Do you relish the opulence and getaway feel of an upscale hotel bar, but not the conspicuous consumption of the usual Hollywood spots? A jaunt through the hills of Pasadena will lead you to your favorite new luxe lounge: the Tap Room at the Langham Hotel. Don't let the uninspired name fool you — this is a sophisticated yet inviting indoor lounge and patio bar overlooking the hotel grounds. Drinks and snacks aren't cheap here, but they're no more than the chic-boutique hotel scene, and the service and quality is above and beyond. Snack platters are left on every table, cocktail orders (try the Huntington 100 Martini or the Berry Breeze) come up fast, and food is tasty comfort fare served with small plates for sharing. Most nights, the sumptuous ambiance is amped by live jazz. With a gorgeous fireplace and huge windows framing the bar's outdoor section (which is heavenly at sunset), Tap Room is a chill oasis with more than a touch of class.
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