The Den on Sunset

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The Den on Sunset Patrons looking to escape the glitzy Sunset Strip crowd can always duck into The Den on Sunset, a welcome retreat from the area's prevalent velvet rope and bottle service scene. Los Angeles United States 34.097574 -118.368413
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Party Earth Review Patrons looking to escape the glitzy Sunset Strip crowd can always duck into The Den of Hollywood, a welcome retreat from the area’s prevalent velvet rope and bottle service scene. Although the venue still attracts plenty... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 5pm–2am, Sa 3pm–2am, Su 10pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Den on Sunset Review

The Scene

Patrons looking to escape the glitzy Sunset Strip crowd can always duck into The Den on Sunset, a welcome retreat from the area's prevalent velvet rope and bottle service scene.

Patrons looking to escape the glitzy Sunset Strip crowd can always duck into The Den of Hollywood, a welcome retreat from the area’s prevalent velvet rope and bottle service scene.

Although the venue still attracts plenty of celebrities, its daily Happy Hour specials and menu of bar food that actually looks like real food also draw the kind of guests more interested in chilling with a cocktail or watching football than stargazing.

From the stone façade and iron chandelier to the fireplace in the cozy dining room, the place exudes a homey ambiance reminiscent of an English pub, and the edible bounty focuses on simple but hearty grub like pork tacos and burgers with lots of bacon.

Budding actors fresh off an audition plop down along the main bar to toss back half-priced pints and tell their friends how they “nailed it,” while chill young professionals take over the tufted booths that extend back toward the second bar.

The outdoor patio fills up later on when patrons congregate around the long fire pit to casually flirt, though on Wednesdays, everyone heads inside for the very popular karaoke night.

Bottomless booze and baseball attract brunchers and sports fans on Sundays, though anyone not down with Bloody Marys or Hail Marys can pop in later when the barbecue is set up.

For come-as-you-are comfort in the heart of the Strip, patrons can’t do better than The Den of Hollywood, a place as relaxed as Dad’s living room – only cooler.

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Tip from Emma:

Besides the Happy Hour goodness, The Den usually has some great daily specials. Drop in on Mondays for $1 mystery beer or Tuesdays for $2 tacos. And if you’re worried about Wednesday’s karaoke night being full of legit rock stars due to the location…don’t – it’s totally casual and most of the singers are awesomely bad.

  • Crowd

    Chill professionals, laid-back celebs, sports fans, brunch hounds, karaoke lovers, and tourists sick of the traditional Strip, 20s to 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox heavy on the alt rock. Flat-screens tuned to sports. DJ spins an eclectic mix of indie and rock starting 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Comfort food from burgers to pork belly tacos. Brunch and barbecue menu on Sundays. Happy Hour M–F 5–7pm, Sa 3–7pm, and Su 2–7pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $7–$12, appetizers $6–$10, entrées $8–$12, barbecue menu $6–$10. Beer $3–$9, wine $7–$8, cocktails $10, bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Bellinis $14.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to business casual: jeans, button-downs, t-shirts, sneakers, flannel, slacks, hoodies, comfortable dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Wednesday nights for karaoke, Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowds, or Sundays for brunch, sports, and barbecue.

  • Close By

    The Libertine (8210 West Sunset Boulevard) is a modern-day speakeasy with gourmet comfort food and a cozy little dance floor.

The Den on Sunset User Reviews

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Not Your Fathers Den
Sarah S. Jun 21, 2013
If your tired of the same, run of the mill dive bars, then you have to check out The Den of Hollywood. Don't let the "of Hollywood" fool you, this place is homier than the den at your best friends house. They have great food and drinks at prices even a poor college student living off of ramen could afford. If you didn't have enough fun on Friday and Saturday, you can stop in on Sunday's for brunch and bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's (for those who had a little to much fun the night before). With great food, friendly staff, a cozy atmosphere, and fabulous drink specials, The Den of Hollywood is a great spot for locals looking to escape the glitzy bars of Hollywood. '
Pretty Nice Den You Got There
Gerard Nash G. Jun 3, 2013
Imagine a fancy restaurant, that turns out to be a bar; well this is your place. So let's start with the positives here. The food is great; they have wings, fries, and a B.E.L.T. burger that is to die for. The bartenders are quick and really nice, and the service you get is outstanding. Sadly, the wait for the food can take quite a while and the valet service is $10 (it'd be better to just find a place along the street. Since they have multiple waiters service one table, it can become a little haphazard and the orders were switched around with another table, during my visit there. Luckily, the atmosphere is definitely lively and the beer selection is excellent. I would definitely visit this place again if I had the chance.
Cozy and entertaining
Jina M. Apr 8, 2013
The Den in Hollywood is has a cozy and welcoming layout. The food is great and the price you pay is reasonable. The outside area with the fireplace design, in the mid section of the patio is such a focal point. It gives a warm and hospitable feeling. It’s a great place to go hang out with friends and meet local people or visitors. It has a good vibe and great company.
Home is Where the Heart is
Jordan G. Apr 5, 2013
For me, coming to The Den of Hollywood is like coming home minus the overbearing parents. Easy to miss when driving by, The Den is set about a level down from Sunset Strip. Upon arrival, you descend into a homey, rustic atmosphere not easily found in Hollywood. The outdoor patio affords visitors with a less than tolerant ear the ability to step out for some fresh air while remaining warm and sheltered. The patio is roomy yet inviting with its picnic style tables and lengthy fire pit. The plentiful space heaters also keep the patio cozy on chillier nights. Stepping into The Den is akin to stepping into a cabin in Mammoth. It's rustic and inviting with its wood paneling and hunting lodge decor. Surprisingly large, The Den has both a simple bar area where karaoke is held along with booths and tables in the back where there is a second bar for patrons who are eating. On Wednesdays, karaoke begins at 10 p.m. in the front room where the main bar is. Patrons sign up for free and can squeeze in a maximum of two songs if both requests are put in before midnight. Patrons are encouraged to tip but not required. The karaoke attendants range from Wednesday night devotees to guests just passing through. Most of the people range from early 20s to early 30s. James, the karaoke DJ, requires upbeat songs so this is not the platform for a sultry crooner. The cast of characters on Wednesday usually consists of Shawnie, Travis and James. If you make an effort to remember them, they will remember you. Also don't forget to tip the sweet valet when you leave. He'll go out of his way to get your car quicker if he knows who you are.
nicer bar
Brittney B. Dec 3, 2012
It gets busy on friday nights, so it's best to get a reservation if you want a table. I prefer to go during the week, when there are less people there. They have a decent happy hour menu, so it's a great place to relax after work. I enjoy sitting outside. Their patio area has the feeling of being indoors. They have cushioned seats, and a television. It's really like and extra room, just without a ceiling. All in all, this is one of the nicer bars in the general vicinity.
Love the Fire Pit!
Nisha S. Oct 16, 2012
The Den on a Friday night is super fun and energetic! The crowded bar has an awesome outdoor patio with plenty of tables and a sweet fire pit. The line tends to get long around 11 PM, but moves quickly. The Den attracts 20-something professionals working in the entertainment industry and is in stark contrast with competing bars in the area like the posh Bar Marmont. The bar is a place where patrons come to cut loose, dance, and catch up with old friends. The bar tends to get a bit over-crowded for its size. Keep your drinks close to you so they don't get knocked over! When I was there, the spirited and playful Den was covered in Halloween decorations, making it a refreshing change from some of the more chic and trendy bars in Hollywood.
Love the Laid Back, Trendy, Atmosphere of the Den
Sarah C. Oct 15, 2012
I instantly love a bar that has the patio decorated with twinkling patio lights hanging from the rafters. The Den has the coziest outdoor patio of any bar I’ve been to in West Hollywood. There’s a long fire pit warming the entire area and you have to step down a few stairs to enter the Den which makes you think you’re stepping into someone’s family room or basement hang out. The inside of the bar area is somewhat small and cramped, so I usually opt for hanging out on the patio. The crowd is very trendy, a mix of 20 and 30-somethings. The drink prices are typical for Hollywood, overpriced, but the bartenders are friendly and speedy and the atmosphere is great if you’re tired of clubs and you’re just looking to chat with friends (or make new ones). This place is sort of small, so it does tend to get a line around 11pm. Go early at 10pm to claim your spot and you’re golden. The music here is the only thing that isn’t really aligned with the atmosphere. On the nights I’ve been here they played top 40, rap and R&B whereas, this place looks like it should play indie rock or alternative.
Pabst prices in Posh local
Brent L. Oct 5, 2012
Its got a weird vibe. I dont know what to tell ya. Strange to walk into a club, club feeling--where you know you are in the thick of an LA popped collar, russian rich kid, caked on make up Hollywood crowd...but still be able to order a beer for just a couple bucks. The two sides of my brain cant rectify if i love or hate this place. Feels very much like the bar you drink at first before going to another local bar to end in a blaze of glory. I think the pricing and layout of this place keeps the crowd much more mellow than most of the strip and way more fun to be around.
A Solid Crowd
Robin O. Aug 31, 2012
The Den functions like a mature older brother to its club counterparts that have become the bread and butter of the Hollywood party scene. While people flock to the velvet ropes, headlining DJs and go-go dancers of Supperclub and LURE, the Den attracts a more sophisticated and conservative group of the city's young elite. Young professionals, aspiring actors, celebrities, and everyone in between frequent this Sunset Blvd joint. If you are looking to throw a few back and fraternize on your off-days the open porch or one of the cozy booths at the Den are solid options. The bar fills up quickly on weekends, so arrive early to skip the line. But as the night progresses you will find yourself surrounded by the understated elegance that so many strive to achieve but struggle to find here in Tinsel Town.
Great Patio
Sara G. Aug 23, 2012
The Den is fun and there's a lot going on here. I've never been here during the day - but it's a fun crowd at night. The patio is awesome because of the open fireplace type structure they have that extends the length of the patio. Great place to socialize and meet people or just enjoy the warmth of the fire on a chilly night. The drinks are average and the crowd is cool enough - there's a lot of high energy, but it's a more down-to-earth vibe than some of the other bars along Sunset. There can sometimes be a line here - which is annoying given the above down-to-earth comment, but it's Saturday night on Sunset so you can't expect anything less. I like The Den - it's worth checking out if you're in the area, but I don't love it enough to recommend schlepping to Sunset on a Saturday night just for this spot.
Oklahoma Football in the heart of Hollywood
Chris M. Aug 17, 2012
I tend to avoid Hollywood, it is just too much, but the Den is a welcome respite. I came to watch an OU football game, they apparently are an OU bar, with a bunch of Oklahomans and they treated us great. They set up all the TVs for us and a few more groups came for the game for a solid cheering section. We had a bunch of mimosas and some great barbecue food and it almost didn't feel like Hollywood. Parking is real easy on a Saturday afternoon, but obviously is more of a hassle as the night approaches. All in all a fun time and very friendly staff.
Paula P. Aug 8, 2012
I'm a sucker for a bar that gives you something to do whilst you drink - like the mechanical bull at saddle ranch or the ping pong table at caseys. When I went to the Den of Hollywood there was a pretty long line outside but I waited cause I really wanted to check it out. Once I got inside my friends and I noticed they had a bunch of board games so we grabbed drinks and started a game of UNO, that game goes on too long but it was actually a lot of fun to play while drinking and I'm pretty sure if we gave it enough thought we probably could have turned it into a drinking game. What really excited my boyfriend and his friend was that they had f "rock em sock em robots" which we then all proceeded to play. If you don't want to be anti-social and play boardgames all night there is a dance floor which looked pretty poppin on the night that I went but we were all tired so we weren't in the mood to get shoved in the crowd of people dancing. The venue itself is really cool; it's dimly lit and it almost kinda reminds me of a cabin in the woods or something. If you're passing by I'd definitely recommend giving it a go, I'd like to go back myself when some of their good deals are happening.
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