Like a Local
Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
Also known as the “Witch’s House,” this dilapidated-looking cottage just a few blocks from Rodeo Drive was built in 1921 as a backdrop for silent films. Today, regular Beverly Hills residents live in the home and choose to retain its haunted look with a roof that appears as if it’s about to cave in (it’s not), rotting shutters (they were dyed to look that way), and a rickety picket fence.
It doesn’t get more exclusive than this 20-seat hidden private dining room located within Sugarfish. Priced at $150 a head and available through reservation only, the 20-course intimate sushi-bar experience features a menu that is devised each morning based on what fish is most fresh at the LA fish markets.
Nic’s is already popular for its two-dozen signature martinis and moody lounge feel, but its most unique asset might just be the VODBOX, a walk-in exhibition freezer designed for tasting flights of vodkas from all over the world. Displayed on white leather shelving, hundreds of bottles range from the fashionable and exclusive to the odd and obscure.
Beverly Hill’s most popular theater is an art deco movie palace designed in 1930 as one of 20th Century Fox film corporation’s premier theaters. Despite several renovations, the interior remains mostly intact with its columned two-story rotunda lobby, spacious orchestra and balcony level seating, and its iconic silver, gold, and black proscenium.
Ice Cream Lab
Made-to-order ice cream never existed until this high-tech parlor pioneered the art of using liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze the all-natural ingredients into ice cream (no need for artificial color or preservatives). Popular flavors include Banilla, a combination of fresh diced bananas and Nilla wafers, and a caramel- and salt-laden number called Salt Lick Crunch.