LOS ANGELES — A 13th floor roof in downtown L.A. with couches, a bar and a pool is just about as Hollywood as it gets, and it’s the perfect place to party.
Such was the case Sunday night at The Standard downtown hotel. After a long flight, a long ride to my hotel, and a ton of typing and prep work for E3, I needed a stiff drink and beautiful people around me just to remind myself I was still human.
Still not convinced about the human part, but I ventured to The Standard on the recommendation of Danny the bartender at The 901.
It’s tough going to these things by yourself. Blast can’t afford to send a team to these conventions, so my checking account bears the burden of flight and hotel to get the coverage we need to stay on top. But it can be lonely.
Luckily, the Australian division of Electronic Arts arrived right after I did. If you’re ever looking to have a good time, find yourself some Aussies. They know how to party and they are the nicest people I’ve come across. The drinks flowed. The waitress was smoking hot. It was a party.
The views are also amazing. You’re literally surrounded by these tall skyscrapers — 13 stories is low by comparison — so you feel like you’re right in the middle of the world of Los Angeles.
Did not go in the pool.
I did try the food at their all night restaurant. I had a fresh mozzarella and tomato salad, which was very fresh and flavorful. Portion was a little small, but I suppose that’s one of the many reasons why the beautiful people here in Hollywood are also the skinny people.