Want to drink like a celebrity? This luxurious Sunset Strip hotel is a haven for famous folks, with discreet and protective staff who studiously keep the paparazzi at bay. Don’t expect them to tell you any stories about Lindsay Lohan’s exploits (she was banned in 2012 after racking up $50,000 in bills). But they will serve you some of the most luxurious vodka drinks in town. The default Martini is made with Absolut’s high-end, single-estate Elyx bottling, and there’s a Champagne-and-Elyx bar set up in the lobby as well.
THE DRINK TO DRINK
Go with the cocktail garnished with edible gold leaf: the Cha-tini, made with vodka, Luxardo Apricot Liqueur and dry vermouth.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Make sure you go to the Chateau itself and not Bar Marmont, the slightly-less-fancy spot next door. And make a reservation! The Chateau’s bar and restaurant do not take walk-ins, period.