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Owned by the 1933 Group, Harlowe is steeped in nostalgia, combining the aura of early 20th-century cocktail bars and Hollywood's Golden Age sets. The rich tiled flooring with symmetric patterns, striped upholstery, vintage wooden cabinets and oil portraits is reminiscent of a bygone era. Dushan Zaric, a famous bartender and mixologist from New York, has crafted the cocktail menu, which features both novel and classic blends. Sip the apple brandy-infused West Hollywood, the Scotch-based Poppy Don't Preach or the Feng Shui with Black Tea Boba and hints of honey. Guests are also offered a wide choice of cordials such as Giffard Crème de Peche and Charbay Black Walnut, and sparkling wines like Taltarni Brut Tache. The sheer variety of bar snacks, including Cheese Puffs, Yucca Fries and Market Oysters, are the major attraction of this vintage bar.
Jazz enthusiasts consider Catalina Bar & Grill to be one of the best destinations in town to catch live, mainstream jazz. The room is attractively decorated and the sound system is excellent. Sight lines are generally good, too. The crowd knows to keep their whisperings down and focus on the music. Covers vary and come with a two-drink minimum. Dinner is available, too. Basically, this is a premier spot for premier artists.
Located in the swanky Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Tropicana is an urban oasis surrounded by private bungalows and palm trees. This patio bar lives up to the hype and glitz of the City of Angels. Well-known media personalities brush shoulders with Hollywood A-listers and business heirs here. The bar offers a good selection of cocktails and gourmet light fare, which makes lazing by the pool so tempting! Tropicana is always bustling; so expect crowds even on weekday afternoons.
The interiors of Melrose Umbrella Co. sparkle with a brown and golden radiance, reminiscent of an imposing and luxurious lounge from early 20th Century America or Europe. The building housing this cocktail bar was constructed in 1936 and designer Matt Winter has preserved some of its original elements. Heavy wooden cabinets, wood-decked ceiling and flooring, old oil paintings, tiled columns, printed carpets and flickering candles and chandeliers infuse an old-world charm. Seated on wooden furniture or bar stools, guests can enjoy cocktails concocted from novel recipes as well as a selection of fresh fruit juices.
This lounge is so named because it served as a spare room on the mezzanine floor of Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel before being converted into a glamorous speakeasy. It resembles a Victorian gentleman's club and offers hours of playing, drinking and socializing options for today's trendy patrons. Acting as both a gaming saloon and cocktail lounge, it features a vintage bowling alley with two lanes and several collector's board games from the early 20th Century. Even the waiting staff don vintage apparel in keeping with the theme. The imposing decor will take your breath away, right from the velvet couches and plush wood paneling to the high ceilings and cast iron windows. While away the night competing at Battleship or Monopoly and sip glasses of classic American cocktails from a bygone era.
Confession is a trendy bar that operates in the renowned Pig 'n Whistle restaurant. This hip bar and lounge is open on Monday, Friday and Saturday nights, when the main Pig 'n Whistle eatery closes for the day. At Confession one can expect, an exclusive dining experience with craft cocktails at the bar, and a lounge and dance floor where live DJ's play thumping house music. Confession also features a VIP area that is accessible only by invitation and is known for hosting celebrities. Nibble on delicious finger foods like Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Crispy Potato Nachos. There is also a traditional Catholic confessional that has been transformed into a photo booth, where you can take a selfie and capture your night at Confession.
Although this dive bar is a block away from Mann's famed Chinese Theater, you won't find many tourists. Surprisingly, most of the patrons tend to be Hollywood die hard fans. Those who know order a pitcher of domestic beer - pour some quarters into the jukebox and hear everyone from Charlie Daniels to The Clash to Tom Jones and Peggy Lee. Once they start drinking, some of the regulars might even serenade you with "Delilah".