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Where to get Your Super Trendy Drinks These Days

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The recent opening of the SLS Hotel on La Cienega added another super-trendy bar and restaurant to the scene in Los Angeles. Although the under-age Chris Brown hung out there until about 3 a.m. a week after the Rihanna incident, it hasn't turned into one of the celebrity charade bars (at least not yet). So, what is it like?SLS with its main restaurant The Bazaar by Jose Andrés and the accompanying Bar Centro are decorated by Phillippe Starck. This is not the best design job Starck has done. Still longing for the finesse of the Royalton in New York, Bar Centro comes across as cluttered and a rather hodge-podge assembly of older Starck themes. A few things are engaging, like the black and white screens embedded at each spot on the long bar table, which does encourage conversation with people who are sitting across from you. The right side of the area is a ‘dessert bar’ intermingled with items from the über-design store Moss.

Back to the bar. Dimly lit, of course. Fairly crowded, of course. Service tottered on abysmal, of course. (Though to be fair, the wait staff tried, I just don’t think there were enough of them).

The bar menu has assorted expensive tapas, a few of which are borrowed from the gastro-chemical El Bulli style of The Bazaar.