Party Earth Review At once communal and sceney, with a mod-industrial design up front and a rustic-chic bar in back, Laurel Hardware attracts both casual cool kids and stylish scenesters on the hunt for shareable seasonal fare and heady... ... read full review
7984 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Restaurant: M–Th 11:30am–3:30pm, 6–11pm, F 11:30am–3:30pm, 6–11:30pm, Sa 10am–3:30pm, 6–11:30pm, Su 10am–3:30pm, 6–11pm
Bar: M–F 11:30am–3:30pm, 6pm–2am, Sa–Su 10am–2am
West Hollywood, Los Angeles –
At once communal and sceney, with a mod-industrial design up front and a rustic-chic bar in back, Laurel Hardware attracts both casual cool kids and stylish scenesters on the hunt for shareable seasonal fare and heady cocktails.
The venue – which takes its name from the hardware store that formerly occupied the building – appears rather diminutive through its street-side floor-to-ceiling windows, as patrons snake around tightly spaced café tables or inch between the stools rimming the white-countered open kitchen.
Beyond the ivy-draped hallway, however, dolled-up groups of girls and trendy gents make their way across a salvaged wood floor to a much bigger room, with plush tufted white booths, long tables, and an even longer bar.
Craft cocktails lean heavily on the frou-frou side, though the potency of signature drinks like The Gangster – cucumber-infused vodka mixed with fresh watermelon – helps ensure the communal banquette in back remains a base for feisty flirting long into the night.
The biggest draw, however, might be the cozy patio in back, where patrons can take their plates of dandelion pizza and olive butter-drenched beef and rub shoulders beneath the leafy olive trees.
Chill by day, Laurel Hardware becomes as raucous and crowded as a jobsite most nights, full of industry types schmoozing, date-nighters boozing, and a diverse set of gay and straight West Hollywood denizens tooling around.
Trendy groups of single ladies, stylish gay WeHo kids, industry folks, actors, couples on dates, chill dining crowd up front, louder cocktailers in the back, 20s to late 30s.
Barely audible ambient music takes a backseat to loud conversation.
Menu of seasonal fare including snacks like roasted peanuts and mixed olives, small plates of roasted beets and kale salad, larger entrées like mussels, pork belly, and roasted chicken, artisan pizzas, and a handful of desserts. Brunch menu on weekends 10am–3:30pm.
Reservations accepted and recommended.
Valet parking available from 6pm. Street parking can be very difficult, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Patrons should pay close attention to restriction signs when street parking in the area.
Brunch $8–$20, snacks $6–$8, small plates $10–$14+, entrées $14–$26, pizzas $14–$17, desserts $8–$10.
Beer $7–$9+, wine $8–$12+/glass or $32–$75+/bottle, cocktails $12. Valet $6.
Trendy casual: sleek button-downs, designer jeans, cool vintage wear, blazers, John Varvatos t-shirts, pencil skirts, minis, fitted sweaters, heels.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for a packed house by 9pm, weekends to chill on the patio over brunch, or any early evening to try the food without having to shout over the roiling conversation.
Palihouse (8465 Holloway Drive) is a chic hotel watering hole that attracts a similar mix of fashionistas, foodies, and industry types who flock to the hotel’s various lounges, bars, and brasseries.