Dreamed up by the masterminds of Vintage Bar Group, The Well pours gourmet cocktails alongside refined pub morsels in a sultry lounge atmosphere. Behind a center island bar that swirls around an aquarium of tumbling martini glasses, barkeepers shake signature cocktails—such as the Hot & Dirty martini with olive juice and hot sauce and the Rumba Punch—and pour beer and wine such as Delirium Tremens and Buena Vista pinot noir. A vast menu of appetizers and small plates elevate simple bar dishes of onion rings, taquitos, and flatbreads with gourmet additions such as sweet-corn batter, fire-roasted salsas, and goat cheese. Co-designed by premier bar stylist Fred Sutherland, the white maple and mahogany-flanked hideaway leads to a majestic keyhole-shaped doorway, revealing a semiprivate lounge perfectly suited for special events or visits from Lewis Carroll. Whether seated on the lounge's overstuffed ottomans or perched on a leather banquette on the main floor, guests can sing along with tunes on the house jukebox, which was lauded as one of the best in Los Angeles by CBS Los Angeles.
The poultry patrons at Big Wangs give smashmouth sports fans their fill of multiple HD screens, affordable drinks, and gigantic, tasty wings at a lively East Coast–style bar atmosphere. Browse the menu to find an array of tangy sauces, from garlic buffalo to chipotle barbecue, to deck out the plump drumettes ($6.49–$18.75). Pair a frothy 34-ounce brew, such as Sierra Nevada ($9.50), with the tasty tater tots ($3.50) to lovingly douse the championship coach within your stomach. Diners can also dig their digits into savory handhelds such as the blackened ahi sandwich ($12.49) or Big Wangs burger ($9.99).
Selections from the traditional Tao Yang charcoal grill will tickle any tongue like a mouthful of bouncing gummy bears. Feast upon skewers of tender filet mignon ($5.75), meatballs with tendon ($3.75), or pork loin ($3.75) dipped into a sauce of sweet tamarind or spicy chili lime. Or enjoy a skewed meal vegged out with garden-inspired asparagus and shiitake ($4.50), eggplant ($3.50), or zucchini ($3.50). For stick-less satiations, the restaurant offers small plates such as grilled calamari ($8), fish cakes ($6.50), and deep-fried, marinated baby-back ribs ($6.75). Salads and soups are available to appease demure diners.
Located just off Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood, District 13 is a punk-rock gastropub designed to throw old Hollywood glamour off its axis. Inventive burgers and exotic sausages make up the bulk of the graffiti-splashed menu. Pheasant, rabbit, wild boar, and even alligator sausages sizzle at lunch and dinner alongside lamb, buffalo, and salmon burgers. The restaurant also offers three vegan sausages, which pair with 22 California craft beers on draft or one of the 50 international bottles hiding behind the bar.
Huston's Texas Pit Bar-B-Cue’s cooks slow-roast meats over real wood, continuing barbecue traditions that date from the restaurant’s opening in 1944. Diners lounge at small wooden tables near large windows, chewing through barbecue sandwiches full of sliced beef, pulled pork, chopped chicken, or other barbecued specialties from an extensive menu. Sliced or chopped meats can also be purchased by the pound, then hauled home to feed a ravenous crowd of dinner guests or flock of waist-high baby birds.