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New Cocktail Lounge Bibo Bribes the Beverly Hills Borderlands With Lots of Booze

The Robertson Plaza entrant is the first to remake the big property

Grandpa Joe from Bibo
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Cocktail newcomer Bibo is officially landing along Robertson Boulevard on Friday, and it has heavy backing from one of the Hollywood hospitality industry’s most monied family names. The place sits at the intersection of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Beverly Grove, and should bring a more upscale drinking experience to the borderlands neighborhood behind Cedars-Sinai.

As first reported by LA Weekly, Bibo is the brainchild of Tait Forman, heir to the family that thought up Arclight Cinemas and, before that Pacific Theatres. Forman’s family not only offers high-quality movie viewing experiences, they’re also one of the city’s best purveyors of pre-screening food and drink, having partnered with the Proprietors LLC (The Walker Inn, Honeycut) team years ago on cocktails.

Now Forman is branching out on his own to bring Bibo, a throwback Art Deco bar across the street from The Ivy, to the big screen. He’s still working with the Proprietors team on the opening cocktail menu, a truncated list with options like the Grandpa Joe (above), featuring whiskey, Grand Marnier and clarified lemon and orange juice.

Owner Tait Forman
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Home Studios, the folks behind similarly-appealing Gwen, designed the bar. The official arrival is this Friday, when the bar will begin keeping hours from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly. As for the rest of Robertson Plaza, a Blue Bottle is expected inside by early next year, along with Phoenix-based restaurant The Henry.

116 N. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA