Neighborhoods value their bars as a place to socialize, just as they value the ends of their rainbows as a place to find extra parking-meter change. Enjoy camaraderie at close proximity with today's Groupon to The Well in Hollywood. Choose between the following options:
- For $16, you get two small plates (up to an $8 value each) and two drinks (up to a $10 value each, for a total value of up to $36).
- For $100, you get 12 small plates (up to an $8 value each), 12 drinks (up to a $10 value each), and a reservation in the Semi-Private Keyhole Room (up to a $216 total value).
Amid the white maple- and mahogany-accented interior of The Well, chef Oliver Escalante pairs a menu of classic American morsels with a lavish lineup of beer, wine, and innovative cocktails. Sidle up to the island bar to let sweet chili and tartar sauces vie for the affections of fried rock shrimp ($8), or partake of the salty-savory collaboration of bacon-wrapped smokies with barbecue mustard ($5) singing backup and silently plotting a solo career. Street-style tacos, a pair of which can take the place of one small plate, ensconce barbecue beef short ribs or meat-free soy chorizo with a sprinkling of chopped cilantro, green onions, and mexican cheese ($3 each) for a zesty complement to a creative cocktail, or Delirium Tremens Belgium blonde ale ($8). The brown-sugar old fashioned puts an original twist on a traditional favorite, much like printing the Constitution on leopard-print poster board, by adding the dark decadence of brown sugar to muddled orange, cherry, bitters, and soda ($10), and subtle flavors of cucumber vodka and ginger mingle in the Cucumber Press ($10).
In a partially enclosed corner enclave framed by keyhole-shaped doorways, the Keyhole Room hosts birthdays, anniversaries, and nearsighted locksmith conventions with reserved tables granting glimpses of the bustling lounge beyond. Groups of 12 can sate themselves by the well-stocked jukebox, which pulses with rock 'n' roll and indie tunes, and the lounge's central Hollywood spot allows for a smorgasbord of evening events before or after dining.
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 Rumba Punch, Brown Sugar Old Fashioned, and Cucumber Press—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, ahi tuna tacos, and flatbreads with gourmet additions such as sweet-corn batter, fire-roasted salsas, and goat cheese. 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.