Harlowe

Bars, Cocktail bars West Hollywood
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Harlowe

As is the case with all 1933 Group bars, stepping inside Harlowe is a little like going back in time. At this West Hollywood spot, it's to the golden era of Hollywood, where an old soda fountain replaces pop with booze. The floor is French Moroccan tile, the beer taps are custom, the steel stools are repurposed, and everything is bathed in a sepia glow from the vintage light fixtures overhead. Portraits of ladies you won't recognize and a slew of turn-of-the-century knickknacks are meant to spark conversation. It's the sort of thing the team behind Sassafras and Oldfield's has down pat—that, and a solid post-prohibition drink program. Slick-haired mixologists in seersucker aprons serve Sazeracs in bottles and Old Fashioneds on draft, so find your seat in the roomy joint and stay awhile.

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Good for: A local spot to unwind on a weeknight with friends. Unlike most bars in West Hollywood, Harlowe has managed to avoid being overrun with crowds—at least for now. The homey watering hole offers plenty of seating, with an ample outdoor patio for larger groups. Want to impress your new boo? Grab a marble-top table and flirt over candlelight with a few bottled G&Ts featuring housemade tonic.

The scene: It's easy to miss the old-fashioned edifice plopped along a quiet stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, but that's the way Harlowe's patrons like it. You'll find less nightclubbers and more locals at this cozy and dim-lit lounge. Yes, there's plenty of red lips and tight dresses, but the music is turned low and the drinks are prepared slow, so guests keep fairly quiet and to themselves.

The playlist: The old-timey vibe isn't just aesthetic. The music (if you can even hear it) is big band and '30s jazz, and only amplifies the bar interior's vintage charm.

Bartender says: Forget cocktails made to order: Harlowe has mastered the art of pre-made classics. And if you're skeptical, you shouldn't be. Bottled libations, ranging from the G&T (gin & tonic) to the Pisco Punch are all $12, and use fresh-squeezed juices, in-house infusions, homemade shrubs and fresh seasonal ingredients from the Culver City Farmers Market. The result is accelerated booze that's flavorful to boot.

Drink this: NYC's premiere cocktailian Dushan Zaric (Employees Only) has carefully crafted a number of apertif-style potations, both stirred and boozy. Perhaps the most adventurous of them all is the savory Green Acre ($14) made with Kalamata olive jus and served with a side of feta cheese. It's basically a fancy dirty martini. Imbibers with a sweet tooth should opt for the tiki-inspired Shandy Koufax ($14) with Cana Brava rum, a bitter orange amaro, pineapple syrup, fresh lemon, and the kicker—a California IPA. On Sundays, when brunch is served from 11am-3pm, the Wakey, Wakey ($14) is a solid way to start the day, with bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup, Cynar, egg and coffee dust.

By: Danielle Jacoby

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Venue name: Harlowe
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Address: 7321 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles
90046
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-2am; Sun 11am-3pm; 5pm-2am
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Lori A
tastemaker

Easily the most fun bar in WeHo-- it has something for everyone. If you like to dance without the pretentiousness of going to a fancy club in Hollywood this place is it. If you prefer to chill by the bar with a solid cocktail, this place is great for that as well. Just get here early! The line is always nuts. But once you're inside, it's bound to be a great time. 



Nikita S
tastemaker

Weho HOT SPOT. Love this bar, has a really fun vibe, awesome DJ, and delicious drinks. Can be a line if you arrive after 10pm on weekend nights. Bouncers are strict so don't get too messy ;)

Lisa m Perez

I love prohibition era bars. Bartenders at Harlowe are hit or miss. I have dealt with extremely kind bartenders that will assist me as soon as possible or ones where I will wait 20 minutes while bartender is doing "busy work" before attending to me. However, ambiance and music are always exceptional!!! Arrive early to avoid lines. Packed house on Friday and Saturday nights.

Erin Kuschner
moderator

Harlowe has been a little hit or miss for me. On a weekday night, the staff isn't as friendly, and sometimes I've come in, sat at the bar, and haven't been spoken to for 20 minutes. Other times I've come for a friend's party and had a blast. The drinks, for the most part, are quite good though, so it's worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood!

Haley S.
tastemaker

Dark and richly furnished, this bar feels like a giant speakeasy you'd find somewhere in NOLA.  In the couple of years that's it been open, the menu has changed several times, so it's hard to make recommendations, but all cocktails are well made and delicious.  Watch out for sporadic live music--the space is large and sound echos, so if you come on such a night for your intimate date night or meetup with a coworker, you aren't going to have a good time.