Henry's Hat

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Henry's Hat Los Angeles is full of transplants, many of whom appreciate a good dole of kitsch in their new hometown bars. Thankfully, Henry's Hat brings the kitsch in spades through simple design, hearty comfort food, and piles of board... Los Angeles United States 34.13202 -118.352752
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Party Earth Review Los Angeles is full of transplants, many of whom appreciate a good dole of kitsch in their new hometown bars. Thankfully, Henry’s Hat brings the kitsch in spades through simple design, hearty comfort food, and piles of... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th noon–11pm, F noon–midnight, Sa 10:30am–midnight, Su 10:30am–11pm
    Opens earlier on Sundays during football season

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Henry's Hat Review

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Los Angeles is full of transplants, many of whom appreciate a good dole of kitsch in their new hometown bars. Thankfully, Henry's Hat brings the kitsch in spades through simple design, hearty comfort food, and piles of board...

Los Angeles is full of transplants, many of whom appreciate a good dole of kitsch in their new hometown bars. Thankfully, Henry’s Hat brings the kitsch in spades through simple design, hearty comfort food, and piles of board games.

The venue is quite large, with three distinct areas to lounge in. Deep maroon walls keep the ambiance cozy, while the exposed brick behind the bar adds a splash of industrial cool.

Late afternoons see the main room alive with nearby studio minions capitalizing on the 2-for-1 Happy Hour, but the real draw beyond budget boozing is the twenty-plus collection of classic fun like Jenga, checkers, and the glorious dork-fest Battleship.

Nights are routinely busy, though there’s usually ample space for first dates to cozy into an intimate nook with rounds of strawberry gimlets and Candyland, as older regulars keep it classy over bouts of chess and a Lights Out – that is, Miller Lite with a shot of Jack Daniels.

In the back, meanwhile, college kids gather around the Wii projection screen and get sloshed on massive $50 beer towers, while weekends feature a brunch menu that includes bottomless mimosas to satiate the avid sports fans who show up to catch the game from the long communal table.

A lively spot that feels like home, Henry’s Hat is the perfect place for the young and the young at heart to unwind with a little shot of nostalgia…and a lot of shots.

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Tip from Emma:

Before you go, check Henry’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/henryhatla for occasional secret passwords that will get you discounted food and drinks!

  • Crowd

    Board gamers, sports fans, industry types from nearby studios, first dates, birthday groups, and budget-minded drinkers, early 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Several flat-screens tuned to sports. Large selection of free board games including everything from chess and checkers to Battleship and Candyland. Nintendo Wii on a projection screen.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    American comfort food including burgers, as well as Irish meat pies, steak frites, and pulled-pork sandwiches. Take-out available.

    Rooms available for private rental with space for up to a hundred guests. Outdoor seating. Happy Hour daily 4–7pm, includes drink and appetizer specials.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $7.50–$15, appetizers $4–$14, salads $8.50–$15, sandwiches/burgers $11–$15, entrées $13.50–$20.50, prix fixe menu $29–$33.

    Beer $5.50–$8/glass, beer tower $35–$50, wine $6–$12/glass or $20–$40/bottle, cocktails $10.50, mixed drinks $10+, sangria bowls $14.50–$25. Valet $6

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, team apparel, button-downs, fitted sweaters, cozy skirts, sneakers, flip-flops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for sipping cocktails, playing board games, and making new friends, or Sunday mornings and Monday nights during football season to catch the game with a fun and festive crowd.

  • Close By

    Universal City Walk (100 Universal City Plaza) takes the kitsch and multiples it by a thousand with the chance to catch a movie, watch some dueling pianos, get attacked by a mechanical King Kong, and get a good dose of people-watching along the way.

Henry's Hat User Reviews

Average rating:
Good drinks, great snacks...and board games!
Danny S. Oct 5, 2012
I honestly don't remember any standout cocktails here - it's your standard fare, but I don't think I was ever disappointed. The happy hour snack menu is fantastic. Definitely go for the spicy popcorn. Get on their mailing list, too - every once in a while you'll get an insane coupon, like 50% off your entire food and drink bill during happy hour. Their board game selection is pretty solid. Jenga is especially fun. And there's a huge projector screen if you want to play the Wii, but we've never done.
Not bad for the area!
Ross S. Oct 2, 2012
Located near CityWalk, Henry's Hat is a great place to drink and play games. (Jenga!) Besides restaurants, there aren't many other bars nearby, so this is more a place for locals then Hollywood thrillseekers. Drink specials, easy parking, large space!
Fun times!
Stacy F. Oct 2, 2012
If you're into sports, it's a GREAT sports bar. Tons of flat screens hung up throughout the bar. If you're NOT into sports, definitely avoid those hours as it's packed. When it's not some big sport-y event that I tend to skip for Real Housewives, it's a pretty mellow, laid back, bar. There's a big screen for Wii games, board games, cards, etc. Lots of beer on tap, plenty of vino, and great bar food (and a couple salads for the healthy people). Fun for birthday parties, or even larger corporate events if you book the place in advance! Street or valet parking.
Good Meeting Spot for Dinner and a Drink with your Valley friends.
Chris M. Aug 17, 2012
Henry's Hat tends to offer a lot of specials for deals on food and drinks and you can often get dinner and some drinks here cheap with a deal or just with happy hour. The vibe is very relaxed, in part due to the presence of board games. You can only act so cool when Jenga is nearby. The food is standard bar food, but pretty good. Anywhere with pulled pork as a shortcut to my heart and Henry does a good job with it. Don't bother trying to find street parking, it seems tempting for people like me that hate to valet, but it is cheap and convenient to use their valet. Football games are also a lot of fun. When I come out to the valley to meet my studio friends we either go here or to Ireland's 32 for a real dive bar experience.
Quick and Painless
Chad F. Aug 1, 2012
If you don't feel like leaving the valley to have a drink with your friend in Hollywood, Henry's Hat is the way to go and a good compromise. Easy parking (lot with cheapo valet), inexpensive drinks, good food, and great patio seating along Ventura. They also have a solid brunch on the weekends (with bottomless sangria and mimosas) and are always featuring great discount deals on groupon. Oh, and they have S'mores!
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