Soak up the solid surroundings before perusing the equally solid menu. Start the feastivities with three mini sirloin sliders ($8), house-cut garlic and parsley fries ($5 for small), and a fighting pint of Stone Brewing Co.'s Arrogant Bastard ($5). Those with an itching appetite can dive straight into larger bites. Equip yourself with a house sirloin burger ($11) or order of chicken and biscuits ($16).
The décor inside The Woods – located just off of La Brea Avenue in Hollywood – is reminiscent of a 1920’s speakeasy. Although there is a large sign that illuminates at night, the outside is still somewhat obscure, as the stone and wood-patterned design completely conceals what’s inside. Once you step in, the dimly-lit interior reveals a bar and leather stools that line the left side, with leather booths that run along the right. Each furniture piece, including the tables made out petrified tree stumps, gives off a mysterious and woodsy vibe that’s only matched by the young, flannel-wearing clientele. Part dive bar, part low-key after-work hangout for locals, The Woods is a nice spot for a relatively cheap drink, which can be hard to come by in Hollywood.
Lola’s bartenders are happy to whip together any one of their more than 50 different martinis, but they smile a bit bigger when they’re asked to make the concoction they invented: the apple martini. Their pride has caught the attention of various press outlets—including LA Weekly and Vogue— and spills over onto the menu, where martini-pairing suggestions accompany each plate of pasta, seafood, and signature mac ‘n’ cheese. Once encore chants finally subside, eaters can settle on the kitchen’s cocoa-centric desserts, such as flourless chocolate cake and chocolate bread pudding.
Located on Sunset Boulevard, The Den is outfitted with a peaked roof, fireplace, and other cozy touches furthering its lodge aesthetic. The warm interior resembles a transplanted Aspen abode complete with a laid-back attitude. Lay your skis and ski-goggle tan lines at the door and warm up with a selection from the menu's preamble such as bacon-wrapped blue cheese–stuffed dates ($8) or angry mac, which is punched and ornery with chorizo, chipotle, and pepper jack ($8). Visit a green scene with a market tossed salad of pomegranate, butternut squash, goat cheese, and candied walnuts ($11), or spring for the fan-favorite TV dinner with boneless crispy chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, and a slab o' brownie ($13).
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