It’s like you’re kicking back at the shorefront pad of a celeb circa the ’50s, and it’s the work of hospitality mogul Brent Bolthouse, who created this year-old Pacific City hot spot. Throughout the many spaces (patio, billiards room, lounge), midcentury furniture (his muse: Ray Eames) meets art from musician Brandon Boyd and photos from Cuba that Bolthouse snapped on his Leica M. Toast it all with the Endless Summer (ask for a West African miracle berry to elevate its sweetness), and bask in the glow.
THE GUILD CLUB
Leave it to Marín Howarth von Blöm and Noah von Blöm to create O.C.’s most luxe lounge. Hidden at SoCo and open only to its cadre of members, it serves a late 19th century fine dining experience from the first step inside. “[It’s] as if you’ve walked into the finest absinthe party,” says Noah. There’s an elevated stage (for acts like JP Orchestra to play), crystal glassware (for tippling Koire Rogers’ off-menu First Class, shown here) and 24K gold flatware (for slicing the Brie en croute).