Guest Post: Cruft on BonaVista

I got a note from Michael Pusateri with a little submissions since posting had been kind of light on b.la today. Here’s his take on the BonaVista Lounge.

Looking for a new spot in LA for a drink that will impress both visitors and native Angelenos? Look no further than the BonaVista Lounge on top of the famed Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA. Site of many movie shoots and immortalized in the opening to the 80s Buck Rogers series, it doesn’t get more Hollywood than this.

The BonaVista Lounge is the 35th story of the hotel and rotates, giving you a view of the city from up in the sky. From thirty five stories, you can see the city sprawled out to the horizon, awash in light and rivers of traffic. The bar specializes in martinis and souvenir drinks but the menu includes a range of appetizers and even steaks from the nearby restaurant. Drinks are pricey, around $10 a pop, but you are really paying for the spectacular view.

A great way to begin or end an evening, the Bonavista is a hidden LA treasure.

4 Replies to “Guest Post: Cruft on BonaVista”

  1. I’m a huge fan of the Bonavista Lounge, particularly for out-of-town visitors. I’ve also taken plenty of local friends who had never been. The post above doesn’t mention that the floor rotates, and you get a 360 degree view of the city in about 45-60 minutes.

  2. I love that place, I used to go as a kid because you could keep the weird shaped glasses including bootshaped and bonaventure hotel shaped mugs. The last time I went was in 97 though. Still the view as I remember was really amazing, specially at sunset.

  3. Pusateri’s going to pay for breaking Omerta and spilling the beans about the Bonavista! ;) BTW, the nearby restaurant is actually the steakhouse one floor above the Bonavista. I don’t think it rotates, but fabulous views none the less.

  4. OMG this looks awesome! Better than that crappy hotel in Santa Monica – it’s only 13 pathetic stories, har har – this place is closer and looks waaaaay better :)

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