You’ve driven past the cylindrical Angeleno Hotel on the 405 at Sunset Boulevard a thousand times without realizing the penthouse is the West Lounge & Restaurant, which offers a “Wow!” view in a sleek, dark setting catering to stylish European travelers as well as locals who love its happy hour Monday through Thursday. Lounge manager Michael Burnett brags, rightly, that every seat has a great view: downtown’s skyscrapers, Century City, Catalina on a clear day. The curving lounge and bar have floor-to-ceiling windows, looped, blown-glass chandeliers, and “sofa boxes” to fit 20 of your best friends. “Un-rushed” hour means $7 mojitos, $4 beer, $5 wine and $4 appetizers. Standout regular bands are Ouí 3 (alternate Wednesdays), whose funk jazz and world music quietly drifts through, and Cross Heart Project (Thursdays), whose cabaret standards often feature well-known guests. Strip Down Tuesdays is open mike. No cover. Park free on the street, or $7 with bar validation. 170 N. Church Lane, W.L.A. (310) 481-7878 or (310) 476-6411, —N. Jenssen

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