invasion by the Hollywood crew brought to us by Mr. Brent Bolthouse (yes-this is the man that employed the infamous Heidi Montag on The Hills…before she got her, ahem, “G’s”). It’s located on the grounds of the Fairmont Hotel (101 Wilshire Blvd) in Santa Monica, and I have to hand it to him…the concept was genius!
They essentially took what used to be old office space and turned it into a beach “bungalow;” think Venice meets rustic Montauk. There are indoor and outdoor spaces complete with ping pong, a pool table, fire pits and a roaring fireplace.
We are nearing the end of our Summer out here, but up until this point, a cold glass of rosé was the obvious choice. I can also vouch for the margaritas and a good ‘ol tequila sunrise (both of which have induced dancing…even dance lessons! Well, at least dance lessons for the cute boys that were entertained by the idea- or maybe just amused by my ability and willingness to Bernie to elevator music)!
Friday and Saturday nights are to be AVOIDED (if you’re a local) because unfortunately word spread past the 405 and you get a bit of bridge and tunnel action going on on the weekends.
I’d say its best to go with a group of friends rather than making it a date night spot…I’ve experienced both, and the atmosphere really doesn’t lend itself to the latter. It can certainly get crowded, which is not so conducive to an intimate conversation (I certainly know I don’t look all that cute with my face scrunched up letting out ‘huh’s!?’ left and right). Then again, perhaps this is more of a personal problem…my vision is certainly on its way out the door (seriously, I’m as blind as a bat!), so maybe my hearing is going too!! Oh boy- I sound like a real catch now don’t I!? Haha…when do I get my AARP card again!?
Check it out the next time you’re in LA- and if you see me there…perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to get a lil dance lesson 😉