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Whether you stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Circa 55 Restaurant, you’ll have a great view of the legendary Aqua Star Pool — the largest outdoor heated pool in Beverly Hills. The restaurant’s alfresco dining area is also quite scenic with dark-brown wicker furniture topped with avocado-green cushions and tan couches with teal pillows — perfect for couples eager to cozy up with a cocktail such as the classic mai tai served at the adjacent bar, Trader Vic’s Lounge. The palm trees are illuminated during dinner, and a DJ spins tunes outside on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a poolside movie screening during the Beverly Hilton’s summer “Dive-In Movie Night” series.
Circa 55’s best views overlook the famous Aqua Star pool, which has lured Hollywood luminaries for years. Ever since its splash opening with MGM “Million Dollar Mermaid” actress Esther Williams in 1955, it has remained the largest, heated Olympic-size hotel pool in Beverly Hills. Actress Angelina Jolie created a flashbulb moment by jumping into the pool after her 1999 Golden Globe Award win.