Here I've been in Los Angeles for four years, but this last I've lived in Hollywood and boy has it been a treat. I am someone who adores personality and atmosphere in individuals and businesses, but especially in a bar, and needless to say, Hollywood Boulevard sure does not disappoint in terms of excitement. Of course, there are hundreds of other bars here, but let me tell you about my favorites - especially that if you get the chance to visit this staple street of Tinseltown - you should stop by and experience for yourself! Bottoms up!
Good times at Davey Wayne's
1611 N El Centro Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
To enter this 1970's themed bar, you climb through a retro refrigerator and into low-lit living room where a house party is happening before your eyes. I mean, it's the whole shabang. It's just like experiencing what a houseparty would be like in That 70's Show in a friend's basement. Good Times at Davey Wayne's is an intimate atmosphere that takes you back in time with great live music or a DJ, a patio to smoke on if you wish, and the yummiest drinks that you better not spill on the carpet.
Beetle House LA
6356 Hollywood Blvd 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90028
At Beetlehouse LA, everyday is Halloween! If you're a fan of Tim Burton and his films, you best bet this is the place for you. After walking up the stairs and into it's eerie purple and black-lit atmosphere, you will find yourself in the dark fantasy-land of Mr. Burton's imagination. This place is highly decorated in line with his film's and it's no surprise that his characters are running around making comments about what you're wearing....*Ahem* Willy Wonka...The bar serves drinks themed after Alice in Wonderland, The Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas and many more! Not to mention, the restaurant here serves entrees, appetizers and desserts themed after the movies as well on a fixed price menu that you get to enjoy while watching a show and having Alice and the Cheshire Cat lurking over your shoulder. This is an experience you don't want to miss! PLEASE NOTE: You can get into the bar without a reservation, but need one for the restaurant! You can reserve your space in the link below!:
7065 1/2 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Adult's Only is a few blocks off of the boulevard, but boy is it worth it. Don't let its exterior deceive you. Although you enter from the corner of a small strip mall behind a burger king, you are immediately transported into the magical land of the "Adults Only' section at what your distant memory recalls as a video store - where again - your dreams come true. There are old VHS tapes of your favorite movies lining the walls to the entrance followed by racey images of the ladies hiding under your bed, but after all is said and done, you enter a speakeasy-esque, low-lit bar that takes you straight to the 1920s. As a film plays on the wall perpendicular to the bar, you look around to see mock stained glass windows above stylish velvet couches. Take a seat here, enjoy the flick playing on the big screen with your favorite people, and take advantage of the incredible happy hour from 5PM-10PM with $5 cocktails and $5 beer and a shot. If you're feeling up to it, they also have a billiards table for your amusement. There's not a worry in the world at Adults Only.
Jameson's Irish Pub
6681 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
This place is always a party - as the soup of the day is always Whiskey and when there's not a game on, your favorite music videos are playing on the multiple TVs that line the space. If an Irish Pub is ever what you're looking for with great deals on amazing food and the best drinks, the top place to watch the Notre Dame games, friendly kilted service and the most hospitable management around, Jameson's is always the place to go.
Pig N' Whistle
6714 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Opening in 1927, Pig N' Whistle is a Hollywood historical landmark and gives its customers a real feel of what Old Hollywood used to be like. With its intricate detailing throughout the building - especially on the ceiling, Pig N' Whistle has a flourishing history and menu to match. Being neighbor to the Egyptian Theater, stars such as Shirley Temple and Cary Grant had meals here before their movies premiered. Isn't that cool?! To add to the Old Hollywood vibe, 1920s actress Peg Entwistle was rising fame until one of her movies flopped causing her to commit suicide by jumping off of the Hollywood sign...dark turn...I know...but that is a personal theory I have about where Pig N' Whistle derived its name (although I know she died after it was founded). Either way - this restaurant and bar is one to experience if you find Old Hollywood ravishing as well as drink specials and good eats.
The Study Hollywood
6356 Hollywood Blvd 1st floor, Los Angeles, CA 90028
I find this place to be a marvel in itself. Though the drink menu can get a little expensive, the experience is totally worth it for a few drinks with your good friends or that special someone. The ambience is low and mellow with hundreds of books surrounding you giving you that "I'm in a super rich person's library in the 1930s and am attending one of their especially exclusive parties - therefore I'm going to act like a fancy person and enjoy myself, " vibes. This is right on Hollywood Boulevard. If you're going to the Pantages to see a show, this is the perfect place to go before or after.
The Rusty Mullet
1708 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The name implies exactly what you're going to get even before you walk into this place. Welcome to redneck heaven boys and girls. If there's anything that the Rusty Mullet isn't lacking, it's personality. With its bumpkin-esque mannequins hanging out on the awning of this open air-bar that gives prime people watching opportunities, the graffiti on the walls inside, its $3.66 Bud specials, the dozens of TVs hanging from every direction for every sports fan out there, and its prime location, the Rusty Mullet is the perfect reflection of your favorite backcountry dive back home. Bask in all the glory this place gives to you on Hollywood Boulevard.
1533 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Across the street from Adults Only and also in a strip mall, this hole in the wall is easy to get sucked into and almost impossible to leave without at least a little buzz. With its warm and alluring atmosphere, call it the magic in, "The Woods," pulls you in with its intimate size, friendly but minimal staff, and strong yet gorgeously priced cocktails and drink deals. Also, the fact that this place can be easy to miss, the few in the crowd make this place feel like an exclusive backroom speakeasy - making it an experience that's all your own with the place to yourself. Make sure to check this place out. You won't regret it!
1646 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
I could and would forever go on about this place. It is my absolute favorite in Hollywood and quite possibly Los Angeles. In fact, I will do a blog only about Miceli's. Stay tuned! But hey, let's get onto why I love this place so much. Miceli's is actually the most incredible and oldest Italian restaurant in Hollywood where the greats came on a regular basis to grab an incredible meal, a tasty drink, and bask in some homegrown conversation. When I say the greats, I mean the greats. I'm talking Old Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton...THE BEATLES. This is the place to be with the most charm and heart you could ever find in Hollywood. With its traditional Italian Decor, singing waitstaff, and unforgettable playing of the Grand Piano - Miceli's takes you into a whole new world and trust me, it's one that you'll never want to leave.
7038 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Previously known as Happy Endings, the Sycamore Tavern still has the same effect on all those who enter its doors. With friendly bartenders like Vinnie to treat you like a friend and get you your favorite drink, board and card games to play with your friends and family throughout the night, a comedy hall upstairs, fantastic appetizers and entrees that will put the biggest smile on your face, and space and televisions that attend to all of the needs of your favorite sport games and fan groups combined. The Sycamore is a relaxing yet bright atmosphere with a lot of life running through it and plenty of room to make memories with your favorite people. If you're looking to get away from the crowds, this is the place to go.
The Lost Property Bar
1704 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Talk about a hole in the wall. The Lost Property Bar is a small little sanctuary just off of Hollywood and Vine. With it's 1920s club appeal and deep wood and leather decoration, this is the perfect place to unwind and spend time in quiet conversation with your friends or colleagues. If you're just looking for a new place to grab a drink and give yourself room to think, let this be your first choice.
I hope you've enjoyed my ever so very thought out list of my favorite bars in Hollywood! If you're ever in the area, please feel free to reach out so we can grab a drink together, or I can show you around! Either way - Happy Drinking!
Mary Gabrielle Strause