Beverly Thrills

Where to spend cocktail hour in the 90210

Several new watering holes are making the usually posh Beverly Hills feel positively laid-back. Here's where to claim a barstool:

The Bar Room Porta Via has long attracted celebs and entertainment industry bigwigs, but its new side bar is for the locals. Revelry spills onto the covered terrace every night, and the party often goes late. Sip classics like cosmos, Manhattans and martinis here. 424 North Canon Dr.; 310-274-6534 or portaviabh.com

Honor Bar Live jazz permeates this long, narrow spot (pictured) adjacent to the recently opened South Beverly Grill. You'll find artisanal spirits in handcrafted libations like the kaffir lime gimlet ($13). A small menu (click here to download) features consistently good bar food–we like the juicy fried-chicken sandwich with slaw–all priced $10 and under. 122 S. Beverly Dr.; 310-550-0292 or hillstone.com

Bouchon Bar Grab a table along the lawn and sip a glass of Chablis or a crisp White Apron Ale at this low-key alternative to Bouchon. What's new: happy hour Monday through Friday (4 to 7 p.m.) with drink specials and snacks like sliders ($7) and deviled eggs topped with crispy bacon ($6). 235 N. Canon Dr.; 310-271-9910 or bouchonbistro.com