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12 Of The Coolest Public Bathrooms In Los Angeles
While most public restrooms are for simply getting in and getting out, there are a few in Los Angeles that offer innovative and fun features that make it worth spending some extra time in the loo. Some have gorgeous views, others are lavish and then there are ones that offer private disco parties. Below are our favorite restrooms in Los Angeles that offer a bit of flourish to your flush. As always, please share your favorite commodes in the comments. Unless, of course, you're hoping to keep your favorite porcelain throne in L.A. a secret place for quiet contemplation.
The water closet of this new Studio City dining destination serves as an ode to one anglophile's rock 'n' memories from across the pond. The walls of both the men and women's restrooms are painted with exaggerated, street-style renditions of the iconic Lambretta scooter from Quadrophenia, seen on both the cover of The Who's 1973 rock opera and in the classic mod flick loosely based on the album. So, while you might find hyper-seasonal, local fare from chef and co-owner Ted Hopson in the dining room, beverage director and co-owner Ann-Marie Verdi wanted to pay tribute to her time spent across the pond in jolly old England. The British inspiration also happens to fit nicely with the modern Tudor cottage theme found elsewhere in the restaurant. —Danny Jensen
The Bellwetheris located at 13251 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, (818) 285-8184.
Viceroy Santa MonicaIf you haven't visited the palatial throne rooms in the lobby of these chic hotel, there's a good chance you've seen them on your Instagram feed. Deep emerald green subway tiles, chessboard floors, cool chandeliers and mirrors, lots of mirrors, make this swank latrine a prime selfie spot. Some might even say it's the, um, number one spot. Chances are you'll find yourself snapping a photo—if not many—after spending time at the lobby's Cameo Bar, where you can "Pick Your Own" liquor for a tasty old fashioned or mule. —Danny Jensen
Viceroy Santa Monica is located at 1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, (310) 260-7511.
The GroveShould you find yourself dodging the trolley to find a suitable latrine while shopping at The Grove, you're in for a treat. Prepare yourself for some serious class as you waltz into the floor-to-ceiling marble-tiled restrooms, which offer top-notch amenities like a play area with a massive chalkboard and plasma TV (hey, we're all kids at heart), microwaves and bottle warmers (if you're in need) and couches for actual resting. Oh, and did you happen to notice the six original drawings by Picasso and Miro? Yeah, no big deal, don't you have some of those in your bathroom, too? The mall's bathrooms—designed and remodeled in 2012 by world-renowned architect David Rockwell—actually made the list of the country's 10 best bathrooms by this super official annual contest in year's past. — Danny Jensen
The Grove is located at 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, (323) 900-8080.
Shojin DowntownWhenever you step into Shojin, you feel like you've been transported to a place that is very different from its neighbors (like X-Lanes and Max Karaoke) in the Little Tokyo Shopping Center where it's located. After all, this is a classy organic vegan sushi restaurant that's dimly-lit inside with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and jazz music playing in the background. It's a special-occasion type of place, so you know their restrooms are no joke either. Their women's room is the girliest bathroom you'll be in. Painted all in pink, the walls are decorated with small framed pictures of hearts, the word "love," and paintings of flowers. A side table holds a mirrored serving tray encrusted with jewels, and there's even fragrant lotion and a mouth-wash dispenser in there. While the men's restroom isn't quite on the level as the women's, it's still decorated with modern art hanging on the walls. Not too shabby. —Jean Trinh
Shojin Downtown is located at 333 S Alameda St., Ste. 310, Little Tokyo, (213) 617-0305
Break Room 86Take a trip down memory lane (or to the bathroom) when you go to Break Room 86. The Houston Brothers have done it again, designing a bar that pays homage to a kitschy era—this time the 1980s. While we love stepping into their karaoke rooms that make you feel like you're in your family's old-school den, their restroom is another business all on its own. Follow the colorful wall full of cassette tapes (remember those?) to get to the bathrooms. There you'll find walls lined with throwback posters with images of some of our favorite teen comedies (like Better Off Dead and Ferris Bueller's Day Off) to snapshots of Madonna, Mork & Mindy, and even Max Headroom. —Jean Trinh
Break Room 86 is located at 630 S. Ardmore Ave., Koreatown, (213) 368-3056.
Sassafras SaloonThe attention to detail at Sassafras Saloon is impeccable. You really do feel like you're in some old-timey saloon in the South (even though you're in Hollywood), with their Southern-inspired drinks like New Orleans-style chicory cocktails and Hurricanes. The women's restroom also had special touches: regal, gold-framed mirrors with Victorian-style paintings of women on the walls. Even when you flush the toilet, you have to pull on one of those cool, old-school chains from up top—it's latched onto a wooden box. And both men and women share the a white communal sink with exposed pipe outside the restrooms. —Jean Trinh
Sassafras Saloon is located at 1233 N Vine St., Hollywood, (323) 467-2800
Good Times At Davey Wayne'sWe like Houston Brothers' 80s bar mentioned above, but we also loved their older bar from the preceding decade, Good Times at Davey Wayne's. This '70s-themed bar in Hollywood is so meticulously decorated, we couldn't possibly expect anything less from the bathroom. Find them in a hallway that separates the bar from a lounge area. Inside, sexy photos from the decade that hosted the golden age of porn can be found plastering the walls. Vintage ads for exploitation films and come hither gazes stare at you from every angle.
Good Times At Davey Wayne's is located at 1611 N El Centro Ave. in Hollywood, 323-962-3804.
The HuntleyThe Huntley Hotel's Penthouse Restaurant in Santa Monica allows you to treat yourself to a gorgeous view both while dining and while attending to more private matters. This upscale contemporary restaurant is perfect for special occasions, and you can also gaze out over the rippling ocean while enjoying the privacy of the facilities. We'd call it a 'poo with a view,' but we're adults here.
The Huntley Hotel's Penthouse Restaurant is located 111 Second Street in Santa Monica, 310-393-8080.
Wolfgangs Beverly Hills
Americans are really missing out when it comes to toilets. A trip to Japan reveals magical, high-tech toilets, complete with bidets and other gadgetry. Here, you can find one of those toilets, complete with heated seats, at Wolfgangs Steak House in Beverly Hills, a high-end chophouse. As you can see in the video, you have plenty of options for cleansing streams while seated on a comfy, warming seat. We hear you can also find these fancy toilets at Gyu Kaku and the Miyako Hotel, but we have yet to conduct research in those restrooms.
Wolfgang's Steakhouse is located at 445 N Canon Dr. in Beverly Hills, 310-385-0640.
This West Hollywood gay bar can be a great place to grab a burger and try to win a round of drag queen Bingo, but the bathrooms are a party in and of themselves. Inside the red-lit stall, you'll find a disco ball spinning from the ceiling while ABBA's "Dancing Queen" plays. It's a nice, little break from the main bar without having to turn down your partying.
Hamburger Mary's is located at 8288 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, 323-654-3800.
The LINE HotelThe LINE is a great place to stop and rest for a moment. You can get an espresso from the Pot Cafe or a beer from the bar, relax on one of the many plush, round, blue booths and use the wifi to catch up on the news. Of course, after that coffee, you'll probably want to visit their restrooms. Well-designed like the rest of the hotel, these dark and sultry bathrooms may also appeal to your nerdy side. Their faux-torch light fixtures and overall darkness make going to the bathroom feel like trying to escape a dungeon crawler video game...or maybe that's just us.
The LINE Hotel is located at 3515 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown, 213-381-7411.
Hinoki & The BirdCentury City's Hinoki & The Bird is a hip and trendy restaurant where you can get beautifully plated, gourmet dishes like chili crab toast. The interior design is on par with its fancy food, and that includes its gorgeous restroom. They have white subway-titled walls that are interspersed with mirror subway tiles—in case you need to do a quick check for food stuck in your teeth while you're on a date. Even their sink looks like something you haven't seen before, with a brass-colored faucet coming out of a plate-like dish. Plus, in the women's restroom, you feel like you're at a spa, with candles dimly lighting the room and plenty of fresh flowers in vases serving as decoration. —Jean Trinh
Hinoki & The Bird is located at 10 W Century Dr., Century City, (310) 552-1200