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Rock & Reilly's Rock & Reilly's in West Hollywood, Los Angeles is a busy Irish pub with loads of whiskey and a diverse crowd. Get ready to rock in LA with Party Earth. Los Angeles United States 34.090804 -118.385936
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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

  • Hours:

    Daily 11:30am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Rock & Reilly's Review

The Scene

Rock & Reilly's in West Hollywood, Los Angeles is a busy Irish pub with loads of whiskey and a diverse crowd. Get ready to rock in LA with Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Lucas:

While the whiskey flights introduce the casual drinker to a wide array of hand-selected spirits, the true fan shoots “picklebacks,” a shot of whiskey chased by a shot of homemade pickle juice.

  • Crowd

    Whiskey enthusiasts, artsy young adults, actors, celebrities, casual sports fans, Sunset barhoppers, and fun Irish types, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Loud rock all day, every day. Karaoke on Mondays. Over a dozen flat-screens usually tuned to sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Bar food $8–$12. Beer $5–$7, beer flights $8–$10, wine $8/glass or $25–$200+/bottle, cocktails $12, whiskey $8–$35.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to dressy on weekends: skinny jeans, graphic T-shirts, leather pants, cargos, trendy vintage wear, button-downs, comfy blouses, sexy dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    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.

Rock & Reilly's User Reviews

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Have A Rock & Good Night
N. A. Aug 21, 2013
Squared away in the corner, sipping on a midori sour, and enjoying the cool air and light conversation with friends is how I have fun at Rock & Reilly's. But besides for the decorative outdoor patio hidden in the back, Rock & Reilly's is an always-fun Irish bar located on the edge of Sunset Boulevard. Inside are friendly bartenders that are always quick to serve without any of the attitude. The first floor has a number of welcoming tables to relax at but the place gets crowded pretty quickly on any busy night, so it may be smart to head there early. The Monday night karaoke is always delightful and they have a massive book filled with thousands of songs from all of your favorite artists. "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet boys is my personal favorite but great iconic 80's songs by Queen or Bon Jovi always get the audience singing along. The only criticism that I can think of are the poorly located restrooms that often have long bathroom lines and make the bar seem claustrophobic. But that shouldn't be too much of a concern since you'll most likely be surrounded by attractive people. The best part is that they may have the best social media for a bar in Hollywood; tweet at them and they'll always interact with a witty response. And if it's your birthday, they may even give you a special treat. So whether you go on a spur of the moment on Tuesday night or you're a regular every happy hour, Rock & Reilly's is a great bar for an entertaining time.
More Whiskeys than people in Los Angeles
Andy M. Aug 20, 2013
Whiskey is a spirit that has no demographic, and Rock & Reilly's has created an environment that takes full advantage of this. Upon entering you are greeted with a fantastic main room filled with a few community style tables. You feel as if you are in a true Irish pub blended with the trendy feel of Hollywood nightlife. There are more choices of whiskey then people in Los Angeles ensuring that what you want they have. The upstairs offers intimate style seating with, and this often is accompanied with a live DJ. The only downside to the venue's layout is if you find yourself waiting in line at the bar you might have to dodge a few employees balancing a tray full of drinks. Overall Rock & Reilly's offers fair prices, great options for food/drink, and friendly staff. Head there with a group of friends and enjoy the vibe of the strip.
Great Irish Bar. Fun young scene.
Ben F. Oct 1, 2012
Rock & Reilly's is a newcommer to the sunset strip, but it has quickly become one of the most popular hangouts for young people in West Hollywood. It has a fun main-area with a large bar and huge whiskey selection. And for a more quiet, intimate setting, there is an upstairs lounge area with couches and tv screens. The food here is excellent (fantastic burger), and its a great spot to watch a sports game on one of their many big-screen TVs. The drinks are reasonably priced, and the staff is friendly and fun. Weekend nights do tend to get crowded (sometimes there's a line), so make sure you come early. But with the great music, huge bar and tons of young, fun attractive people, you definitely are in for a great night.
Not Quite Irish Bar, Not Quite Hipster Hang
Patrick M. Aug 23, 2012
Rock & Reilly's is the embodiment of the quintessential Irish conundrum: what, exactly, am I? It's the existential question at the heart of all Irish poets, tenors, and writers. It's on the strip so it has to have an element of The Scene: it has to cater to the hip crowd, the trendsetters, and the young set who make up the Strip's clientele every night. But it's an Irish bar, so it has to cater to serious drinkers (see:forty-five whiskeys) and serve some good fish and chips (which it does). But the LA trend of sportiness is also here, with TV screens attracting the crowds for every game, something a tried and true Irish bar would eschew. Couple TV's is fine, but it should never interfere with the night's purpose. It's also a little too shiny, a little too glitzy for the Irish bar/pub designation. It makes an interesting amalgam of disparate elements of different types of bars that somehow, in a funky, noisy, jostling sort of way actually works. Even with the bar is situated at the bottom of the steps that lead to the mezzanine - a design flaw that causes traffic jams intermittently throughout the night (at least on the non-weekend nights I have been there). For the guys, there are plenty of beautiful women - both on staff and in the crowd - to keep you occupied while you imbibe and satisfy your need for some Irish soul food (of both the liquid and solid varieties). The music's great, bartenders are knowledgeable, friendly (imagine that in LA and on the strip!), and gregarious, and the ambiance does all it can to create in spirit what the place's potpourri of physical and design elements can't quite mesh together. All in all its definitely on the "Give it a shot" list - both euphemistically and for the pickleback!
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