The Woods

Bar / Lounge
The Woods Tucked away in an inauspicious strip mall, The Woods is a cozy, unpretentious lounge with a retro forest theme that attracts everyone from average Joes to grungy wannabe actors. Los Angeles United States 34.09901 -118.3444614
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Party Earth Review Tucked away in an inauspicious strip mall, The Woods is a cozy, unpretentious lounge with a retro forest theme that attracts everyone from average Joes to grungy wannabe actors. A simple space with a quaint and playful... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Red Line: Hollywood/Highland

  • Phone:

    323-876-6612

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 6pm–2am, Sa–Su 8pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Woods Review

The Scene

Tucked away in an inauspicious strip mall, The Woods is a cozy, unpretentious lounge with a retro forest theme that attracts everyone from average Joes to grungy wannabe actors.

Tucked away in an inauspicious strip mall, The Woods is a cozy, unpretentious lounge with a retro forest theme that attracts everyone from average Joes to grungy wannabe actors.

A simple space with a quaint and playful décor, the bar features a dimly-lit main room decorated with nature-motif wallpaper, hand-cut cedar block walls, elk antler chandeliers, and a fiber-optic ceiling designed to evoke a starry night sky.

Elevated faux-leather banquettes provide a place for the clientele of young professionals, plain Janes, and the occasional hipster to lounge around teak cocktail tables, while those into the forest theme might want to grab a spot in the rear alcove at one of the large tree-trunk tables complete with roots.

A flock of loyal regulars makes The Woods their habitat on weeknights, though weekends see a swell of boisterous, fun-loving young patrons clamoring for drinks at the pounded brass bar before getting down to some serious mingling to the beat of indie rock emanating from the jukebox.

For patrons who have been hunting for a low-key alternative to the usual pretentious Hollywood nightspots, The Woods may be just the place to set up camp.

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Tip from Lucas:

If you’re feeling up to it, try the potent specialty shot The Hollow Point. The ingredients are a secret, but it’s named after a particularly deadly bullet and served with two straws to make it look like a double-barrel shotgun.

  • Crowd

    An easygoing group of young professionals, Hollywood locals, a few hipsters, and aspiring actors, 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox featuring indie rock.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Guests may order Happy Hour appetizers from neighboring Middle Eastern restaurant Sultani, including fries, hummus, skewers, sliders, wraps, and hot dogs. Free parking in lot Su–Tu. Valet W–Sa. Happy Hour M–F 6–10pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $2–$6. Beer $4+, wine $6+, cocktails $10–$12. Valet $4.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, flannel. No tank tops or athletic gear.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekday Happy Hours to chill out, Friday and Saturday nights for a more bustling scene.

  • Close By

    The Happy Ending (7038 West Sunset Boulevard) is a good place to watch a game and a good post-Woods option for a rowdier singles scene.

The Woods User Reviews

Average rating:
From RaIm with Love
Ra-Im A. Aug 4, 2013
If I said I found my true love here would you visit? The Woods is a place where anything can happen. The atmosphere is set to comfortable, the drinks tell you to loosen up and when you sit at the bar you feel stunning. Who knows your true love could enter at any moment......
Reaching the Bar
Gerard Nash G. Jun 3, 2013
If you're looking for a mellow bar with great customer service and pretty good drinks, then you've found your place. The drink selection is pretty nice and the cocktails and martinis are delicious. They even have a DJ playing music on the side and during happy hour, you get a really good deal and really get to let yourself loose with some friends. It gets pretty crowded on the weekends, but that usually helps to liven up the venue and make the parties even bigger. All in all, it's a great bar if you're looking for a crazy place to get a drink.
Cool bar with nice ambiance
Daniel R. Apr 4, 2013
It is very easy to never notice this place and pass it by. I heard about it from a friend and decided to check it out a couple of nights ago. There's a lot with a valet at night to park your car, but plenty of metered parking on LaBrea and Sunset. The decor inside is very cool and mellow, with nice lighting for a date or just some drinks with your buds. There's a nice happy hour selection and some very interesting handcrafted cocktails, including a fresh watermelon martini which I tried. It was fresh and I highly recommend it if you like sweet drinks. The bartenders were very attentive and knowledgeable which isn't always what you get here in LA. However, there is no beer on tap. Another highlight and personal favorite thing of mine that The Woods ha is a classic jukebox. At 3 plays for a dollar and a selection of brand-new songs and many classics, other fans of jukeboxes will rejoice! All in all, I'll definitely go back to The Woods. Relaxing vibe, not to crowded on a weeknight, and right in my neighborhood.
The Road Less Traveled
Darby K. Nov 29, 2012
If you're looking for something off the beaten path in Hollywood, then take a hike to The Woods, a laid-back bar with good drinks and a great atmosphere. Don't be fooled by its strip-mall digs, this place is anything but a dive. The tasteful interior boasts custom oak paneling, spacious seating, and elk antlers festooning the walls -- all reminiscent of a trip to the great outdoors, sans the pesky discomfort of actually having to be in nature. Sip on custom cocktails, cheap beers, or reasonably priced wines while you groove out to a retro-DJ who spins every weekend. With a clientele ranging from hipster to hip-and-older, the vibe is disarmingly eclectic. (And rumor has it, Andy Dick is banned for life, so it's got that going for it...) Next time you find yourself parched from running the rat race, come get lost in The Woods.
Happy Hour @ The Woods!
D1ΔИΔ Ø. Oct 5, 2012
I love this place! And it looks just like what it's called...I'm a sucker for decor. Well, first of all, this place is situated in a weird complex. It's downstairs and looks pretty damn shady haha! I remember my first time here was back in '07 when a friend of mine had a short play playing at one of the spaces upstairs (actor's workshop). Anyway, it turned out to be more than I expected; this place is a little more special than the common dive bar. Their happy hour is great but only runs until 10pm M-F. Nonetheless, it is decently priced. Parking here is atrocious, so it might take some time looking for parking.
birthday cave
Sarah S. Oct 4, 2012
My sister had her birthday at this bar one year, and I remember my first impression was, "Way to pick a spot in a strip mall." But I love a good bar with dark wood panelling, and it really won me over. It really created an appealing, intimate, sort of cave setting for the event. The Woods had ample seating. And it was full of actor-types with more to talk about than auditions (there is a studio upstairs adjacent to the bar). The dress was a mix of hipster flannels and funky vintage dresses. The staff was very accommodating. All in all, an atmosphere that made for great birthday photos.
Decent Bar. Strange Mini-mall
Paul F. Aug 22, 2012
The Woods is okay. I wouldn't say it's the best place in the world, nor the worst. It's like - a tier above average. You want cheap drinks? They've got them. Cheap apps? They've got them. Long happy hours? Sure. You want sketchy homeless guys bugging you when you have a smoke outside? Check. When you walk in, the bar is immediately in front of you and runs along the west wall. To the right is booth/banquette seating. The tables are held up by tree stumps (get it? The Woods?). The crowd is usually mid 20s living in the area. It's not a destination spot, there's no overwhelming reason to come - it's just a decent, not too pricey Hollywood bar that's not in the heart of Hollywood. Come here with a buddy and have a few beers to catch up - that's probably what it's best for.
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