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Jul 3, 2007 02:02 PM

bar/restaurant in hollywood

Hey everyone, I'd like a good dark place to grab drinks and maybe a little food tonight. I prefer places that aren't insanely trendy (I hate bumping into paparazzi when I'm trying to get in the door...). Places with dim lighting, cozy seating or booths are definitely preferred. Anywhere in Hollywood or West Hollywood would be good...

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  1. Table 8, Lou, Red Pearl Kitchen -- I know reviews are mixed on Red Pearl, but I actually had a very good experience there and quite enjoyed the food.

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    1. re: Obessed

      I just looked up Lou, it looks really interesting. They said they don't take reservations though, do you happen to know if it gets packed?

      1. re: hyacinthgirl

        It gets pretty crowded on weekends but will probably be half empty on a Tuesday before a holiday. It's not very dark and maybe not all that cozy, but it's a very cool place if you're into wine and tasty food to go with it. The menu is small and well-edited, it's not really the place to go if you're a huge eater. It tends to draw kind of a quiet, intellectual, Stereolab-listening crowd between 35-55, it's not really a "girls out on the town" kind of place.

        1. re: Chowpatty

          Yeah, I can't decide if tonight will be quiet everywhere or packed everywhere because of the holiday...
          Loved your description! I'm now thinking this might be more what I'm looking for that what I Thought I was looking for... I'm trying to encourage an almost 30 something boy to sit down and be quiet and intellectual, so...

    2. My WeHo favorite is OBar on Santa Monica. Great drinks and food, cozy booths, and an all around good time. Save room for dessert.

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      1. re: CynD

        I have to disagree with CynD's opinion of the food at OBar. Yes, there are cozy booths and plenty of drink varieties (although whenever I try to order a milk chocolate martini, the bartender ALWAYS informes me that they "just ran out of mix"). But I'd never eat any item of food there that wasn't a dessert.

        1. re: PlatypusJ

          I'm surprised to hear that. I've always had good, solid food there. I'll go back and give it another try soon, and report back.

          1. re: CynD

            Thanks CynD. I decided a while ago to give up on OBar, but I'll definitely reconsider based on your report!

      2. I like 25 degrees in the Roosevelt Hotel. VERY cozy booths, excellent burgers and milkshakes, and they have a nice wine list. I believe they're also open 24 hours?

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        1. re: kimberlya

          Thanks, that's a great suggestion and one of my go-to's for an easy dinner and drink in a pinch actually. But for tonight I'm looking for some place where we can get some lighter bites (there was a lot of cheese during lunch... oops).

          1. re: hyacinthgirl

            I'm not a pro with the lighter bites in LA =/ When I'm not really hungry I go to Pinkberry, which tells you what kind of eater I am. haha

            1. re: kimberlya

              Yep... pretty much the same kind of eater I am. Which is why I'm forced to ask for help on the lighter side. I actually did think about just taking him for Pinkberry and then drinking and skipping anything solid altogether. ha

              1. re: hyacinthgirl

                Why not?! There's nothing wrong with fruity pebbles and fro-yo for dinner...

                PLUS, there's that Pinkberry over in Wilshire that's like 2 doors down from Kiku Sushi....quite possibly my favorite sushi place ever

                  1. re: kimberlya

                    Absolutely, sushi counts! I'm not all that much of a connoisseur in that area though. I have one friend who will only go to Mori Sushi- I've never been.

                    1. re: hyacinthgirl

                      I haven't either, but I tend to be really picky about it (and refuse to go most places). Tuna and salmon are usually a safe bet if you're ever feeling like going out on a limb and end up going...they don't taste like raw fish when they're in a roll =)

            1. The Bowery might suit your needs - they have amazing sweet potato fries, by the way.