Executive Chef Eric Greenspan—who cut his teeth at restaurants such as Patina and Meson G—instills traditional American cuisine with a modern flair at The Foundry on Melrose, so named for its use of industrial designs to accent its art-deco décor. Featured in publications such as LA Weekly, the constantly evolving menu melds upscale dishes such as shellfish chowder with whimsical renditions of diner classics, including the signature burger stuffed between Hawaiian bread and onion-ring hula skirts. Often echoing with live music, the lavish dining room culls elements from the Machine Age to warm its space with antique light fixtures, sconces crafted from vintage heat registers, and colorful artwork. Outdoors, heat lamps protect diners from obnoxiously loud snowmen, and wicker chairs juxtapose the classic look of candles and white linens.
Inspired by the 1968 cult film, Barbarella Bar is a rockin’ cool neighborhood spot in the heart of Silver Lake. Happy hour is especially popular here, as locals hang out at the long bar or nestle into sexy leather banquettes. The patio offers a livelier scene with an open al fresco lounging atmosphere. On tap there are two dozen local craft brews and imported beer, while large, festive martinis range from pomegranate mint to an elderflower gimlet, and specialty cocktails include a Moscow Mule, Jalapeño Twist and house-made sangria. Patrons can graze on the likes of burrata bruschetta, tuna tartare or short rib tacos. Heartier plates feature miso salmon, pesto penne with artichokes, grass fed Angus burgers, gourmet pizza, and selections of charcuterie and cheese.
A coral tree sprouts from the center of Rockwell Table & Stage's outdoor dining area, illuminated by both an in-ground sidelight and the moonlight pouring through the slats of exposed wooden beams. This atmospheric patio is a fitting arena for the menu's artful plates, such as the goat cheese and truffle ravioli, which chefs bathe in roasted-tomato sauce and pine-nut aioli. Inside, meanwhile, bartenders furnish glasses with signature tonics and glasses of wine as live musicians summon toe taps and head nods from the elevated stage. Plush booths, flickering table candles, and stone walls emanate rustic charm, creating the perfect vibe for a first date or a romantic game of Dungeons and Dragons.
Almost entirely hidden down a long brick alley in Little Tokyo. Far Bar is an unknown gem of a drinkery. Customers can find the hard to locate spot by looking for the neon signs along the façade that read Far East, and Chop Suey, as that’s the building the alley opens up to. With lights strung above, a varied craft beer selection, an amply supplied bar and flavorful fusion food, Far Bar is perfect for unwinding after a hot day. The outside patio is ideal with music wafting throughout the space, twinkle lights above and twinkling stars even higher. Popular food items include their PB&J and Bacon Burger, dry rubbed Ming’s Wings, and Korean short ribs. The area has street parking and a few pay lots within a block.
Hidden away inside one of Hollywood’s swankiest hotels, The Library Bar is an upscale lounge located on The Redbury Hotel’s second floor, featuring book-lined walls, plush leather couches, hardwood floors, an art deco motif and portraits of Hollywood’s stars. This done-up drinking space offers both indoor and outdoor accommodations, as the patio area comes equipped with tables, fire pits and an amazing view of the sky. Drinks at the bar are a bit pricey and the outdoor tables can order bottle service, but there’s no cover charge, the crowd is classy and the music is comfortable and contemporary. And if you dine at the restaurant Cleo downstairs, valet is only $9. Far from an all-night party space, this is the place to head for a casual drink with friends.
At Cities Restaurant, candles top tables surrounded by sleek leather couches.The posh decor echoes the restaurant's upscale menu, which puts an inventive spin on New American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Favorite items include the fry-bread pizza, which comes piled high with burrata, chorizo, and roasted red peppers. Diners can also savor short ribs that have been slow-braised for six hours in a soy reduction. For lunch, the menu features soups and sandwiches. Cities restaurant stays open late on the weekend, and offers an extensive beer and wine selection. On select nights, the space fills with the sound of live bands and DJs.