West Hollywood Bars & Nightlife
7953 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
In the continued migration west of all things New York comes the LA outpost of a beloved West Village cocktail bar. It's the perfect spot for a group and an ideal way to kick off a night of cocktail hopping. Cofounder Dushan Zaric has transformed a former BBQ restaurant into a space straight out of a Baz Luhrmann movie, with Art Deco touches, mahogany paneling, and textured wallpaper. Fans of the original will notice the neon “Psychic” sign in the window, and indeed, there are three psychics in residence each night, available for fifteen-minute readings. But really you come for the cocktails: There are the classics for which EO is best known, plus newbies like the Hope Monkey (Kaffir-lime-infused Gin Mare and absinthe bitters). Many of the new cocktails showcase locally sourced chamomile and sage syrup, and CBD oils in addition to fresh citrus juices. There’s also a full dinner menu, but the bar snacks are probably your best bet—bone marrow poppers, oysters, and fries are a good way to go.
7511 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
As the guys behind local staples like the Pikey and Jones, it’s clear that Jared Meisler and Sean McPherson know exactly what this particular slice of West Hollywood wants. In this case, it’s another dinner-into-late-night-drinks option that’s not, say, Gracias Madre. There’s a subtle French bistro undercurrent, but instead of sidewalk seating, there’s a back patio and the addition of a fireplace. The menu is reliable, which is what you want from the kind of neighborhood spot you might order from multiple times a week, with the usual crowd favorites like moules marinières, steak frites, and a simple but good tagliatelle. Photos: Rob Stark.
945 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
This open-air spot on Fairfax is really everything you could want in an LA drinking destination: gorgeous outdoor patio (complete with lush vegetation and twinkle lights), sleek decor, and excellent cocktails. While sophisticated, Mediterranean-inflected menu earns it a spot on our go-to dinner list if we're in the neighborhood, it's really best suited to a dressed up cocktail night with girlfriends.
692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
This place is buzzing on summer evenings, as they have a great outdoor space, good cocktails, bar snacks (and a larger menu if you're hungry, as the food's actually really good), and weekday happy hour. At night the music gets a bit louder, the lights a bit dimmer and the crowd a lot more male, as it's the quintessential club for this part of town. It's a consistently fun scene.
7702 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Look for the red neon nights on the outside of this red-heavy Russian vodka bar. Excellent cocktails are served at tables in the front, while dancing happens in the back.
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