L.A. Hot Spots
STAR PATRONS: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ali Larter, Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Connelly, Ryan Gosling, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn and Eva Mendes.
THE SCOOP: You have to be a bit of a sleuth to find the hidden green door that marks the entrance to this late-night hot spot, but it's well worth the hunt. This salon-like setting (1930's Paris meets the New Orleans' French quarter) is where Heidi Klum threw her famed Halloween party this year as well as a late night bash after the Victoria's Secret fashion show. Dinner is served until 11:30 p.m. Order the truffle mac and cheese, $12 or crepes, $14.
1429 Ivar Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
-Glynis Costin, Mark Morrison, Karen Levy, Angela Salazar, Cortney Pellettieri and Hayley Underwood
Crimson & Opera
STAR PATRONS: Katie Holmes, Jessica Simpson, Mary-Kate Olsen, Kanye West, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matt Damon and Eric Dane.
THE SCOOP: These adjacent A-list nightspots have dual personalities: on one side is Crimson, a swanky lounge enclosed by red glass mosaic tile, faux python skin, and smoked mirrors where night crawlers lay low and sip cocktails. On the other is Opera, where a majestic 25-foot entry vestibule opens up to reveal VIP tables, handcrafted walnut bars and a dance floor that converts into a stage for live performances. (Rumor has it that these sister night spots will be home to a rockin' CBS Golden Globe party this year.)
1650 N. Schraeder Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Sunset Tower Hotel and Terrace Bar
STAR PATRONS: Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Russell Crowe and Kirsten Dunst.
THE SCOOP: This landmark, built in 1931, once housed Hollywood legends Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe, and nearly eight decades later, stars and tastemakers are still using it as a gathering place for drinks and parties. Last year, In Style threw a Globes fete for NBC's Heroes and talent agency CAA chose this spot for their late-night Globes bash. This season, the hotel and bar are sure to be home to many events, but you don't have to have an invite to check out their new cocktail, The Capote-Plymouth gin, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, red grapes, fresh lime and club soda ($16). And yes, Truman Capote also once lived here.
8358 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Beverly Hills Hotel
STAR PATRONS: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Halle Berry, Nicole Richie and Oprah.
THE SCOOP: Known by some as the "Pink Palace," this legendary five-star hotel is always humming-but the action is at its peak from the Globes to the Oscars. Stars, fashion designers and studio execs can be spotted at the famed Polo Lounge, the old school Fountain Coffee Room, the chic new Bar Nineteen 12 and the sexy private villas. This is also the setting for the annual fashion show and luncheon hosted by In Style and The Diamond Information Center, which in past years has attracted the likes of Katie Holmes, Jessica Alba and Debra Messing.
9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA. 90210
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
STAR PATRONS: Kate Bosworth, Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan, Justin Timberlake, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson and Jeremy Piven.
THE SCOOP: This famed hotel is the go-to spot for late-night star gazing. Not only is it host to many award season fetes, A-listers like Penelope Cruz and Orlando Bloom regularly drop into Teddy's, the hotel's cavernous bar and standard post-awards party stop. With its rich history-the hotel was the home of the first Academy Awards ceremony-and recent renovation, aided by interior designer Dodd Mitchell, the Roosevelt continues to reign as the epitome of old-meets-new Hollywood glamour.
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
STAR PATRONS: Rachel Bilson, Kristen Bell, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Minnillo, Ashley Olsen, Jamie Foxx, Molly Sims and Kevin Connolly.
THE SCOOP: Adjacent to the hot new eatery Katsuya Hollywood, this watering hole is yet another brainchild of nightlife gurus Sam Nazarian and Brent Bolthouse. Designed by Philippe Starck, the lounge feels like an artist's warehouse where flea market-style seating and tables are mixed and matched. Patrons can order from a specialty cocktail menu that includes the Celery Superstar made with Roberto Cavalli vodka-perfect for L.A.'s health-conscious-yet-party-loving fashionistas.
6304 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
STAR PATRONS: Jessica Alba, Teri Hatcher, Kate Walsh and Debra Messing.
THE SCOOP: This "skin gym" keeps stars glowing and blemish-free with the help of facials like the Dermal Quench ($250), which uses an oxygen-vitamin-hyaluronic serum that is applied with medical precision. Their new expansion-a suite with retail space, a bar and four platinum treatment rooms-will be open just in time to provide Golden Globe uber-indulgence.
8428 Melrose Place
Los Angeles CA 90069
STAR PATRONS: Amanda Peet, Dustin Hoffman, Ray Romano, Dave Grohl, Adam Levine, Kyle MacLachlan, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman.
THE SCOOP: L.A.'s most buzzed about restaurant since, well, the adjacent Pizzeria Mozza opened in late 2006. This culinary mecca is the latest West Coast venture of chef Mario Batali, who paired with Nancy Silverton of La Brea Bakery. The urban-chic room with it's dark wood and powder-blue walls is as tantalizing as the goat cheese ravioli with five lilies and grilled whole orata wrapped in grape leaf. If you can, grab a seat at the marble-topped mozzarella bar where you can watch the considerable action on both sides of the counter.
6602 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
STAR PATRONS: Ellen Pompeo, Mandy Moore and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
THE SCOOP: This skincare oasis traditionally hosts its own Golden Globes beauty suite where actresses like Helen Mirren have come by for indulgent manicures and pedicures. Try the Lavender Dream Pedicure ($100), which combines a sugar scrub, hot stone foot massage and lavender essential oil rub-one hour of sheer bliss. Insider's tip: Book a blowout or head outside to their garden oasis and order up a hot latte or M Cafe salad while your polish dries.
656 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood CA 90069
STAR PATRONS: Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Simpson, and Bono once held a Grammy bash here.
THE SCOOP: Hollywood's answer to a neighborhood restaurant, this Sunset Strip hot spot has increasingly become paparazzi central. With its dark, low-frills interior and crowded sidewalk patio, it's a favorite with industry-types who flock here for such regional Italian fare as pappa al pomodoro soup, taglioni with shaved truffles and tiramisu-as well as an extensive wine list.
8741 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
STAR PATRONS: Lindsay Lohan, Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth and Jessica Simpson.
THE SCOOP: Still going strong after more than year-an eternity in the fickle world of L.A. nightlife-this cozy enclave is sure to be a hot party spot during Golden Globes week. Once you're through the small, double-sided mirrors and unmarked door, owners Andy Fiscella and Chris Huvane invite their high-profile partygoers to relax in the comfort of the restaurant-club's black-leather banquettes, while grooving to the DJ's ultra hip dance beats.
7746 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
STAR PATRONS: Nicole Kidman, Dave Annabel and director Jason Reitman.
THE SCOOP: Restaurateur and star of the reality series Top Chef, Tom Colicchio opened this Century City eatery earlier this year after uber-agencies CAA and ICM moved their offices west and needed an upscale spot to wine and dine their Hollywood clients. Short ribs, beet salad and roasted fish are top choices from the family-style menu. The 10,000 square-foot space is open and modern, making it easy to people watch while wondering if you're witnessing a deal in the making that could result in the next Golden Globe winner.
10100 Constellation Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067
STAR PATRONS: Gwyneth Paltrow, Molly Sims, Fergie and Eva Mendes.
THE SCOOP: Tonya Crooks honed her skills with famed eyebrow guru Anastasia and has since become an A-list brow aficionado in her own right. She favors thick, full brows that are groomed to accentuate facial features. The artist, who makes deft use of her organic green azulene wax, has fielded more than one call for a red-carpet brow emergency. No wonder she regularly extends her hours to cover early mornings and late nights just before the Globes.
9975 Little Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills CA 90212
STAR PATRONS: Lucy Liu, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Elle Macpherson.
THE SCOOP: This petite spa has brought the bronze look to Globes beauty suites in the past, but this year sun worshippers can get the same service in the privacy of their own home (like fan Jennifer Love Hewitt does). The sunless tanning technician uses an organic, odorless formula and specializes in 15-minute airbrush applications that last for about a week and never turn orange. Request the body contouring option or an extra kick of shimmer (a little gold dust goes a long way). In-home treatments start at $145.
7373 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
STAR PATRONS: George Clooney, Mary-Kate Olsen, Kate Hudson, Justin Timberlake, Isla Fisher, Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson.
THE SCOOP: This old world hotel refuses to become passe. A favorite getaway for Tinseltown's elite since 1929, its low-key vibe, sexy pool, bungalows and cozy private-mansion feel, have lured many A-listers both as hotel guests and partygoers. Last year, a Chanel dinner and a Globes bash hosted by HBO drew in stars like Sienna Miller, Cameron Diaz, Rachel Bilson and Adrien Grenier.
8221 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
Four Seasons Hotel
STAR PATRONS: Halle Berry, Drew Barrymore, Keira Knightley, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Naomi Watts, Charlize Theron, Sandra Bullock and Renee Zellweger.
THE SCOOP: Every January celebrities, industry executives and editors descend upon this beloved hotel, turning it into a virtual Golden Globes mecca. The popular Windows Bar plays host to an endless series of power meetings over red-carpet specialty cocktails, while stars get the royal treatment in one of several gift-giving suites. This year, In Style's suite will feature jewelry by Penny Preville, John Paul Mitchell hair services, eyebrow and eyelash extension treatments from Eliza's Eyes, manicures from OPI and more. The HBO Luxury Lounge is offering up a L'Oreal Paris Beauty Suite complete with hair, makeup and nail treatments and Moet & Chandon champagne.
300 South Doheny Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
The Beverly Hilton
STAR PATRONS: There pretty much isn't an A-lister who hasn't made an appearance here on Globes' night. George Clooney, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, to name a few.
THE SCOOP: This is where it all happens the night of the Golden Globes. The star arrivals on the red carpet, the ceremony in the International Ballroom and a bevy of bustling after-parties all over the hotel-hosted by a variety of studios (including the annual In Style/ Warner Brothers party in the Palm Court). Hotel guests lucky enough to nab a reservation for one of the coveted "Golden Globe Packages" that weekend get two bleacher seats on the red carpet (including box lunches), two gift bags (complete with disposable digital cameras) and a 60-minute spa or salon treatment. They can also watch the nights' comings and goings from the hotel's hopping Lobby Bar. (Package prices range from $2,800 to $4,000.)
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Neil George Salon
STAR PATRONS: Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kirsten Dunst.
THE SCOOP: A cool British vibe-and ample cups of tea-along with a knack for highlights and rich hair-color keeps this salon buzzing during the Globes. It also doesn't hurt to have stars like Courteney Cox dropping in for an appointment before she hit the red carpet. And while it's fun to catch up on gossip while waiting for your color to process, insiders know it's also a multi-tasker's dream thanks to the in-salon wireless Internet connections. Highlights start at $150.
9320 Civic Center Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
STAR PATRONS: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ali Larter, Michael Vartan and Selma Blair.
THE SCOOP: The more casual, affordable and livelier spinoff of David Myer's nearby foodie haven, Sona, (and his equally revered bakery, Boule) this hip California French bistro puts a new spin on cool classics. For cocktails, try the gin sour with egg whites, for entrees, try the steak frites, beef bougournon or duck confit, and for desserts try the profiteroles or chocolate brioche bread pudding. There's also a cheese bar, complete with a fromager.
8479 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA