In the midst of the absolute douchiest strip of Hollywood, Chateau Marmont remains a temple to Old Hollywood, a classier, more worn-in version of American excess. The hotel, restaurant and bar might still play host to starlets and showbiz drama, but early on a quiet Monday evening the bar is nothing but charming vintage glamour. Slide up to the bar, make yourself at home next to the antique parrot prints and brocade accents, and order a platter of oysters, which the kitchen sells at cost on Mondays. “Cost” means whatever the restaurant paid for them, which is usually $1.25 or $1.50 an oyster. There are generally three or four varieties to choose from, from both the East and West Coast. The bar also has wine specials to enjoy with the oysters — a recent $9 Alsatian Sylvaner was a beautiful pairing for Malpeques, Naked Cowboys and more. 8221 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. (323) 656-1010, —Besha Rodell

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