Hotel Thrillist Conquers Los Angeles

Last weekend, the good folks—and insatiable party animals—over at Thrillist, set out to prove that the West Coast truly is the best coast by inviting hordes of social influencers, media types, and sweepstakes winners to be wined and dined (emphasis on the wined) in L.A., home to the website’s second-longest-running city edition. The home base for what was dubbed “Hotel Thrillist” was the JW Marriot, part of the massive entertainment complex L.A. Live, the centerpiece of downtown L.A.’s revitalization.

Night one featured a party on the hotel’s roof where we sampled bites from some of the area’s best restos, including Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Katsuya L.A. Live, LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon, Rosa Mexicano, Trader Vic’s, WP24 Restaurant & Lounge by Wolfgang Puck, and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. After that, it was off to the Club Nokia VIP Lounge, for a private affair that featured suds courtesy of Corona and specially mixed cocktails courtesy of Bacardi.

But the highlight of the weekend was by far the Entourage-style pool party, at a private mansion in the Hollywood Hills, where in between those same Barcadi-based cocktails and those ice cold Coronas, guests got coifs in the NIVEA for Men Spa and caught shade in smartwater’s Relaxation and Hydration Station. Top Chef Alums Marcel Vigneron and CJ Jacobsen made sure guests didn’t go hungry, with, among other snacks, an entire roasted pig. Midway through, the Aquailillies Flash Mob provided a dazzling spectacle of synchronized swimming that earned raucous applause from guests.

The weekend came to a close with one last bash at LA Production Studios, where partygoers seemed unfazed by the boozy weekend, going hard to the very end, aided in part by the addictive beats of Deejay Reprise. When all was said and done, despite the many opportunities, we managed to keep our shirts on, which for many, only made the weekend that much better. Check out pics below.

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Photos courtesy of Colin Wolff-Young.

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