Melrose Bar & Grill - CLOSED

8826 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Parking: $6.50 Valet, Metered street parking (free after 6 pm)

Monday – Friday, 4-7 pm, $3 beers, $5 martinis, margaritas, well drinks, wines by the glass, and select food items

Melrose Bar & Grill has plenty going for it: chill swank-meets-Midwest-cozy vibe, a charming staff of Aussie's, and local well-dressed regulars. The decor is homey and comfortable - with a fire place and nicely sectioned seating. The happy hour deals are okay bad, from Monday - Friday, 4-7 pm, $3 draft beers (normally $6), $5 martinis, margaritas, well drinks, and wines by the glass, and a limited selection of $5 appetizers - spicy chicken wings, cheese quesadilla, and eggrolls. But at the end of the day, I was not excited about the price of my bill for one glass of wine and what amounted to an order of chips with dip - $15 (with tax/tip). Granted, our $6 chips were not on the happy hour menu and we could've gone for the beer instead of the wine. And our bartender did warn us that our chips were just basically chips. The regular menu sounds great (albeit a little pricey), JG enjoyed the extremely tasty brownie sundae for $6.

All this said, neither of us were that wild about Melrose Bar & Grill. We didn’t love it, we didn’t hate it. And we’ve been to plenty to happy hours with similar deals so it may just be that the low-key vibe and having to ask for the food deals made us feel we should have gotten more bang for the buck. Given the bar's Melrose, west of Robertson, location in very nearly Beverly Hills, the pricing does makes sense. Also, the cozy scene would have been more fitting for a romantic date rather than a spot to catch up with a girlfriend.

We'd consider coming back, just need our Sugar-Daddy to bring us. Maybe on our way to STK!

Rating: 2.5 Martinis

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