7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Public Kitchen & Bar
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Parking: $6 Valet at the Roosevelt Hotel, $2 parking at Hollywood & Highland (w/ validation)
Drink Deals: $5 Well Drinks, Beers, House Wines, and Cocktail of the Week
Food Deals: $5 Appetizer of the Week plus and a fantastic selection of $5 Sides
The ultimate classic-cool Hollywoodland hotel, The Hollywood Roosevelt, is a one-stop Happy Hour Tour destination! For starters, you can begin by sipping drinks poolside at the Tropicana Bar, home to sugar-honey-babies in stylish swimsuits and fedoras. No Happy Hour, but you gotta love the views. Then from 3-6pm any day of the week , you can mosey on over to 25 Degrees where you can grab a cool beer or glass of wine and a mondo helping of French fries and onion rings for under $10. Still hungry and/or thirsty? Cross the Roosevelt’s old-world Spanish decorated hotel lobby and visit the Public Kitchen and Bar where Happy Hour runs from 3-7pm, Monday-Friday.
Happy Hour in this huge, beautiful loft-style dining room happens only at the bar area and features $5 well drinks, beers, select wines by the glass, Cocktail of the Week, and Appetizer of the Week. The one appetizer special may seem pretty limited, especially given the pricier non-Happy Hour appetizers ($8-13) and entrees ($14-26). However, we’ll let you in on a secret: find the slightly hidden $5 Sides portion menu and check out the delectable gourmet fare and you’re set for a fine budget dinner!
On my most recent visit, I started with a glass of the Happy Hour-priced Chardonnay, slightly afraid of the Happy Hour drink special, the Kentucky Brunch – featuring one of my un-favorite liquor drinks, whiskey, mixed with the more palatable (to me) apricot marmalade, lemon, and egg white. Kitty Packard proved a little more adventurous and ordered the Kentucky Brunch. Of course I had to sample it and when I did, I was so darn impressed that I ordered it for Drink #2!
Three Cheese Fritters ($5), Parker House Rolls ($5)
Roasted Wild Mushrooms ($5) & Tomatoes Roasted on the Vine ($5)
For our dinner of sides, we started with the delicious $5 Appetizer of the Week – Chickpea and Three Cheese Fritters with zatar aioli –and added the rich Parker House Rolls and $5 sides of Tomatoes Roasted on the Vine (warm & juicy), Roasted Wild Mushrooms (savory & juicy) and Braised Seasonal Greens (greeny & juicy). The food, even these simple sides, is sublime and I wholeheartedly endorse creating a dinner of them if you’re on a budget.
Now, if you’re still feeling like continuing the Happy Hour fun, we say wait until 11pm, when you can head back to 25 Degrees for their new Late Happy Hour on Sunday-Thursday. In the meantime, you can always stop by the Roosevelt’s Teddy’s Nightclub, Library Bar, and the Spare Room (with its own vintage bowling lanes!).
Hooray for Hollywood!
Rating: 3.5 Martinis