This vegan-friendly bar/restaurant along Sunset Blvd has taken over what was once an old Vaudeville theater, redesigned to feature lofty, vaulted ceilings and light fixtures that might have come from a dressing room. The emphasis here is California-made, namely wine, spirits and beer. Where tap dancing routines may have once been, an impressive fleet of 72 beers on tap—all from California brewers (save for one monthly featured out of state brewery)—are at your beck and call. Beer enthusiasts can grab a seat at the communal table or expansive bar. Snag a spot outdoors if you don’t mind the hum of Sunset; inside, head for a booth or the real aesthetic draw—the massive indoor brick fireplace, which sets a romantic dinner atmosphere in the spacious back room.
Good for: Groups and weekday dinner/drinks with friends. It's also fun to fly solo at the bar that faces the open kitchen with a custom-designed wood stone pizza oven. You might get a chance to chat baseball with executive chef Mike Garber as he plates the signature dish: Buffalo Style Cauliflower with vegan "bleu cheese" dressing ($7). Or just sip your beer and take in the action while snacking on perfectly crisped sweet potato fries with maple chipotle aioli ($6).
The scene: A super casual crowd with no dress code and plenty of spatially appropriate options are perfect for small and large groups.
The playlist: Brunch on weekends is a must when a live jazz band performs in the back room.
The bartender says: The dynamic and attentive staff help navigate the extensive beer list or suggest a seasonally appropriate cocktail.
Drink this: The menus change with a constantly rotating beer list—easy on the wallet too with no beer more than $6.50—and seasonal cocktails all made with spirits from California craft distillers. Try the Hot Dutchman ($11.50) made with gin, fresh lemon juice, housemade cilantro-chile syrup and egg whites. There are also a few options for wine on tap, like Napa Valley Trefethen Chardonnay ($11).
|Venue name:||Mohawk Bend||Contact:|
2141 W Sunset Blvd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu noon-11:30pm, Fri noon-1:30am, Sat 9:30am-1:30am, Sun 9:30am-11:30pm|
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Loved the ambiance and the customer service. This is a great place to hang out, and I like how it is open late. Wasn't too crazy about the food (subpar french fries) but the pizzas looked delicious so I will be going back for that!
Mohawk Bend is a really solid to bring out-of-towners to make them think that LA is maybe pretty normal. There’s something on the menu for everyone and lots of good brews. The food isn’t incredible, but the atmosphere is lively and enjoyable.
Before this pizza/beer haven won over my stomach, this building used to be a shuttered movie theatre on Sunset. It looks beautiful inside. There's a small outdoor seating area with a fireplace, booths/tables and bar inside, but my favorite area is the very back with high ceilings and natural light. This back area is also where the live jazz band plays during weekend brunch. You can't fail with their thin crust pizzas—I love their "Breakfast All Day" pizza which has sunny side up eggs cracked on top. Because the place is huge, the wait isn't terrible even during busy times.
I fell hard for Mohawk Bend's buffalo cauliflower (uh, who hasn't?) and tried to replicate it at home. But I couldn't. And I haven't found buffalo cauliflower that I love as much since, despite ordering it at other restaurants every chance that I get. I could come here and eat plates of this dish for lunch (life goals!). They have a fantastic beer selection, too, and it's a solid place to stop by for drinks with friends or maybe a date. Unfortunately, I haven't been totally sold on the rest of their menu, but sometimes all I need in life is buffalo cauliflower and beer.