Los Angeles is the type of city where grabbing a cup of coffee can mean the difference between living the dream or being delegated to agency mail room. When it comes to scheduling that all too important first face-to-face business meeting, a relaxed atmosphere can go a long way toward furthering a career or closing a deal. Here are some of our favorite places in LA to have that casual, yet crucial informal business meting in LA.
The Peninsula at Beverly Hills
9882 South Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills
The Rooftop Bar of the Peninsula at Beverly Hills is a luxurious, al fresco-style dining spot perfect for making an impressive first impression. Its teak bar, fire pit and lounge chairs create the perfect environment to close a deal or talk shop. The by-the-glass wine, champagne and cocktail list is perfect for anyone looking to lubricate their meeting with a drink or two. For those who'd like to stay a little more sober, the delicious juice and smoothie menu uses 100 percent farm-fresh ingredients, such as organic wildflower honey, goji berries, and wheatgrass.
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
The lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel is never too busy, which means never having to yell over background noise. Leather chairs and sofas provide a comfortable meeting place and two bars provide drink service until late. Don’t worry about booking a room or getting a hard time from security, the hotel staff is used people with notebooks chatting over rum and Cokes. The hotel's Tropicana Pool Bar is also a great option for a meeting outdoors on the hotel campus.
The Montage Hotel
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills
The Montage Hotel boasts a beautiful, laid back courtyard that retains the grandeur of Beverly Hills. For those who like to get a jump start on the day with early-bird meetings (before 10am), a cup of coffee and a croissant from the nearby Bouchon Bakery will help stave off any offensive yawns.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
Every year, the Lowes is home to the American Film Market, one of the world’s largest gatherings of filmmakers, producers, distributors, all the way down the industry line – and there’s a reason. The pool offers a glimmering view of the Pacific Ocean, perfect for wooing out-of-towners. On days that are just too hot to enjoy the California sun, there’s a bar inside that also overlooks the ocean.
Literati Café (Bundy/Wilshire)
12081 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
The go-to place for coffee, brunch and brainstorming, laptops welcome at Literati Café. The mint lemonade is a refreshing non-alcoholic treat for those looking to come across as sober and professional. Should the meeting run long and into lunch or dinner, the turkey asparagus affair and chicken pesto sandwich are staples of the overall charming menu.
2530 Overland Ave.
This Mediterranen-style café offers a mostly Balkanic cuisine, with a few Romanian dishes sprinkled in. The outdoor patio means fresh air and the scent of lamb kebabs that is sure to tantalize the olfactory senses. It's a perfect for those who prefer to close their deals after the other party has just enjoyed a satisfying meal.