Pacific Design Center
700 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Parking: Pacific Design Center Lot (RedSeven validates for 90 minutes, parking is normally $1.25/20 minutes); metered street parking on Melrose and San Vincente (should be free after 6 pm, but double-check, we don't want your ass complaining about a ticket!)
Thursday nights only, 5-8 pm, $3 beers and wines by the glass, $2-4 appetizers
Deep in the beautiful depths of the Pacific Design Center lurks a bar that’s very hard to find from the Melrose entrance. As you walk the expansive quiet marble hall, you might find yourself feeling like you’re on the way to meet the Wizard in the merry old land of Oz. But instead of a scary old man that gives you what you had all along, what awaits you is a modern Wolfgang Puck bar-restaurant with some pretty good, albeit somewhat limited, deals on Thursday nights.
Normally open only for lunch, RedSeven has been offering a Happy Hour on Thursday nights for a little while now. Wines by the glass and Budweiser and Amstel Lights go for $3 while fun drinks – the Blush Martini (Bossa Nova Red Peach and Vodka), Vanilla Rum & Coke, and Macho Mango (Bossa Nova Mango and Tequila) – are $4. Happy hour bites range from $2-4 and are comprised of edamame, garlic fries, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Crisp w/ Peanut-Butter Miso, and the Half-Spicy Tuna Roll.
As this J (JB in the house, ya’ll) is finding her vegetarian path (maybe a future G&T4TS!), I’ve become somewhat of a happy hour french fry and edamame connoisseur. Those items here were standardly tasty. I also enjoyed the Blush Martini, which tasted like the juice in canned peaches with a touch of liquor. Big Brother (see below) and Sis-in-Law (aka the Beer Maestros) and her Sis were all visiting and they seemed to enjoy the Baby Back Ribs just fine.
The bar was pretty quiet; it’s nice and spacious so groups were rather far apart, which can be either good or bad depending on the kind of experience you’re looking for. However, the service was phenomenal, which was welcome after it took us 45 minutes to not receive our crab-cakes at an uncharacteristically unhappy Belmont Happy Hour. At RedSeven, we made friends with two servers and a bartender, even doing a round of tequila shots with them. I luckily dodged this with the Designated Driver card!
So while quietude and somewhat limited choices reign, we’d definitely consider this spot for a Thursday after-work group gathering (lord knows there’s space!) or just a nice grown-up place to chill out and have a cocktail and some damn French fries and edamame!
Rating: 3 Martinis (for being open only one day!)