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Polo Lounge Going Under the Knife

After the underwhelming number pulled on the Hotel Bel Air last year, and the removal of the BH Hotel tennis courts the year before that, we aren’t terribly optimistic about ideas coming from the Dorchester camp. The New York Times now reports that the Polo Lounge is next to get a face-lift. Here is what interior designer Adam Tihany, hired for the job, will do:

  • ‘The lighting is awful — we’ll change all that.’
  • New carpeting is on the way.
  • Updated upholstery for the booths, ‘perhaps in a slightly different shade’.
  • We will “maintain the shabby-glamorous feel” of the Polo Lounge.

Here is what he will NOT do:

  • ‘Add rhinestones to the piano.’
  • ‘Put down white shag carpeting.’
  • Banana-leaf wallpaper will be left intact.
  • Signature white and green stripes are protected.
  • The hunter green walls will stay.

A long list of power players and BHH royalty are quoted throughout the article expressing alarm or support of the sacred bar’s potential fate.

Hilarious references are made to several other restaurants throughout the article … they call:

  • Nate ’n Al’s is a ‘dumpy diner.’
  • Chateau Marmont has ‘out-to-lunch servers and a ho-hum menu.’
  • Le Dome closed after heavyweight music clientele ‘recoiled from their an ill-advised renovation’.
  • The Hotel Bel-Air had ‘bad plastic surgery.’

The renovation of the Polo Lounge will be completed in stages starting in January so it can remain open.

Hollywood’s elite at the Polo Lounge by LeRoy Neiman: Near Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable sits a sly W.C. Fields, and, yes, he is holding his menu upside down. Famed gossip columnist Hedda Hopper is perched within earshot of Bogie and Bacall, who seem to be keeping an eye on Katherine Hepburn and John Huston. Elizabeth Taylor, regal and bejeweled, enjoys a quiet cup of coffee. Frank and Barbara Sinatra are making their entrance, perhaps to join Frank’s fellow “Rat Pack” buddies Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., who have already arrived. Star-makers Darryl F. Zanuck and Howard Hughes are here, as are Johnny Carson and Joan collins from the world of television. Film greats Gary Cooper, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo all help lend a magical air to this glittering assemblage.

Adam D. Tihany

Adam D. Tihany

TOP: Rat Pack buddies Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank and Barbara Sinatra, BOTTOM: Clark Gable, W.C. Fields, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Howard Hughes, Darryl F. Zanuck. AT THE BAR: Johnny Carson, Gary Cooper, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Marlene Dietrich.

FRONT ROW: Hedda Hopper, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Huston, Elizabeth Taylor. SEATED BEHIND: Greta Garbo, Joan Collins,

Local Soiree: Dita Von Teese Performs the Beverly Hills Hotel (VIDEO)

“Zou Bisou Bisou” played over the pool surrounded by orange lanterns at dusk on Wednesday celebrating the first of many Cointreau pool parties this summer 2012. A live performance by Dita Von Teese launched the series following an opening act by the Aqualillies who begin their two month residency at the hotel on Fridays (July 13th – August 25th).

Dita wore Jenny Packham to the event before changing into her tear-away costume — also made by Jenny Packham — and performing around 9pm to a crowd of her friends, and friends of Cointreau, and the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Aquallies performed around 8pm and did synchornized swim and dance acts to three songs.

Spotted in poolside cabanas: Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied, Ellen Von Unwerth, electronic music duo Daft Punk, Marissa Tomei, Mary-Louise Parker, former Details editor Annie Flanders, designer Jeremy Scott, Linda Ramone, Wren’s Melissa Coker,Hollywood Reporter’s Merle Ginsberg, author Rose Apodaca, Albert Murcia (who is Dita’s booker and production manager), Kim Kessler (from the Four Seasons PR team), Ashlee Margolis, jeweler Nola Singer and Refinery 29’s Brenna Egan, Tiffany Caronia (who is now handling bookings for the Aqualillies), Magda Berliner & Jesse Johnson, Nico Golfar, and more.

Cute foods: Mini Hamburgers, mini ice-cream sandwhiches, mini Lobster tacos, mini crème brûlée (with a strawberry in each cup).

Drinks & Cocktails: Cointreau Sunset, Margarita, Cointreau + Lime + Soda, Cointreau Cobbler, and The Original Margarita!

Dita’s costume:
Jenny Packham Jacket, skirt, bra, underbra, corset, panty, Headband
Louboutin Shoes
Bracelets and earrings by Michael Schmidt

#TruffleNotes: U can take classes from the Aqualillies every Sunday for FREE at the Annenberg Center.


Beverly Hills Hotel Pool


Cointreau’s step and repeat wall

Dita Von Teese — official brand ambassador for Cointreau — Image via Getty and filered with LINE Camera for the iPhone

Photo booth

Magda Berliner & Albert Murcia

Rose Apodaca

Veggie Hamburgers

Mini Crème Brûlée

Lobster Tacos

Cointreau bar

Cointreau recipes

Beverly Hills Hotel Pool

More about Cointreau Poolside Soirees:
Returning to its iconic Hollywood roots, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Cointreau created an experience reminiscent of the inimitable glamour and style of old Hollywood, hosting the extravagant launch event as the official kick off of the Cointreau Poolside Soiree seven-week series (July 13 – August 24) and summer bar cart cocktail program at the hotel. The on-going series, beginning this Friday (July 13), will encapsulate the sophistication and culture of a golden era and showcase the true art of cocktail making. Los Angeles locals will be invited to the historic pool from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, without cover charge, to experience chic vintage bar cart service and Cointreau cocktails, signature drinks from the 100th Anniversary menu and special live performance by the Aqualillies and Luca Ellis!

Cointreau Drink Recipes
Cointreau, Lime & Soda
2 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Club soda
Combine all ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Stir briefly.

Original Margarita
1 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. blanco tequila
1 oz.fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Shake and strain into a Margarita glass.

Sunset Margarita
1 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. watermelon-infused blanco tequila
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. homemade raspberry syrup
Shaken and Served over fresh rocks with a salted rim. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.

Cointreau Cobbler
1 oz. Cointreau
3 oz. Amontillado Sherry
3 orange slices
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Shake and strain over crushed ice in metal cup. Garnish with fresh fruit: blackberry, raspberry, sliced strawberry and orange, and mint.