Alright, so maybe you don’t have a long list of celebrity exes like John Mayer, Russel Brand, and Travie McCoy; but that does not mean you cannot live the V.I.P. life of Katy Perry. Channel the saying: “think and you shall be.” Remember, only a handful of years ago, Kim Kardashian was just a sales clerk at a boutique in the valley. Now, she is not only a multimillionaire, she is the mother of Kanye West’s first-born. So here are the steps to becoming the King, or Queen, of Beverly Hills.
Get a Glam Squad
You cannot be a star in Beverly Hills if you do not look like one. So the first order of business is ALWAYS to glam it up. Sure, there are many low cost alternatives throughout Los Angeles. But if you really want the V.I.P. star treatment experience, then save up your money and head to the best. The golden triangle of Beverly Hills has a top-rated beauty salon on almost every corner, catering to both men and women. Try Giuseppe Franco Salon on North Canon Drive. Then, there is The Private Room on Brighton Way. Or, perhaps you would prefer Salon Republic on West Pico Boulevard?
Cocktail Hour Pre-Game
On your marks, get set, go, go, go … straight to the bar. If you are planning a night on the town, then you must start off with the requisite cocktail hour. After all, (as the nightly news proves on a regular basis,) celebrity status and inebriation almost go hand-in-hand. Fortunately, Beverly Hills’ main nightlife area is within a short mile radius, making walking and taxi cabs ideal. If you really want to live like a V.I.P. celebrity, then go where the celebrities are known to go: Nic’s Beverly Hills on North Canon Drive; Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar on North Beverly Drive; and even, Bar Bouchon on North Canon Drive.
Refuel with Food
Even celebrities have to eat. In fact, Beverly Hills restaurants are some of the best places to spot the biggest stars in the world. Why do you think there is always a crowd of paparazzi outside of every Beverly Hills restaurant? If you are in the mood for steak try CUT on Wilshire Boulevard. If sushi is your preference, then the expensive (but worth it) Urasawa located in Two Rodeo Plaza is the place to be. If you are on a budget, then there are a number of chain restaurants with lower prices, such as The Cheesecake Factory on North Beverly Drive and Il Fornaio on North Beverly Drive.
Get Up and Dance !
The saying is “nobody walks in L.A.,” and apparently nobody dances in Beverly Hills. Which makes since, because other than pop stars like Justin Bieber performing during a concert; most celebrities are more known for their drinking and nightly “hookups.” The only full-fledged dance club in Beverly Hills is Confidential Beverly Hills at 424 N. Beverly Drive, (formerly the location of Aqua Lounge.) However, if you just want to hear some great music and sway a little, lounges like Nic’s and Cafe Roma, both on North Canon Drive, are great. Otherwise, the Sunset Strip with nightclubs galore is just minutes away.
After Hours V.I.P.
Most places in Beverly Hills shut down at the requisite 2 AM, so if you are seeking after hours action, your best bet is at a private party at one of the most beautiful mansions in the world. As far as public places go, a late night snack at a 4-star hotel may be something to look forward to, after a long night of dancing. Some of the most luxurious hotels in the world are right in the heart of Beverly Hills, including the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (where the movie “Pretty Woman” was filmed,) on Wilshire Boulevard; the Four Seasons on North Doheny Drive; and the Montage Beverly Hills on North Canon Drive.