Bar Crawl: West Hollywood
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To say “it takes all kinds” about West Hollywood is an understatement. The nightlife vibe is all over the place — from the bikers and rockers on Sunset Boulevard, to the all boy’s club along Santa Monica Boulevard, to the Hollywood wannabes, soon-to-bes, and once-weres everywhere in between. Start this crawl feeling posh at Comme Ça and end with at one of the oldest Irish Pubs in Los Angeles, Tom Bergin’s.
For Garden-to-Glass Drinks
Where: Comme Ça, 8479 Melrose Avenue, (323) 782 - 1104
This romantic French brasserie from David Meyers is known for crafting uniquely delicious cocktails enhanced with the freshest ingredients. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask for the Cocktail du Jour (most often it’s been inspired by produce available at the farmers' market that day!).
For Celeb Spotting
Where: Roger Room, 370 North La Cienega Boulevard, (310) 854 - 1300
Branding itself as La Cienega Boulevard’s first speakeasy, the Roger Room serves up strong beverages laced with homemade bitters and freshly squeezed juices. It’s tough not to get wrapped up in the details — from the circus-themed wall art to the tiny plastic monkeys that hang off the rims of the the cocktail glasses.
For Sports Bar Enthusiasts
Where: Goal, 8334 West 3rd Street, (323) 555 - 1212
This sleek bar with a strong pedigree (from the people behind BoHo, Kitchen 24, and Villa) may serve dressed-up sports bar fare but there are still enough flat-screens to make sure you act like an undignified screaming fan.
For Drinks Featuring Molecular Mixology
Where: Bar Centro at The Bazaar, 465 South La Cienega Boulevard, (310) 246 - 5555
Put simply, if you're a dirty martini drinker, the “New Way” Dirty Martini at Bar Centro has to be a checklist item. The spherified olive sinks to the bottom of the glass — a concentration of flavor and brine that's noticeably absent from the gin.
For Irish Pub Spirits and Fare
Where: Tom Bergin's, 840 South Fairfax Avenue, (323) 936 - 7151
Tom Bergin opened this notable Irish pub in 1936 (making it one of the oldest bars in Los Angeles). Enjoy a pint or two of perfectly poured Guinness or sip on a cup of Irish Coffee — it’s their signature drink.