Beverly Hills is an costly place with a village-like allure, but it surely pays to know the place to go. Cash Black, a bartender at certainly one of its scorching spots, shares his favorites.
Beverly Hills is extra approachable than you may anticipate for a ZIP code usually related to Lamborghinis and actuality stars. It has a stunning variety of sidewalk cafes and swaths of greenery. That village-like allure, coupled with residents’ famously refined palates, is what attracted Cash Black to the world seven years in the past. “Jewelry. Cars. Wine. Beverly Hills has the best of the best. You don’t get to be here unless you really know what you’re doing,” mentioned Mr. Black, a Las Vegas native, who started as a valet and labored his method up to head bartender at £10, a high-end Scotch bar tucked in the again of the Montage Beverly Hills resort. He presides over the five-table bar as if it’s his personal lounge, often bringing in his guitar to jam with shoppers. At ease together with his clients’ seemingly unrestrained wealth (the Lalique crystal tumblers go for $650 apiece), Mr. Black, 31, has a startling command of whisky. (He’s additionally a cowboy in his spare time, corralling cattle on weekends.) Here, 5 of Mr. Black’s favourite locations in Beverly Hills.
Mr. Black’s requirements for ingesting venues is understandably excessive, however the bar scene at this visually placing bistro simply three blocks from his resort bar, strikes the proper chord. “The bar scene is really nice, the drinks are well made, and the bartenders are attentive,” he mentioned. At the bar, white marble counter-height tables are framed on each side by mounted wine racks stretching up to the ceiling; and the picture of all these bottles (9,000, give or take) is spectacular. “There’s a lot of energy in there,” Mr. Black mentioned.
447 North Canon Drive; wallywine.com
2. Urth Caffe
When Mr. Black’s dad and mom go to from Vegas (his father is a medicinal marijuana grower, and his mom is a barrel racer in the rodeo), that is the place they arrive. The brunch plates are hearty, and the service quick, but it surely’s the sheer number of selfmade desserts that his dad and mom and lots of others discover so endearing. Banana cream pie. Matcha tiramisù. Coconut royale. The wide-ranging menu is ideal for family-style ordering, too. “My family is one of those that likes to order seven appetizers, and everybody eats everything,” Mr. Black mentioned. He added, “my mom goes nuts for their cakes.” (This is certainly one of eight areas all through Los Angeles, together with a brand new spot at Los Angeles International Airport.)
267 South Beverly Drive; urthcaffe.com
Inside this airy, unpretentious Mediterranean restaurant, a deli case displays bowls of colorful Turkish muhammara (a roasted red pepper dip) and creamy hummus, and there’s outdoor seating to enjoy the foot traffic on South Beverly Drive. It’s the perfect setting for an early dinner before Mr. Black starts his nightly shift; the daily happy hour (2:30-5:30 p.m.) has $5 mezze plates, always served with a basket of steaming-warm pita. “It’s a surprisingly good value in a city full of overpriced entrees,” he said.
233 South Beverly Drive; atmomed.com
4. Wallis Annenberg Center
A 1930s post office, now repurposed as a performing arts center — complete with a 500-seat main stage and a 150-seat theater for smaller productions — has become an important community hub in retail-crazed Beverly Hills. It holds special meaning for Mr. Black, who aspired to be an actor when he first moved to Los Angeles. “It’s awesome that the city understands its artist community,” he said, noting the high caliber of recent productions, including “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” and Joe Morton’s one-man stunner “Turn Me Loose.” “We live in the creative capital of the world,” Mr. Black said, but until the center’s opening in 2013, “there weren’t a lot of places you could go to see really good stuff.”
9390 North Santa Monica Blvd.; thewallis.org
5. Virginia Robinson Gardens
When he’s not pouring $300 whisky shots or juggling last-minute reservations at his bar, Mr. Black drives his black Ford SVT Raptor up North Beverly Drive, taking in the opulence along a route where many movies have been filmed. “These are insane homes. There’s one up there where the whole lawn is just full of statues of different animals.” His favorite retreat? Virginia Robinson Gardens, a six-acre estate built in 1911 with an Australian King Palm forest, a rose garden and a Beaux-Arts mansion. Its now deceased owner, socialite Virginia Dryden Robinson, was known for her extravagant tastes and her high-profile guests (Fred Astaire used to play tennis in the backyard). “She was something of a party girl,” Mr. Black said knowingly. “Or so I’ve heard.”
1008 Elden Way; robinsongardens.org; by appointment only.
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