The Hudson

Bar / Gastropub / Restaurant
The Hudson Unassuming one-story buildings in West Hollywood are about as remarkable as statuesque blondes, but what The Hudson lacks in flash on the outside, it more than makes up for with substance and style on the inside. Los Angeles United States 34.091205 -118.365681
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The Hudson - Bar | Gastropub | Restaurant in Los Angeles.
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Party Earth Review Unassuming one-story buildings in West Hollywood are about as remarkable as statuesque blondes, but what The Hudson lacks in flash on the outside, it more than makes up for with substance and style on the inside... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 4pm–2am, Sa–Su 9:30am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Hudson Review

The Scene

Unassuming one-story buildings in West Hollywood are about as remarkable as statuesque blondes, but what The Hudson lacks in flash on the outside, it more than makes up for with substance and style on the inside.

Unassuming one-story buildings in West Hollywood are about as remarkable as statuesque blondes, but what The Hudson lacks in flash on the outside, it more than makes up for with substance and style on the inside.

A semi-enclosed dining room allows smartly dressed WeHo guests to take advantage of a refreshing, breezy atmosphere as they settle into leather benches beneath the branches of trees sprouting through the hardwood floor.

By day, a skylight casts a warm glow over the playful hipsters who gather to munch on grilled asparagus and sip European drafts before matching hand steadiness over a sun-dappled game of Jenga, while dusk and daily $3 Happy Hour drafts bring an increasingly dapper, gay-friendly crowd of creative after-work locals and fetching party girls.

Although the venue draws serious throngs for dinner every night, the bar truly hits its stride closer to the witching hour, when neighborhood denizens and birthday revelers descend en masse to toss back a few Old Fashioneds, snap some silly pictures in the photo booth, and laze on plush Chesterfields just far enough away from the bustle of Crescent Heights and Santa Monica boulevards.

And for those who indulge a bit too much later in the week, the restaurant offers redemption in the form of weekend brunch, with bottomless mimosas and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.

While the scene at The Hudson heats up every single night, the constant breeze and hip clientele ensures the bar always stays cool.

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Tip from Emma:

The tall tables to the right of the entrance afford the best and breeziest views of the lively street scene. Be sure to call ahead, though, because regulars often reserve these coveted spots before The Hudson even opens.

  • Crowd

    Stylish West Hollywood folks, relaxed hipsters, and after-work creative types, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Chill rock played at a conversation-friendly volume. DJs spin range of house and electronic to Top 40 and hip-hop Thursdays through Sundays. Jukebox. Photo booth. Jenga.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Fresh gastropub takes on bar standards like burgers, hand-cut fries, fish tacos, and southern fried chicken sliders. Weekend brunch features bottomless mimosas and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Happy Hour daily 4–7pm. Late-night Happy Hour M–Su 10pm–2am.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $6–$16, appetizers $7–$13, entrées $6–$18. Beer $3–$6 or $13–$18/pitcher, wine $8–$12/glass or $32–$60/bottle, cocktails $11–$15. Valet $6–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual: T-shirts, jeans, designer casual, after-work attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for a solid crowd of dressed-to-impress pre-clubbers, and Sundays and Mondays for the late-night Happy Hour, mellower vibe, and a clientele just as beautiful and successful.

  • Close By

    It’s tough to find a better combination of kick-ass burgers and kindly patrons than at Hamburger Mary’s (8288 Santa Monica Boulevard), just three blocks west of The Hudson.

The Hudson User Reviews

Average rating:
Chill WeHo Spot
Kyle N. Apr 28, 2013
LA can be a very trendy/sceney place but the hudson has a real homey vibe. There's a very mixed crowd here and I've found myself engaged in some great conversation with many different LA characters. Their food is awesome, they have a great sandwiches and I love any place that serves water in mason jars. I think anyone would feel welcome and comforatble here. The menu is very fair priced and they have a great friendly, engaging staff. It's a great place if you want to still go out to a bar but also have some great food without the intention of having an all night dance-club rager like a lot of other places in WeHo.
Happening Spot to Change Your Mind About WeHo
Greg N. Feb 21, 2013
In a neighborhood that makes its name on flashy boutiques and upscale celebrity hangouts, the inconspicuous Hudson could easily get lost in the shuffle. Indeed, transplanted east-coasters might mistake this modest single story at the corner of Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Boulevard for a highway diner. But inside is a bustling gastropub that offers signature cocktails, new American cuisine and a hip, comfortable atmosphere. Go in towards the end of their (excellent) 4-7 PM Happy Hour, and you can take a left or a right. To the right is a bar/lounge with a wide selection of top shelf liquors, and high tables at which to park your party. Here you’re likely to catch Hollywood execs winding down their day or a younger crowd just starting their night. To the left is a dining area furnished in leather and polished wood, where couples on dinner dates are met by a friendly staff eager to share their expertise on house drinks like the Huddy (a refreshing mix of gin, lime, basil, cucumber, and fine sugar) or recommend an entrée like the Brioche Grilled Cheese (let’s say it’s a little better than Wonderbread and Kraft American Singles). Either direction will make you want to stay a while – the drink, the grub, and the ambiance are good enough to make you cancel your plans for the rest of the night. For anyone who finds WeHo to be dripping with pretension, stop by the Hudson and prove yourself wrong.
Adam and Eve
Olivia C. Dec 3, 2012
Might as well as call yourself Adam and Eve in this Earthy garden. The place has one of the coolest interiors I have ever been. Relaxing on the leather benches surrounded by nature is truly relaxing and angelic. The food is not to die for but the drinks are a different story. The Bloody Mary I tried was incredible. I may be tooting my own horn because it was a “build your own” but hey. Make sure to get there a but early if you are looking to avoid large crowds. This place always gets busy around seven o’clock every night.
LOVE THE FOOD
Brittney B. Dec 3, 2012
I came here for dinner with a friend and enjoyed the $3 wine/beer for Happy Hour. I ordered the Hudson Burger, medium and with sweet potato fries; the burger came out cooked to PERFECTION- kudos to the burger chef on Tuesday, you are officially top four in my book!! My friend had the fish tacos, fried. We shared the short-rib tacos and these little babies are a MUST TRY, trust me, try them. We vowed to be fat-asses for the night with each other, we were actually due to a kickboxing class- what a fun mistake that was, so we ordered dessert to finish up. I had the bread pudding- delicious, rich, and textured, only complaint was that it could have been warmer. Friend had the lava cake- she loved it, so rich she couldn't finish it; it was very good, I tasted
Hipster spot
Nisha S. Dec 3, 2012
The Hudson was my go-to spot the summer of 2011. I still enjoy going here on occasion, and it never gets old. Get here before 11 to avoid long lines, especially on a Friday night! The Hudson is a fairly small venue. It’s super unique and has a hip, rustic vibe to it. The most noticeable feature of The Hudson is that it has tree trunks going through the floors of the bar. I suggest going to the Hudson for dinner and staying for drinks as the venue gets crowded and busy. That way you avoid waiting in a long line. The restaurant a couple different kinds of delicious burgers and a short rib grilled cheese that is awesome! The dinner tables with booth seating stay available once the kitchen closes, making the venue a nice place to meet up with friends for a more relaxed night of drinking. My favorite specialty cocktail that they make is the Hudson Mojito, though M80 with jalapeno tequila takes a close second. The DJ at the Hudson plays cool mashups and original stuff that you won’t find by searching with the shazaam app on your iPhone. Parking at the Hudson is kind of annoying. I usually park at the lot next door, which is easier than trying to find street parking. But, it’ll cost you $8. Another thing I don’t love about the Hudson is the tiny bathroom. Every time I go to the Hudson, I can’t resist hopping into the photobooth and taking a round of pictures with friends. The photos are a fun souvenir and a great reminder of a good night.
Brunch is to die for
Georgina S. Dec 2, 2012
I love the Hudson. It's my picky, gay best friend''s favorite brunch spot; and that says A LOT! He judges brunches very harshly because it is a weekly pleasure that we love to indulge in. The Hudson by far tops the list. How can you go wrong with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys? Needless to say, we've gotten pretty drunk here on a few Sundays, because when they say the mimosas are bottomless....they aren't kidding. Which I adore! I like to dress cute when I go here, because the crowd is pretty stylish and trendy. But I'm normally pretty hungover so sometimes that's a bit of a struggle, but hey...so is everyone else. As a seafood lover, I must recommend the crab Benedict. I've also had the breakfast burrito which was fabulous
Great brunch
Kt K. Nov 26, 2012
The Hudson brunch is great for a hangover. The bottomless mimosas are delicious, and the crab eggs Benedict is exceptional. I love the dark hard wood interior and bright natural light. It can be a mixed scene at brunch, from preppy college kids to club rats dressed like it's still Saturday night. There are usually a few football games on the TVs, but you can't see them from every table. The strange seating arrangements and spotty service are my only complaints.
Good food, good drink, but packed.
Stacy F. Oct 5, 2012
Great little gastro pub in West Hollywood. The food’s great – a fairly modern twist on typical bar food and nothing over $20! They’ve got fried chicken sliders, mac & cheese, brioche grilled cheese, fish tacos, and moules frites to name a few. The bar has about 8 beers on tap and is jam packed with bottled micro brews. They’ve got specialty cocktails for the fancy people. They’re open until 2am every day and even offer a brunch menu on the weekends (bottomless mimosas AND a bloody mary bar!). During the day, the vibe is pretty chill and relaxing (unless there’s a game on). At night it tends to have more of a party scene and can get packed pretty early. It’s a fun night out and great food and drinks to boot.
Brian S
Brian S. Oct 4, 2012
Great place for a Sunday afternoon! Within walking distance from where I live & all my friends love to hang out here! Unlike anything in the area. A real bright spot in the West Hollywood area!!! (Also, you'll occasionally see the low-profile A-list celeb.)
Decent place, Great crowd
Sandy S. Oct 4, 2012
The Hudson is one of those quintessential Los Angeles bars where you sometimes just don't get what all the hype is about. The place has an interesting look with a tree growing right through the middle of the bar that looks like a house and is located at an excellent location. It does tend to get a lot more crowded over Fridays and Saturdays where in many occasions I have seen a huge line to enter this place. Don't expect the drinks to be cheap and you might want to teach yourself yoga in order to have a flexible body to weave through the crowd and reach the bartender. Finding a table for yourself might be a tough proposition so its always a good idea to call ahead and reserve. As far as I remember they have a pretty limited menu and for a vegetarian like me there are not many options available but the skinny fries were pretty good. All in all there is nothing fascinating about the place except that you have a decent crowd rolling in for some visual appeal, however, I do want to come in here for Sunday Brunch as I remember making a mental note about the bottomless mimosas and Sunday menu on offer.
Where everybody knows your name in Weho
Sherin N. Oct 2, 2012
The Hudson is by far the most visited bar by weho locals. In fact, if you are a local and headed to the Hudson, be prepared to see at least 10 people you know. This is probably because of it's great location right in the heart of West Hollywood, or because of it's amazing Happy Hour specials, or because it's actually a really great design complete with drinks served in mason jars and tables and benches built around large trees growing in the middle of the place...but most likely it's all of the above. Great crowd that likes to have a lot of fun. LOTS of singles, and the waiters and waitresses tend to be working models / actors (the usual in LA) so there's plenty of eyecandy too. Casual in the day, but girls can dress it up a little at nights too. And the food ain't bad either, definitely a great spot for brunch or to snack and have a couple drinks before hitting the town.
The Hudson
Jordan B. Sep 28, 2012
If you're looking for a vibrant bar with a good happy hour, the Hudson is the place for you. Located in the heart of West Hollywood, the Hudson draws a diverse type of crowd from the hipsters to the Hollywooders looking for a more low key night. This bar located just across the street from Laurel Hardware, doesn't give you a headache if you're looking to avoid the longer lines in the Hollywood area. The food is great and the decor inside is very pleasant with a little bit of a train or Alice in Wonderland type of vibe. Great bloody Mary's on the weekends.
Cool spot until the sun goes down...
Ben M. Sep 13, 2012
I really like Hudson and I don't want this review to reflect anything negatively upon their drinks food or service. I'll start with the Happy Hour which is by far one of the best in Weho. Great food and prices on great beer, wine and drinks that can't be beat. Short rib tacos, mac and cheese and fried chicken sliders will make you very happy. That said, after happy hour the "brah/bro/braz" crowd comes in and the bar transitions to something of a, for lack of a better term, douche-haven meat market. It becomes way to crowded, loud, and as an earlier reviewer pointed out, all but impossible to get service. If I had to give a heads up for this place, great for happy hour (4-7) but after you might want to cruise somewhere a little less "brah" like The Surly Goat (their happy hour goes until 8p, you win) or Laurel Hardware.
Cool spot - tough to get drinks
Paul F. Sep 11, 2012
Hudson is rad. Great location on SM Blvd and Crescent Heights. Good large space. Lots of places to sit or stand and mingle. Cool brunch crowd and cooler weekend crowd. Lots of singles, cute girls, etc. But their bar. It's too small. The wait to get a drink is the worst. Here's my advice - go with a group, find a decent table, get a servers attention, order double what you normally would, and then keep doing that over and over. Otherwise you'll get just angry. On weekend nights, the place is filled with early 20s singles and it gets relatively flirty. Brunch on weekends is only slightly older, but everyone still gets lit up on their Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Fun place, fun crowd, avoid the bar. The end.
Happy Hour!
Daniel H. Aug 7, 2012
I went to The Hudson for the first time the other week to grab some happy hour drinks with a friend who just moved to the area and, well, I couldn't have been more delighted. The elevated, rectangular layout raised off the ground and the sleek decor of leather and wood reminded me of a really fancy train-car from golden years past. The clientele are all very LA, a lot of young industry types, very attractive people in trendy outfits yet still fairly casual. My friend and I stood at a raised table in the perfect location for people watching right near the entrance, and even though we came for just a beer, I ended up ordering two plates of happy hour food that were very fairly priced (i think 5 or 6 dollars), and the beers on draft were only 3 bucks. The next thing we knew, happy hour had turned into three beers and then four and then the whole night there. Overall, a very fun and trendy bar for some cheap happy hour drinks.
Great Spot for Dinner or Drinks
Sara G. Aug 1, 2012
The Hudson is always fun, whether it's just for drinks, or dinner too. I've been wanting to check out their brunch for awhile, and will hopefully be able to soon. It's a quintessentially LA spot: fairly relaxed with a sprinkle of trendy. I love the indoor/outdoor vibe of the building, and the food is surprisingly yummy (and can be fairly healthy if that's your thing). They also have a photo booth, perfect for capturing the moment with friends after a drink (or three). Tip - Street parking in that area is tough - there is a bank (?) parking lot just east of The Hudson on SM Blvd with valet guys at night.
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