10.28.2009

Essex Public House - CLOSED

6683 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.460.6608
www.essexhollywood.com
www.twitter.com/essexhollywood

Parking: $10 Valet (starts at 7:30pm); very, very limited street parking
Daily, 4-7pm, $4 draft beer, well drink, & glasses of wine; $7 select specialty drinks; and $4-7 food served at this Hollywood Blvd. hang out for the locals.

*UPDATE: Starting Tuesday, April 6th - Monday-Wednesday, There will be a reverse happy hour from 10pm-2am
On Wednesday nights, there will be $2 pints from 8pm - close
For some time now, we’ve wanted to check out Essex Public House, a new gastro pub right in the heart of Hollywood. It was nice to know that our neighborhood bar options have increased since Hollywood desperately needed to get over itself with the club madness. It’s such a relief to be able to walk right in a place without having to explain how many girls are in a party only to find a bunch of d-bags inside. Doormen, lists, & lines are soooo 2003.

The host walked us in; only to tell us that we could sit anywhere we want. Surprised that it needed a host at all, we’d be curious to see how busy it gets. We’ve heard much about the happy hour and game time so we were surprised to see the crowd be more date, less mixer. It’s not a terrible place to bring a date (we certainly wouldn’t have any complaints), but interesting that so many couples was there. The only people who appeared not to be on a date were a family of 3 and a tall, lanky version of Mario & Luigi, complete with the mustaches. Needless to say, this happy hour is definitely one to catch up with a friend or two, not a group.

We were slightly disappointed that there weren’t more specialty cocktails on special. The special is in the well
drinks, wine, & beers. This J was looking forward to the Blackberry Fizz, only to find out it was not on special. I settled for The Mexican (aka a margarita) while the other J got The Southside (aka a mojito). The drinks were good, but not necessarily a specialty cocktail. Sometimes you just gotta call a spade a spade.
While the drinks were average, the food is definitely worth writing home about, or the very least this review. The happy hour menu includes a number of salads, appetizers, burgers, & pizzas from $4-7. While everything sounded delicious, it took us a while to decide what we wanted because the choices didn’t really go together when looking to pair & share with a friend. We finally decided to go for the market chop salad and the chorizo pizza. The pizza was amazing! The market chop salad was very generous size for $4, but it turned out to be too good to be true. When our bill came, we were charged $7, even though the menu said $4. Our server was nice enough to make the adjustment, citing that they had changed the price to $7 that day. A price change on Friday of a M-F happy hour? Kinda odd.

We would probably only return to this happy hour for a date or when craving the chorizo pizza. However, we would check it out again during off happy hour time to see what large crowd it draws.
Rating: 3.5 Martinis
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