BY JULIET BENNETT RYLAH IN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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
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Viceroy Santa Monica
If 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.
Should 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.
Hinoki & The Bird
Century 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