Mohawk Bend

Bar / Gastropub
Mohawk Bend Party Earth wants everyone in LA to come sample sustainable cuisine and a massive selection of craft beer at Echo Park's Mohawk Bend. Los Angeles+BEER=GOOD! Los Angeles United States 34.077425 -118.264758
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Party Earth Review Housed inside a refurbished hundred-year-old vaudeville theater, Mohawk Bend is a trendy Echo Park eatery with a small menu of sustainable cuisine and a massive selection of craft beer. Once past the blindingly bright... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th noon–11:30pm, F noon–1:30am, Sa 9:30am–1:30am, Su 9:30am–11:30pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Mohawk Bend Review

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Party Earth wants everyone in LA to come sample sustainable cuisine and a massive selection of craft beer at Echo Park's Mohawk Bend. Los Angeles+BEER=GOOD!

Housed inside a refurbished hundred-year-old vaudeville theater, Mohawk Bend is a trendy Echo Park eatery with a small menu of sustainable cuisine and a massive selection of craft beer.

Once past the blindingly bright marquee out front, hops connoisseurs enter an enclosed patio, where sleek bamboo-topped tables, a low-set fire pit, and cozy couches give the joint a high-end feel that’s perhaps slightly offset by the collection of beer signs on the wall.

The main area inside bears little evidence of the building’s former life, save for the original brick and the high ceiling looming over the ever-present hipsters munching seasonal offerings like puffed potatoes and stuffed dates.

High-backed booths run down the center, providing perfect views of both the open kitchen and the bar on either side, while a giant communal table gets taken over by boisterous groups scarfing down organic pizza and working their way through the fifty-plus brews featured prominently on taps behind the bar.

Couples looking to escape the booming conversation that always pervades the main room can head straight to the enclosed atrium in back, where small tables make it easy to get intimate over mussels and Mediterranean vegan burgers, or just sample a few intricate house cocktails in the warm glow of a second grand fireplace.

A neighborhood hangout with an environmentally conscious edge, Mohawk Bend puts on a masterful display of fine food and drink – and all audiences are welcome to the show.

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Tip from Jonah:

During ‘Flight Time’ – Mohawk’s version of Happy Hour – skip the pre-selected list of categorized flights and ask your bartender to create a special one of his/her choosing. You’ll get more variety and a chance to try the less obvious choices.

  • Crowd

    Artistic types, couples on dates, eco-friendly locals, hipsters, and beer snobs, mid-20s to mid-30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Two flat-screens in the bar area usually tuned to sports. Digital jukebox. Occasional DJs Thursday through Saturday nights.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Seasonal menu featuring organic fare from local farmer’s markets with an emphasis on vegan and vegetarian dishes and specialty organic pizzas.

    Meatless Mondays featuring vegetarian dishes made with local ingredients from 5pm. “Flight Time” M 5pm–close and Tu–Su 5–7pm featuring a special tasting of four beers.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $5–$15, smaller plates $4–$11+, entrées $12–$23, pizzas $11–$14.

    Beer $4.50–$6, wine $9–$13/glass or $33–$50/carafe, specialty cocktails $9–$14, spirits $4–$15+. All-you-can-eat pizza (Mondays 5pm–close) $15. Valet $4.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hip casual: skinny jeans, flannel, beanies, newsboy caps, plaid, cozy knits.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the week for a big – but not shoulder-to-shoulder – house, or Friday and Saturday nights for a tidal wave of hipster beer drinkers.

  • Close By

    Mohawk offers dessert, but Pazzo Gelato (1910 West Sunset Boulevard) lets patrons choose from over fifty flavors of local and organic gelato and sorbetto.

Mohawk Bend User Reviews

Average rating:
Vegan for Non-Vegans with a Great Atmosphere and Beer Selection
Megan S. Oct 28, 2013
This place is pretty freaking hip, but has way more to offer than ambiance. Tucked away in Echo Park, it is so worth the drive if you live in other parts of LA. Most of the food is vegan, but it doesn't taste like your typical vegan fare. They recreate non-Vegan dishes with vegan ingredients, such as buffalo cauliflower with vegan blue cheese dressing. It fulfilled my buffalo wings craving, and honestly did not taste vegan at all. They have artisan pizzas that are incredible, and so many delicious burger and burger alternatives. The salads are loaded with fresh, farmers-market level vegetables, and I left very full but feeling great. Beyond the food, the beer selection is incredible. They have a lot of craft beers, and feature unique breweries every month with specials on all of their beer. Sometimes social deal websites such as Gilt City and Groupon offer beer tasting courses here which are a must. The staff is nice and gives suggestions, and the ambiance really is VERY cool. It looks like it used to be an old movie theater, with an old-fashioned sign outside and tall ceilings inside. It is definitely trendy, but still has a warm feeling to it. Check it out!!
Never Disappoints
Amy L. May 24, 2013
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place!! I make any reason possible to come here. I live an hour away and have never been dissapointed with my experience. This is mainly a vegan/ vegetarian options, but there a few meat options that peak through the cracks. The food is amazing and not to mention the beer selection. They even carry a craft brew from my neck of the woods. I have brought meat-eaters here and they were surprised at how good the food is and wanted to go back. They have a beer of the month and offer four free samples. They customer service is great. My water glass is never less than half empty. They offer help and recommendations with both food and drinks. The prices are also reasonable. I went with two friends and our bill was under $35, not bad. The venue is very nice. As you walk in there is a patio/eating area then an eating area next to the bar and if you make reservations there is a back area with a fire place. The front area offers huge projection screen and TVs along the bar to watch sports games. The bathroom is upstairs and had a simple look to it. I have tried almost everything on the menu. One of my favorite appetizers is the apple Brussels sprouts, unfortunately they're not in season, but they offered buffalo-style Cauliflower. Wow, amazing! I had to stop and realize that i wasn't actually eating a Buffalo wing. The way the Cauliflower was cooked was so tender. The sauce was Identical to Buffalo wing sauce. My absolute must have every time I come here is the Poutine fries. MMM... they are fries drenched in cheese and gravy! I salivate every time I think about them. They're a must try. You'll thank me for it. I have tried almost all the pizzas and have never been let down! I could go on for days about the food selection, but I must leave some curiosity. The restaurant also has a photo booth inside. So much fun to do while waiting or after you've eaten. The pictures are taken in black and white. There is a board to pin a photo you choose on. Keep in mind it does take a while for you photo to be printed. Mohawk Bend is a great restaurant located in the Echo Park area. Valet is offered and be sure to make reservations if going on a weekend. I promise you'll will like something about this place.
THE best vegan food in LA.
Brian W. Apr 25, 2013
Mohawk Bend is a vegan food and beer lover's dream. With over 40 California craft brews on tap and a menu featuring THE best plant-based cuisine in LA, Mohawk doesn't just raise the bar on other So Cal restaurants, it sets it far beyond reach. Located in hipster chic Echo Park in what was once an early 20th century vaudevillian theater, Mohawk rocks a trendy, yet chill vibe uniting beer geeks and foodies under one beautifully restored roof. Whenever I hit up Mohawk (which is often), my go-to meals are the Buffalo-style Cauliflower - baked cauliflower tossed in hot wing sauce sidled by celery and vegan blue cheese dressing - and the Avo & Chips - beer-battered avocado deep-fried to perfection with a side of horseradish coleslaw, fries and a killer smoked aioli. For real, kids, the food here is incredible! The pizzas are all on point, and the cast iron chocolate chip cookie dessert will make you cry. If you're just in the mood for happy hour or a late night drink, the bar has you covered with 50 taps and a selection of delicious signature cocktails. Sip your potables by the fireplace, on the patio or in the dark ambiance of the lounge. Mohawk also offers an amazing Sunday brunch with vegan and non-vegan dishes you will be thinking about for the rest of the week. I can't rave enough about this joint. It's definitely the crown jewel in owner Tony Yanow's "Holy Trinity" (Mohawk Bend, Golden Road Brewery and Tony's Darts Away). Two words: Go Here!
My fav Echo Park spot
Daniel R. Apr 4, 2013
I always hit this place before or after a Dodger game. SICK beer selection. Usually over 50 on tap, all from Cali, with a rotating "guest" brewery from somewhere else that offers a few selections. Food here is awesome. If you're a meat-eater, definitely check out the bacon-wrapped dates as a apetizer. I've also had the deep-fried avocado and flatbreads. There are plenty of choices for everybody here, as well as selections for vegetarians and vegans alike. Vegan groups have even had large meet-ups here. The ambiance in this place is awesome. It is an old movie theater and the design inside is just really cool. There's outdoor seating with a firepit, and the room in the back is all brick with a fireplace where movies used to be screened. Very clean, nice staff, never a long wait. Love it here.
Bend don't break
Jesse C. Mar 20, 2013
Appealing to a broad base is generally not the hallmark of a quality restaurant (looking at you Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, et al), but Mohawk Bend has pulled it off with aplomb, managing to draw in hipsters, vegans and beer nerds (maybe the same person, fine) but also a casual neighborhood contingent along with a crowd that might otherwise be found waiting behind a velvet rope in Hollywood on Friday nights. Whether dropping in on the swanky front patio for a speciality cocktail, sampling their pub-food-with-a-twist near the bar or sitting down to what feels like a fancy meal with friends all the way in the back, Mohawk Bend has turned a sprawling former movie theater into the kind of place that will satisfy nearly everyone without sacrificing the kind of details that win over even the most discriminating diners. Frequent sponsored beer events draw big crowds so plan accordingly, but don't forget to try the grub -- specifically the vegan banh mi pizza, an inspired take on the Vietnamese sandwich, and the buffalo cauliflower plate, a meatless wonder that will give your carnivore friends pause enough to look up from their own burger and acknowledge the genius at work there.
Mohawk Bend = home-brew Mecca
Andrew P. Nov 27, 2012
Newcomer to the Echo Park nightlife scene, Mohawk Bend has already proven to be a favorite drinking hole for well-dressed Eastsiders, urban professionals and doe-eyed lovers. Couched in the northeast corner of Echo Park, this gastropub boasts an epic craft beer selection and an ever-changing seasonal dining menu that caters to the environmentally conscious locavore. The original antique marquee of this century-old former Vaudeville Theater lures guests into an enclosed patio where a gas fireplace casts a glow over open-air booths. Young artist types and fashion conscious hipsters huddle in conversation over the din of Sunset Boulevard traffic and occasional sirens from the unfortunately placed fire station across the street. The newly remodeled interior (designed by the renowned Spaceship Group) is a modern banquet dining room of brick and steel. Exposed ductwork lends the room a steampunk sensibility. An eclectic chill-wave playlist booms underneath the vaulted cathedral ceiling. Stools dot the narrow perimeter of the bar, surrounding a large communal table where affable after-work banter is fueled by citrus spritzers and fresh eats straight from the farmer’s market. Diners looking for intimate conversation can head to the rear of the restaurant where another gas flame fireplace adorns a sky lit atrium. Mohawk Bend’s fare has all its bases covered. Herbivores can rest assured that all meat dishes are prepared in a separate area of the open kitchen, which is highly visible from most tables. Enjoy a delightfully greasy plate of fish and chips, munch on a vegan flatbread pizza or get some cold comfort with a bowl of creamy gelato (provided by Silverlake’s legendary Pazzo Gelato). And you can wash it all down with a moderately priced house-made concoction of fresh juices and California spirits. Beer doesn’t get more domestic than this: every one of the 50 or so on tap is brewed right here in the Golden State (apparently, so do all of the ingredients from every dish). Imbibers can sip on selections from the ubiquitous Stone brewery of San Diego to the hoppy Nor Cal classics from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. If it isn’t already, this laid-back, after-work destination is sure to become an Eastside mecca for homebrew enthusiasts and cocktail aficionados. Mohawk Bend is the prefect precursor to a classy, casual night on the town.
Classy Echo Park
Lucy A. Nov 1, 2012
This upscale hipster venue is a place I can go out drinking with my friends, and also meet my parents for lunch. Its got a great atmosphere with a small patio in the front, a big bar inside and a large covered area in the back with a roaring fire. Its seasonal menu always has something different, and seems very well thought out. I don't think I've ever been unsatisfied with with i've ordered. One of my favorite things at Mohawk bend is their extensive beer list. I love trying different beers, and they offer a great variety! At night the crowd picks up, and becomes a really fun and casual bar scene. I give it four stars for all of the above, PLUS they have a photo booth - who doesn't love a photo booth after a few drinks!
Best Photo Booth In Town
Ilana R. Oct 1, 2012
At first, I didn't believe my East Side friends when they told me I'd like eating here. First, because I don't like eating anymore. Secondly, because I bike everywhere now, and I wasn't sure it was worth a harrowing trip across town to sample the "side car" and the avocado flat bread. BUT IT WAS.
Cool hang-out in a totally central location
Nikki L. Sep 11, 2012
The Mohawk Bend was a little classy there for a minute, but they sometimes have bands and events nowadays that bring it down to a more reasonable Echo Park level. It's still a little hipster-y and a little Silver Lake, but chill. The patio is a great hang out spot for summer nights -- one of the best outdoor bar scenes around town. It's spacious and semi-enclosed, but you can still see the sky and the street and the whole inside of the bar. There are plenty of places to sit, and almost none of those weird dead zones where people just have to stand around awkwardly. The food is decent, and prices are fair, but people really do rave over their beer selection. Plus the absolutely central Sunset location (walking distance to El Prado, the Echo, The Gold Room/Little Joy/Short Stop trifecta, and anything in between), Mohawk Bend is an east-sider must and a great place to hang during block party and event days.
Great Patio
Sara G. Aug 17, 2012
Mohawk Bend is really cool. The space is a converted classic movie theater (which is both sad and awesome). While the interior is totally legit in its own right (especially the separate space in the back of the restaurant), my favorite part of Mohawk Bend is their front patio. The benches are perfect for lounging, and there's a cozy fireplace at the front of the space. Plus, the way the patio is sectioned off, you are protected from busy Sunset Blvd, making it a really enjoyable space. There food is fine - but their beer selection is what makes this place cool. Plus, as someone who travels from the westside to get here, I appreciate that while it's definitely a cool spot, it's not a too-cool-for-school hipster haven. If you want to switch from beer to wine, go across the street to City Sip - just keep in mind their hours aren't nearly as flexible as Mohawk Bend's.
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