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Jan 16, 2012 11:16 AM

Late Night Eats & Drinks -- on a Wednesday

This is pretty specific/tricky, so hoping the Chowhounds may have a few good recs...

I have an old friend flying in late next Wednesday (1/25) and need a place to grab a bite around 11:30, give or take. And L.A. doesn't offer too many obvious choices.

Doesn't have to be a sit down restaurant...a bar or lounge with a late night menu would be fine, and maybe even preferable. But here are a few of the particulars:

GEOGRAPHY -- Should ideally be in Mid-City or West Hollywood area, though Culver City is an option on the way back from LAX. Would go as far west as Robertson, but not much west-er. And could go east into Hollywood or Koreatown, but probably not so far as Los Feliz or beyond.

FOOD -- good would be good, but at that hour on a Wednesday I'm not being picky. Bar menu is fine. As long as the kitchen is open to MIDNIGHT OR LATER, as we may end up walking in right around then.

DRINKS -- to make matters trickier...I'd like to be able to hang and drink until 1 or 2, so a restaurant that serves until midnight but then shuts down is not ideal. Unless there happens to be a bar or lounge within a stone's throw that we could migrate to after.

ATMOSPHERE -- another tough one, as I'd like enough of it to show my friend a good time, but not SO loud that we can't talk and catch up. So not interested in anything approaching a velvet rope CLUB vibe. But I don't want an empty room either.

Thanks for any and all ideas. And why doesn't L.A. have more good late night options?

(P.S. I realize Downtown would offer more choices, but too far to travel with my timing.)

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  1. You might want to look at this new place (Freddy's Smalls Bar & Kitchen) that I posted about this morning (with the understanding that I have not been there personally):

    1. Not far from LAX Gjelina in Venice serves till midnight nightly. Great Food. Beer and wine only.

      1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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      1. re: wienermobile

        irrc, gjelina offers only their abbreviated charcuterie and pizza menu for late-night dining.
        agree that their food is wonderful, but i've not found it to be a comfortable place to be for catching up with friends.
        once i walked in at 9:30 on a tuesday night wanting a single seat at any of the communal tables and was told that the wait was one hour. there are no chairs to sit on while waiting.

        also, it is located substantially west of robertson.

        1. re: westsidegal

          Ok. Park's BBQ in Koreatown serves late (I believe till 11:30pm and 1:30 on weekends) Great Food.

          Park's BBQ
          955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

            1. re: westsidegal

              from Park's BBQ web site: Hours of Operation
              Mon - Sun: 11:00AM - 1:00AM

      2. The bar menu at Waterloo & City might work.

        Waterloo and City
        12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

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        1. re: New Trial

          was not impressed with their food.
          also, it is located substantially west of robertson.

        2. Looks like Red Medicine is open until 2 a.m.

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          1. re: Juji

            Red Medicine looks like an interesting option. I've been a couple times for dinner, and really enjoyed. I wonder if they're actually doing any business that late...over on that lonely stretch of Wilshire?

          2. Canter's or The Abbey, both offer great people watching, good food and drinks and are open late.