Cocktails in Historic Places: Celebrating Trader Vic's

— by Caroline on Crack

Trader Vic's Mai Tai

Contrary to popular belief, Los Angeles does have history. And what better way to celebrate it than with a toast? Join history appreciation group, The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, in one of their monthly cocktail hours at various historical L.A. landmarks. They’ve had it at the elegant Cognac Room at the Biltmore and next month’s will be Traxx at Union Station. But this Friday, ADSLA will honor the world famous Trader Vic’s in the Beverly Hilton.

The last remaining tiki bar on Route 66 has been around since 1955 and picked up in popularity in the ’60s, frequented by the likes of Ronald Reagan and JFK. Taste a bit of tiki history by ordering up a delish Mai Tai the way it’s meant to be served a la Trader Vic, the creator of the famous tropical concoction, and enjoy the kitschy Tiki decor while you still can.


Famous as a favorite hangout for Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack, the Polynesian-themed restaurant, along with the rest of this Welton Beckett-designed complex, could be facing the wrecking ball if the results of an upcoming EIR looks favorable on the hotel’s owner’s proposal. So come join us as we Art Decophiles see what the modern world has in store for us–and support the L.A. Conservancy’s Modern Committee ( in opposing the demolition.

This event is open to the public but feel free to dress Deco or casual. Either way, look for the greeters wearing boutonnieres.


Trader Vic’s at the Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90210