Friday, September 14, 2012

Bar One Beer & Wine Parlour North Hollywood

Looking for a laid back but classy type of establishment that pours a well selected variety of craft beer and North Hollywood?

 Do you want to enjoy your beverages in an environment that looks and smells clean and has friendly bartenders that actually help you select a drink for you? Do you want to watch cult movies like Big Lebowski instead of "the game"? Do you want to listen to vinyl records brought in by customers (Weds nights)? Do you like belgian fries , flatbread pizzas and chicken and waffle sliders? 

Chicken and Waffle Slider (YUM!)

Belgian Fries with dipping sauces!

If you answered yes to any or many of these questions Bar One Beer & Wine Parlour in North Hollywood might be for you. Definitely a gem in the valley ...or anywhere in L.A for that matter! They also have a happy hour 6-9 Daily  $1 off drinks. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Tavern on Hollywood

The Tavern on Hollywood  (located on guessed it Hollywood Blvd) is one of the latest additions to the Hollywood bar scene. The place is only about 3 weeks old I believe. The previous business to operate in this space was Osaka which was owned by Adolfo Suaya (owner of BoHo gastropub down the street at Hollywood/Highland). I never went to Osaka which was apparently a Peruvian fusion restaurant. Apparently most of the interior was left the same which is nice because it looks like an upscale place. 

Our initial attraction to Tavern on Hollywood was the low low price of $2.50 per pint of draft beer (regular prices are $5.00). The nice part is that they have 42 beers on tap, and everything is available at the happy hour prices except for  ABT 12 St. Benardus, Gulden Draak and Chimay. When I heard they had 42 taps I was expecting that only the mass market beers like Budlight,Coors and Pabst but it was a nice surprise to discover that we could enjoy Torpedo Extra IPA, Redhook Longhammer IPA , Firestone Union Jack , Anchor Liberty Ale and many others at such low prices.

 If you aren't a beer drinker they also offer a 2 for 1 on well drinks , making them $3 each (normally $6) which is also a great deal for the area. Another nice thing about their happy hour is that it is daily (yes that means weekends too!) from Noon-7pm! In regards to food to soak up all that cheap booze you'll be drinking they also have a food menu. The menu has the standard bar fare such as fries, mozzarella sticks, hot wings, nachos for the most part. We tried the sweet potato fries and they came out great, served hot and with a side of chipotle ketchup. The bartender also mentioned that the menu will be changing soon.  We sat at the bar and the bartenders were friendly and attentive. There are also lot's of tables with couches and two other bars to sit at which was really nice.

Looking forward to visiting again sometime soon to try some more of their beers and food items. Their happy hour is definitely hard to beat,especially considering the wide range of beers available and the swanky environment to enjoy them in!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bäco Mercat

Went here around brunch time and it was packed. I suggest reservations. We did not have reservations however; the hostess at the front was very nice and kept checking to see if she could squeeze us in sooner than our 15 minute wait. And she did.... we only waited about 5 minutes and we were quickly seated and greeted once again by a friendly server. Their customer service is excellent. A little too excellent because they take away your plate so fast. It kind of made me nervous for how fast they remove your plate. LOL.

Amazing storefront.The decor was wonderful. It has architectural character. It was well lit with a "skylight" towards the back. They had these really cool vintage chairs that didn't look comfortable but they were extremely comfortable.

Ok, so lets get to the BOOZE part. For brunch they offer bloody mary's and mimosas however; they have a FULL BAR with different wine, draught beer, bottle & can beer, cocktails and spirits! Another interesting beverage is their baco pop (non-alcoholic). It contains orange, ginger and juniper soda. It was really sweet but refreshing. The only downfall was the water they brought to the table. It was warm and came in this glass container that looked really dusty on the outside. Just drink the Booze I guess and don't drink the water. Yikes!

baco pop!

As for the food. Since baco mercat is home of the "baco," the signature flatbread sandwich created by chef Josef Centeno.
We ordered the "el pesco" baco sandwich which was very tasty. It was crispy shrimp, sriracha and chive. It was very filling but I can honestly eat about 3 of them since they are so good and melted in my mouth... but that might be too much food to eat! We also, ordered a "con tomate" double crispy "coca" (crispy flatbread). It consisted of tomato, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. I enjoyed the flatbread. It tasted like a flour tortilla chip. It probably should have a tiny bit more sauce though.

"con tomate" double crispy

We will be back. There is still many more items we would like to try on the menu.