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Remember the final season of Mad Men when seemingly everybody was moving to Los Angeles for the sun-dappled SoCal lifestyle? Megan was tootling around in a  convertible and even Pete Campbell was doing the sunglasses-atop-the-head thing like he was born to it. That’s basically the vibe at Thompson Hollywood, the 11-story hotel with rooftop bar and lounge with a perfect location on Wilcox Avenue a couple of blocks from the hubbub of Hollywood Boulevard.

The smartness of the interior design by Tara Bernerd & Partners is that it’s inspired by mid-century style without being constrained by it. There’s a glorious greenery-and-foliage entryway and furnishings like Danish modern chairs with leather arm straps. The artwork pays homage to vinyl records in various ways, a nod to the district’s history as a center of the Hollywood music industry and companies like Capitol Records, founded a few blocks away.

The rooftop not only holds a swimming pool and terrace restaurant (yes, there’s a view of the iconic Hollywood sign) but also a lounge called Bar Lis with a French Riviera theme that’s become a gathering spot for locals. You can sip your bourbon or beer but why not be a sport and try one of the house specials like the Bang-Bang, a concoction made with Avion Silver tequila, Dolin Blanc vermouth and a touch of maraschino, rosemary, and lavender.

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