Located on Hollywood’s Cahuenga Boulevard, right next to The Outpost and a couple doors down from Kitchen 24, The Room is a small and exceedingly dark lounge that’s perfect for drinking and dancing with friends. With a bass-y mix of R&B and old-school hip hop coming from the speakers, plus a small VIP section for select patrons interested in the couches and bottle service, The Room is less crowded than some of the nearby megaclubs, but doesn’t lack much for ambiance. Plus, the drinks aren’t bad, thanks to a wide bar that offers top shelf selections. A Perfect Manhattan features rye whiskey, dry white vermouth, carpano punt e mes, orange and angostura bitters and lemon oil, while the Derby comes with bourbon whiskey, orange curacao, fresh lime juice and sweet vermouth. Drinks are even reasonably priced, to match the cheap $5 cover.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We offer awesome wines in an elegant, yet relaxed setting; perfect for first dates, happy-hour wine tasting, or just catching up with friends.
Of the products you sell, which are your favorites? You can't beat our wines! We also offer cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as chocolate.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? We obviously have a lot of passion for wine. Showing people our different wines from the major grape-producing regions of California is very rewarding for us. We like to have a glass of wine and chat, so why not make that our career?
What do you love most about your job? We love meeting new people and teaching people about wine. Hearing the stories that people tell make no two days the same. Making people happy with good wine is also very rewarding.
At Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room, visitors sip vampire-themed pours such as the Chateau de Vampire Rouseanne and Dracula Syrah from the bar's namesake winery, Vampire Vineyards. Its moniker originated from its ties to Transylvania back in the '90s, but even now that its a purely Napa Valley operation, the name still fits. The Vampire Lounge menu also features imported sparkling wines from Je T'aime, as well as bittersweet chocolates, Vampire espresso, and fine teas.
It’s not easy to find a campsite within the city proper, but Bigfoot West is not so different from the Great Outdoors. An incongruous log cabin that sticks out from its neighbors on Venice Boulevard, the bar is filled with mounted antlers and relics from America’s national parks. Guests can even warm up by the crackling fire and tell spooky stories over s’mores—the key difference being that these s’mores come in a liquid, alcohol-infused form. This signature drink is the creation of mixologist Jared Mort, who ingeniously blends vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, and Irish cream before topping it all off with a flaming marshmallow. Mort’s other cocktails generally revolve around the bar’s more than 100 whiskies and 60 varieties of small-batch bourbon. Aside from s’mores, his drinks have been known to mimic the flavors of cherry cobbler and freshly picked blackberries. To create these fanciful cocktails, he uses juices squeezed in-house and ingredients carefully procured from local farmers’ markets and bear dens.
Punctuating the elegant ivory of the dining room's tablecloths and padded booths is a bright-red curtain. This drapery lines the stage where musicians at H.O.M.E. weave elaborate jazz melodies every single day. The live music mingles with aromas of dinners and Sunday brunches strewn with upscale ingredients such as truffles, organic veggies, slow-braised rabbit, and maine lobster. A wide variety of bands, solo artists, and bionic human-phonograph hybrids cycle across the stage at H.O.M.E., but the kitchen is always piloted by Executive Chef Shawn Davis, whose colorful creations feature nests of violet-streaked green sprouts, drizzles of vibrant sauces, beds of luminous gold caviar, and thin fillets of strawberry.
If you’re not sure how to categorize Blind Barber—(Is it a barbershop? Cocktail lounge? Restaurant?)—just call it a men’s clubhouse. That description's just dandy with Adam Kirsch, who sat down with his partners Jeff Laub and Josh Boyd for a May 2012 LA Times interview. "We wanted to create a spot where we could just hang out any time of day," said Kirsch, "whether you’re partying, relaxing, getting your hair cut, or on your computer just doing work." And so they have. The concept was inspired by the Roaring Twenties, when going for a haircut meant socializing, discussing women, dealing cards, and playing Six Degrees of Jay Gatsby. Every cut, trim, and shave in the shop comes with a complimentary beverage and good conversation. With four barber stations arranged in an airy storefront space, and a bar in the back kicking out seasonal and specialty cocktails, beers, and sliders, Blind Barber has revived the art of looking dapper and the sanctity of feeling like you belong.