Party Earth Review With a drinks menu heavy on whiskey, a dozen flat-screen tuned to sports, and a prime location along the famous (infamous?) Sunset Strip, Rock & Reilly’s attracts everyone from cocktail snobs and celebrities... ... read full review
8911 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
West Hollywood, Los Angeles –
With a drinks menu heavy on whiskey, a dozen flat-screen tuned to sports, and a prime location along the famous (infamous?) Sunset Strip, Rock & Reilly’s attracts everyone from cocktail snobs and celebrities to sports lovers.
The ground floor lies somewhere between the border of cozy and downright small, with the TVs that line the exposed brick walls complemented by taxidermy and whiskey barrels, the latter of which keeps the focus on the true order of business even when the game’s on.
Midweek sees a crowd of creative twenty-somethings that usually includes actors, trendy musicians, and casual locals. They may show up at 4pm for Happy Hour, but they often stay on to work through the list of forty-five whiskeys, which they can pair with Irish classics like corned beef and not-so-Irish fare like grilled cheese lathered with Gruyere.
Scattered sofas and mounted muskets above a fake fireplace create more of a lounge feel on the mezzanine, where older sports fans retreat to watch the game in peace over whiskey- or vodka-heavy cocktails, while celebs are known to rent out the private back deck.
Calm is definitely not the name of the game after 9pm on most nights, especially on Fridays when both floors overflow with loud rock and the requisite groups of rowdy barhoppers working their way down the Strip.
Quietly cool by day and raucous long into the night, Rock ‘n Reilly’s attracts folks with wide-ranging definitions of Rest ‘n Relaxation.
Whiskey enthusiasts, artsy young adults, actors, celebrities, casual sports fans, Sunset barhoppers, and fun Irish types, 20s to 30s.
Loud rock all day, every day. Karaoke on Mondays. Over a dozen flat-screens usually tuned to sports.
Pub grub including Irish classics like Ploughman’s Pie, as well as grilled cheese, burgers, salads, and daily desserts. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.
Bar food $8–$12. Beer $5–$7, beer flights $8–$10, wine $8/glass or $25–$200+/bottle, cocktails $12, whiskey $8–$35.
Casual to dressy on weekends: skinny jeans, graphic T-shirts, leather pants, cargos, trendy vintage wear, button-downs, comfy blouses, sexy dresses.
Any midweek Happy Hour to beat the crush, any night after a concert at one of the neighboring music joints to party in true rocker form, or regular Friday and Saturday nights after 9pm for a shoulder-to-shoulder scene.
Whiskey A Go Go (8901 W Sunset Blvd) is a cavernous and legendary music venue right next door that has been a seminal institution for live music on the Strip since the 1960s.