Your Guide to the Best Bars In Hollywood
Want to find a bar in Hollywood? There are so many different choices in Tinsel Town and here are some of the very best!
Where do you go when you want to find a great bar in Hollywood? There is a huge choice of places from dive bars, to cocktail lounges, wine bars to a craft beer fans paradise. Whatever you are looking for you will find it somewhere in Hollywood. Here is our guide to the very best bars in Hollywood.
The Library Bar is located inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, right in the heart of Tinsel Town. It is a very small bar located just off the lobby of this iconic Hollywood hotel.
The decor of the Library Bar could best be described as old school classy. A bit like an exclusive British Gentleman's Club. It is dimly lit, with wood paneled walls, and comfy leather sofas. There really isn't much room to sit down, but you can also take your drink outside to the hotel lobby if you prefer. It is a great place to people watch. This is a place which attracts the Hollywood elite and tourists alike, so you are never sure who you might see here.
The interesting concept of the Library Bar is that you will not find a menu here. You simply tell the bartender the kind of cocktail that you enjoy, and they will create something for you. The cocktail is tailored specifically to your tastes. The very talented bartenders use fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits to create your very own signature cocktail. These fresh ingredients are displayed out on the bar, so you can be inspired to tell the expert mixologists which your favorite flavors are.
A very unique feature of the drinks is the huge block of ice that they put in the glass. This is a fabulous idea, as it cools your drink to just the right temperature, but the ice doesn't melt quickly and water it down. Your drink remains the perfect mix, right to the bottom of the glass.
Each cocktail is priced at $17. This may seem somewhat pricey, but the drinks are very special, and the ambiance of the bar is unique. It is a wonderful place if you really want to impress a date, or if you just want to enjoy some of the very best drinks in Hollywood.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Phone number (323) 466-7000
A Hollywood boutique hotel located along the Walk of Fame, across from the Dolby Theatre, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a stunning destination.
Lost Property Bar
Lost Property Bar is located on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. This place has a very unusual concept. It is decorated with lost property, and if you see something you want you can take it. Yes if you really want that candle it's yours, or if you see a book that takes your fancy, just pick it up and take it home. If you want to leave something for others to take that is fine. If not, that is fine too. It's all good!
The decor is very inviting. It isn't a huge space, but that adds to it's charm. Dark wood paneled walls, leather chairs, subway tile high up on the ceiling, and mirrors on the walls, give the Lost Property Bar a very welcoming feel. It is pretty dark in the bar, with candle light providing a relaxed and welcoming ambiance.
The specialty here is whiskey, but they will make pretty much any cocktail that you can think of. Rhino and Jeremy are the very friendly and talented bartenders, and they make this an exceptional bar experience. A nice feature is that you can buy a bottle and leave it behind the bar to enjoy on your next visit. This is definitely a place where you feel as though you want to return more than once. If cocktails are not your preference, they also have some good beer and wines available.
There are some seats at the bar, and you should definitely try to get a seat there if you want to be entertained by the very welcoming bartenders. Watching them hand craft a cocktail is an experience not to be missed.
The Lost Property Bar does have a food menu. It has simple food such as pizzas and fries. This place really is more about the bar than the food, but it is good to have the option of something to eat if you find yourself wanting a bite to eat.
Lost Property Bar
1704 N Vine St
Phone number (323) 987-4445
The Powder Room
The Powder Room is another place that you have to see if you are looking for a great night out in Hollywood. It is a small place with a welcoming atmosphere. There aren't many places where you can enjoy a great cocktail and play a game of Jenga at the same time, but at the Powder Room you can go right ahead!
There is a large projector on the wall which plays videos of old movies. The Powder Room has a bit of a nostalgic feel to it, and definitely has a very relaxed atmosphere.
One of the specialties at the Powder Room is the milkshake. A definite must try if you enjoy creamy cocktails. There is a menu of cocktails, but if you have something in mind that you want, the bartenders will be happy to mix it for you. Cocktails are around the $13 price mark, which is pretty good for Tinsel Town.
The Powder Room
1606 N Cahuenga Blvd
Phone number (323) 469-5001
1606 North Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 HOURS: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9pm - 2am…
The Know Where Bar
What's not to like in a bar that also serves chocolate? The Know Where Bar on Hollywood Boulevard is a friendly place, which serves an excellent choice of wine and beer. The aim to provide a place where friends can kick back, relax and enjoy a drink with friends.
The interior design is interesting, with exposed brick walls, dark woods and velvet soft furnishings. The look is inspired by the 1930s period, and it creates a welcoming environment for it's customers. The long bar almost fills the space, but there is some seating at the side as well. This place is pretty dark. There are candles on the bar which all adds to the ambiance, but don't expect much light in here!
The music is not too loud, and you can still hold a conversation with your bar companions. The sounds are vinyl classics. Lots of records are displayed on shelves around the bar. They also have live music sometimes.
The emphasis here is on wine and beer, although they can prepare some of your favorite cocktails if that is what you would prefer. Beer prices start at around $5, and glasses of wines at $8.
They have a small bar menu with snacks such as Nuts and Olives for $4, Hummus and Pita for $6, Charcuterie and Cheese Board for $12, and Chocolate Envy for $5.
The Know Where Bar
5634 Hollywood Blvd
Phone number (323) 871-4108
Next Door Lounge
When you step through the doors of the Next Door Lounge you feel as though you have been transported to another era. The Next Door Lounge is very much a modern "speakeasy" bar. In theory you actually have to know the password to even get through the door. However, in these modern times the password is available to anyone who will fill in a form on their website, and given them their email address!
You do need to know where The Next Door Lounge is though, as there is no sign on the door. Just a key symbol. James the door man is dressed in a top hat and spats, just in case you are wondering if you were in the right place. Don't stress if you don't know the password. The door man is friendly and will let you in without it.
The decor creates the feeling that you are in a Hollywood bar in the prohibition era. Exposed brick walls, high ceilings, leather couches, silent black and white movies playing in the background. The atmosphere here really is something very special. The huge wooden table in the center of the space used to belong to Mel Gibson! A live jazz band plays in the bar, adding to the 1920s feel of the place.
The Cocktail Menu has some fabulous choices with some very entertaining names. Why not try the Illegal Smile for $14, Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrel for $14, or The Good Stuff for $14? The interesting titled Humdingers Cocktails include Brown Derby for $11 which is a combination of Evan Williams Honey Bourbon and Grapefruit Juice, and the classic Vieux Carre for $16 which is a mix of Sazerac Rye, Pierre Farrand Cognac, Carpano Antica, Benedectine, Peychaud's, and Angostura Bitters.
If you prefer something fizzy you should try the Heebie-Jeebies for $14. This is a delicious combination of Black Grouse Scotch, Velvet Falernum, Lemon Juice, Syrup, Chartreuse, and Egg White. If you like Champagne Cocktails why not choose the Brass Flower for $13, or the French 75 for $12?
The Next Door Lounge also has a large selection of beer on draft. Choices include Abita Light for $6, Jamaican Red for $6, and Stone Cali-Belgique for $7. Bottled beer is also available starting at $6.
The wine selection is pretty extensive and available by the glass or the bottle. Whether you are looking for a local wine, or something from the New World, you will find something to enjoy at the Next Door Lounge.
If you are with a party of friends you can order a Punch Bowl. This unusual concept will serve up around 25 to 30 drinks so is great for group sharing. You could try the Black Buffy for $265 which is Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Fresh Blackberry, Lemon Juice, and Creme de Menthe. Another choice is The Debutatne for $245 which is a delicious blend of Jovelle Vodka, Fresh Strawberry, Lime Juice, and Rosemary Syrup. Definitely something to get the party started!
This is a speakeasy so of course there is a great selection of Bourbon and Whiskey. They have an impressive collection of Scottish Single Malts, as well as a very large choice of domestic whiskeys. If you enjoy your malt you will be most interested in Whiskey Wednesday. This is held every Wednesday at 8 pm. and is a presentation by Head Barman Zac Henry. Guests can learn about whiskey whilst tasting some samples. This is a popular event and reservations, although optional, are advisable.
Sometimes the Next Door Lounge hosts Murder Mystery Dinners. These are a lot of fun, and certainly the decor and atmosphere adds to the experience. Check on their calendar to keep up with events.
The Next Door Lounge has a good menu with some great tasting food. Appetizer choices include Ahi Tuna for $10, Calamari for $10, Kale and Artichoke Dip for $9, Sweet Potato Sticks for $5, and a Cheese Platter for $15.
Salads range in price from $8 to $10, and include Arugula, Kale, Spinach, and Roasted Brussels Sprout Gratin.
If you want something more substantial you should order from the "Give Me Meat Or Give Me Death" section of the menu! This includes The Old Time Burger for $14, and the IPA Grilled Chicken Skewers for $10.
The Wood Oven Pizza Pie is delicious. Choices include South Western for $12, Pepperoni Sausage N' Olives for $11, Spinach and Goat Cheese for $11, and Sausage and Applewood Bacon for $13.
The Come Ova Here Sweets include Cheesecake Cake or Chocolate Cake for $7, Let Them Eat Cake for $8, or a Chocolate Pyramid ,which is also $8.
Happy Hour is Tuesday to Friday 5:00 pm. until 8:00 pm. This is a great time to visit for excellent prices on wine and beer at just $4 for a glass or wine or a beer. Cocktails are also bargains during Happy Hour with choices including Moscow Mule for $, Brown Derby for $6, Daiquiri for $7, Whiskey Sour for $7. If you want something a little less conventional sounding, why not try the Corpse Reviver or the Penicillin for $8? House Well drinks are available during Happy Hour for just $6.
There are some great food selections during Happy Hour. These include Shrimp Ceviche for $7, Dip Trio for $7, Sweet n’ Smokey Pulled Pork Sliders for $6, Dressed Deviled Eggs for $4, and Glazed Chicken Wings for $6.
Next Door Lounge
1154 N Highland Ave
Phone number (323) 465-5505
Tuesday to Thursday 5:00 pm to 12:00 am
Friday 5:00 pm to 2:00 am
Saturday 7:00 pm to 2:00 am
If you like fun, themed bars, you will love Now Boarding. This West Hollywood Bar has a 1960s aviation theme. Not too many bars anywhere around that can claim that! This place is a lot of fun. The decor is well done, and surprisingly not too over the top. The huge map on the wall of flight paths is something to keep you amused for a while.
The music isn't too loud, and you can still carry on a conversation. The sounds are from the 1960s and 70s.
There is a great cocktail menu with a choice of 15 different drinks all priced at $14. If you want to upgrade to premium liquor you can do that for a $2 additional charge. You really have to try a Jetsetter to fit in with the surroundings. This is mix of gin, St. Germaine, lime, egg whites and muddled cucumber, all decorated with mint to make it look pretty. Delicious.
If you want to visit this place a lot you can even become a member. You will then get priority access at the weekends, and invitations to private party events. You can even purchase a bottle and put it away in the members only lockers. The price of membership? It's $600 so you better be sure you are going to be here a lot!
7746 Santa Monica Blvd
Phone number (323) 848-8447
If you want to feel as though you have stepped back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood, Harlowe is most definitely the place to be. This West Hollywood bar has simply stunning decor. It is a welcoming place to be with great drinks and excellent food. What more can you ask for?
Harlowe is a very popular place, particularly on weekends. There is a small dance floor, and a DJ plays on the weekend.
The cocktails are delicious, and there is a good choice available. We love the names including Hot For Teacher, Fernaiquiri Swizzle, Cruisin’ The Grapevine, Mexican Firing Squad, and How Do You Like Them Spiced Apples? This place doesn't take itself too seriously, and doesn't care who knows it.
Our favorite has to be the cocktail named, There's Always Money In The Banana Stand. Not quite sure how the classic line from Arrested Development fits into this retro theme, but we think it's a great name anyway!
Harlowe has a huge choice of liquor available. If you enjoy whiskey and brandy you will be very happy here. They also have a relatively small selection of beer and wine.
The Happy Hour Menu is a great value, and is available every day from 5 pm. until 8 pm. Food choices include Mary’s Fried Chicken Strips for $6 , Fried Calamari for $7, Simple Green Salad for $7, and Roasted Vegetables for $5. The dessert is Raspberry and Orange Crumble which is available for just $5.
Happy Hour drinks are also very well priced. House White or Red Wine is available for $6 per glass, Draught Beers have $2 off, and Fountain Cocktails are $8.
Food is served from 5 pm until 11 pm every day. The menu is not huge, but you are sure to find something that you like. If you want something pretty hearty why not try the Baked Meatballs for $11? These are made from pork and beef, and served with a San Marzano sauce, garlic confit, buratta cheese, and spinach. Mary’s Fried Chicken Strips for $9 are also very tempting. A specialty is the Steak Frites for $19. If you enjoy steak you will love the combination of Rib Eye, chimichurri, and rosemary butter all served with crispy fries.
If you want something a little different for dessert you can sample the Persimmon Pie for $10. This delicious pie has a Cinnamon crust ,and is served with lemon cream.
Harlowe has a very interesting menu called Boozy Floats. Dessert and alcohol combined. What a wonderful idea! Choices include a Classy Lady which is lemon sorbet with Altos Blanco Tequila, Velvet Falernum, Harlowe’s own pineapple soda, and flavored with rosemary. We have to say that the Floats M’goats for $14 sounds like a rather strange combination, but we guess it works for some! This is goat cheese ice cream, Fords gin, all mixed with Harlowe’s special blueberry sage soda. You can also satisfy your Inner Child for $10 with a rather boozy version of a root beer float!
7321 Santa Monica Blvd
Phone number (323) 876-5839
Harlowe in WeHo is a tribute to Hollywood's Golden Age. Featuring a cocktail program designed by NY mixologist Dushan Zaric and small plates from ...
Sassafras Saloon is a very special place on Vine Street in Hollywood. Step inside this New Orleans style saloon with decor that takes you back to the 1920s. It's definitely a very cool place to enjoy a fine cocktail, and listen to some great live music.
House cocktails are available for $13. The Hurricane is a delicious mix of Atlantico Reserva, Cana Brava, and Stolen Rums with Orange, Lemon, Passionfruit and Pineapple Juices. The Classically British Pimms No, 1933 has Pimms, Chareau Aloe, Strawberry, Cucumber, Lemon and Mint.
You can order a Frozen Cocktail if you need something chilled. You can select either Ode To Erin Rose or the delicious Red Right Hand.
1233 N Vine St
Phone number (323) 467-2800
Sassafras, the newest installment from the 1933 group, a Savannah Townhouse in the heart Hollywood featuring ginger beer, barrel aged cocktails, and southern
The Piano Bar, as the name would suggest, really is primarily about the music. It is a great place to relax and enjoy a live band. This menu is pretty small, but the cocktails are good. It does get crowded on a Saturday night, so arrive early if you want to get in.
Happy Hour is definitely the time to go with Well Drinks, Beer and Wine offered for just $4. The Bottle of the Day is a very reasonable $3.
The Cocktail menu is simple, but the drinks are well made and very reasonably priced for this location. Maybellene, Crescendo and French 75 are priced at $9 each. Sazerac and Old Fashioned are $10. Beer on tap is $6, bottled beer is $5 for domestic, and $6 for imported.
6429 Selma Ave
Phone number (323) 466-2750
Ball & Chain
If you want to try some excellent craft beers and enjoy some great food, head on over to the Ball & Chain Restaurant and Bar in Hollywood. It is really more of a restaurant than a bar, but we wanted to mention it because of the good selection of craft beers. There are always 20 beers on tap and over 120 beers by the bottle.
Beer choices include Belching Beaver Beaver's Milk On Nitro, Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, Boulder Beer Shake Chocolate Porter, Small Town Not Your Father's Root Beer, Uinta Wet Hop Pale Ale, and North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner. Bottled beer choices include Black Market Deception Coconut Lime Blonde Ale, Cismontane Holy Jim Falls Xpa, Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock.
Happy Hour is from 3 pm until 7 pm on Saturdays, and 5 pm until 7pm on weekdays. This is a great time to enjoy some beer and appetizers. Draught and craft beer is just $4 for any type that you want. Select wine is just $4 per glass.
Happy Hour Appetizers are just $5 per plate with a choice of Loaded Potato Skins, Hollywood Wings, Sliders and the B and C Salad. Meatballs on the Boulevard are a very popular choice and can be made with a choice of pork, beef or veggies. The sauce options are marinara, white cheddar, pesto, gravy, or bbq.
The regular food menu is small, but you will find something you want to eat here from the choice of American classics. There is a good choice of burgers which include the Ball and Chain Classic for $11, the Smokey Burger for $12, and the Bourbonator for $13. If you want a slightly healthier burger you can opt for the SoCal which has grilled chicken and smoked cheddar served on ciabatta for $11. This is a Hollywood restaurant so there has to be quinoa somewhere on the menu. Here you will find it in the Veggie Burger for $12.
Choices of side include Brussels Sprouts for $8, Mac and Cheese for $8, Loaded Potato Skins for $8, and Onion Rings for $7. A fun option is the Giant Salted Pretzel for $10.
A delicious option for dessert is the Butterscotch Bread Pudding for $9 which has a side of caramel whiskey. Apple Pie a la mode is also a great choice for $6.
Ball & Chain
1643 N Cahuenga Blvd
Tuesday: 5pm - midnight
Wednesday: 5pm - midnight
Thursday: 5pm - midnight
Friday: 5pm - 1am
Saturday: 3pm - 1am
Customized gourmet meatballs and a large beer selection. Restaurant located in Hollywood
The Surly Goat
The Surly Goat really doesn't take itself too seriously. This Hollywood Bar has a great selection of craft beers. It can get pretty crowded and loud in here, particularly at the weekend, but it is well worth a visit if you enjoy excellent beer. The space is small, and sometimes there is a long wait to actually get a drink, but the crowd is friendly, and the atmosphere is good. There is some outdoor seating available.
There are 27 beers on tap at the Surly Goat. Choices can include Le Trappe Quad, Christmas Ale,Pliny the Elder, New Dogtown, and Victory at Sea Peanut Butter.
The Surly Goat
7929 Santa Monica Blvd
Phone number (323) 650-4628
Surly Goat - Current Beers on Tap
V Wine Room
V Wine Room is more of a tasting room than a bar, but it is a great plce to enjoy good wine or a beer with friends. It is a very relaxed place, where you can enjoy some food plates, and even play a board game. What could be better than playing Cards Against Humanity whilst enjoying a glass of fine wine?
The food choices are limited, but go well with the wine and beer choices. Offerings include Olives, a Cheese Plate, Cured Meats, Fruits, Nuts and a small selection of Sweet Treats.
This place really is all about the wine. On Mondays there is a great deal where they offer glasses for just $8. There also have a small selection of craft beers available.
V Wine Room
903 Westbourne Dr
Phone number (310) 339-9202
Covell is a must if you enjoy excellent wine. They are pretty unique, as they offer very high quality wines, but do not have a wine list. There are over 150 carefully selected wines available, all by the glass. Co owner Matthew Kaner doesn't want to offer a huge wine list, as he believes that customers should not have to waste their time looking over one and carefully choosing something, to then be told that their choice is sold out. It is a unusual concept, but a welcome one. This is one of the best wine bars in town. Kaner certainly knows his wine. He was named by Food and Wine Magazine as one of their Sommeliers of the Year.
The excellent wines are offered alongside a high quality food menu. Small Plates include Olives and Almonds for $5, Tater Tots with Heinz 57 Sriracha for $6, and a Mozzarella Salad for $10.
Cheese and Charcuterie is the perfect choice to enjoy with a glass of wine. There is a good selection of cheese options including Purple Haze, Mobay, Saint Agur Blue, and Beemster XO Gouda. If you prefer charcuterie you can select Angel's Black Truffle Salami, Angel's Berkshire Lonzino, and La Espanola Pamploma Chorizo. A plate with one choice is $6, three are $15, or you could have five for $25.
If you would prefer something cooked you can order a Croque Monsieur or Provencal for $12. A Tuna Melt is $15, and a classic Mac and Cheese is $9.
If you still have room for dessert you have a choice of Pot du Creme au Chocolat or Croissant Bread Pudding. These are both available for $7 each.
4628 Hollywood Blvd
Phone number (323) 660-4400
The Well is a very cool bar in the heart of Tinsel Town, located close to the Hollywood Palladium. If you like a stylish place to enjoy a cocktail, wine or a beer, this is the place for you.
There is a small, but tasty food menu. Appetizers and Snacks include Steamed Edamame with Sea Salt
for $5, Mixed French Fry Basket for $8, Bacon Wrapped Smokies for $10, Stuffed Potato Skins for $10, and Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms, which are also priced at $10 for a plate.
Hot Food choices include The Nacho Pile for $12, Spicy Chicken Strips & Fries for $12, Thai Style Chicken Wings for $12, and a Chicken Quesadilla topped with Guacamole & Sour Cream for $10. The Flatbreads are available for $12, and there is a choice of either Vegetable or BBQ Chicken. For something a little different why not try the Beef Stew Open Face Sandwich for $14?
If you crave a burger or some sliders there is a good choice of options on the menu. Beef Short Rib Sliders are $13, The Well Burger is $14, and the Crispy Chicken Sliders are $13.
Dessert choices include Deep Fried Twinkie, and Apple Pie Flat Bread. Each is available for $10.
Happy Hour is 4 pm to 8 pm on weekdays, and from 5 pm until 8 pm on weekends. Food specials include Grilled Chicken Sandwich for $6, Swedish Turkish Meatballs for $6, and Assorted Sausages with Bread and Mustard for $6. You do have to purchase a drink to get these discounted food prices.
The Happy Hour Specialty Cocktail Menu is also very tempting, with drinks priced at just $7.50. Choices include Moscow Mule, Salted Caramel Martini, My Dear Clementine, Absolut Suicide, and Harvery The Wallbanger.
House red and white wine is available for $6 a glass during Happy Hour. Beer specials include Bud Light and Pabst Blue Ribbon for $3. Stella Artois, Newcastle Brown Ale, and Monk's Ale are available for $6.
6255 W Sunset Blvd
Phone number (323) 467-9355
Monday - Thursday: 4 pm to 2 am
Friday: 12 pm to 2 am
Saturday - Sunday: 5 pm to 2 am
If you have ever watched Housewives of Beverly Hills you will most definitely heard of Pump. Owned by reality television start Lisa Vanderpump this is a very glamorous place to see and be seen. There really aren't many places, even in Hollywood, with such a beautiful outdoor space. You definitely feel as though you are in a fabulous garden somewhere in Europe, as you sip a cocktail beneath the one hundred year old olive trees.
The cocktails are imaginative, and even though they are around the $14 mark, this really isn't too much of a shock for the location. The Signature Cocktails include Pump Tini and Pumpopolitan. The Coconut Mojito is an interesting twist on a classic favorite. It has all the usual mojito ingredients but has coconut flakes for a more tropical flavor. The Pumpgranite Margherita is also worth trying, and is priced at $14.
They do have bottled beer but the selection is rather limited. This is definitely more of a cocktail place. Choices include Miller Lite for $6, Angel City IPA for $8, and Asahi for $7.
The have a Bar Menu if you would like to eat something with your drinks. The menu has a reasonable choice, but is expensive. Choices include Ahi Tuna Tartare for $16, Fresh Papaya with Shrimp and Crab for $18, Calamari is $14, and a Pump Caesar Salad is $14, with an extra $5 for chicken or $8 for rock shrimp.
If you would like to try the Pinky Punp Burger, this is available for $18 and is served with thick cut fries. As the owners are British there has to be traditional Vanderpump Fish and Chips on the menu. At $25 it would be difficult to find any in their native land for this price, but the location is everything here! If you want to be keeping up with the Hollywood crowd you have to pay the price. It's up to you to decide if you think it is worth it!
8948 Santa Monica Blvd
Phone number (310) 657-7867
Welcome to PUMP, the sexy garden restaurant in the heart of West Hollywood. Check out our #HugeGayBrunch every Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Whether you choose the glamorous Pump, the speakeasy Next Door Lounge, the quirky Lost Property Bar, or the saloon style Sassafras, we are sure that you will have an amazing time in Hollywood. Whichever bar you choose in Tinsel Town you are sure to have a memorable experience.
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