Reviews Of The Blue Palms Brew House, Next Door Lounge, Parker Room & Tramp Stamp Granny’s
Hollywood is home to a host high profile of bars, including famous all-timers like Frolic Room, Sassafras, and The Spare Room.
Then there are the younger ones, or those built in the 21st century, that have already made quite an impression on the LA social scene. These new-age bars have carved a niche all of their own, making them icons in the Hollywood bar scene in their own right.
That being said, here are four of the most iconic 21st century bars in Hollywood today.
Blue Palms Brew House
The mecca for LA beer geeks according to Thrillist, Blue Palms Brew House is an alehouse that offers draft beer, cask ales, and unique bottle beers that are of the global variety and of the highest quality. The staff knows all about the brews and are more than willing to share with their patrons their encyclopedic knowledge of beer. Located near historic Henry Fonda Theater, this bar also provides authentic glassware for most of its brew.
Next Door Lounge
Next Door Lounge fashions itself as an old-school Hollywood speakeasy complete with an always-changing password. Entering the bar is easy despite the password requirement, and the overall atmosphere is casual and laid-back. The drinks are fantastic, and there are even weekday Happy Hours that tick all the boxes in our ‘Top 5 Criteria for Making a Great Happy Hour’. Oh, and they host a murder mystery dinner every once in awhile. You should probably get involved.
The Parker Room
Located right at the spot where the former Billy Berg’s stood, this small bar on Vine harkens back to the jazz roots of its predecessor. It doesn’t have the same pedigree just yet — after all, the legendary Charlie Parker performed his first West Coast show in Billy Berg’s — but it does offer excellent cocktails and live music notes The Infatuation. It has the same easygoing vibe of a speakeasy, especially on weekdays, but can get quite vibrant on weekends. All in all, The Parker Room is one of the best bars in Hollywood to grab a nighttime drink.
Tramp Stamp Granny’s
The former art deco cocktail bar Grandpa Johnson’s closed shop in 2014, and the piano bar Tramp Stamp Granny’s fittingly took its place. It gets everything right, from 1920s art deco interior to its exceptional cocktails, and down to its casual vibe. The centerpiece, however, is a piano where bar-goers gather nightly to play live music. The performers are all sorts of good, too, and able to sing everything from the upbeat hits of Mary J. Blige to the disco tracks of ABBA much to the delight of the bar’s patrons.
The wildly talented pianists-slash-singers can even perform the saddest of songs. The Tramp Stamp Granny’s harkens back the classic movie bars that have featured in Hollywood’s long history. With is art deco interior and piano at the center, one bar in particular comes to mind: Rick’s Café Américain from Casablanca. There are very few film bars that are as recognizable or iconic. PartyPoker in their article on the top fictional bars from film to play poker in state, “Rick Blaine’s nightclub somehow combines the best of both seedy and classy casinos.” The real life Tramp Stamp Granny’s is not seedy, but it is just as cool and one of the few imitators that captures the same atmosphere as the classic film. And the chances of anyone encountering a brooding owner — like Rick Blaine of Casablanca fame — is absolutely nil.
There are, of course, other cool 21st century bars in Hollywood that are worth checking out apart from the 4 we have listed here. And as you check out each of these fantastic places, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in PubClub.com’s #thenightlifechat Twitter chat.
You may even recommend bars which you believe should be included in this list.