Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Parking: $6 w/ validation
Drink Deals: $3 Beer, $7 Featured Cocktail
Food Deals: $5 Featured Bar Bite
When I told a coworker that I was going to the Roosevelt Hotel for Happy Hour, he had a pretty strong reaction that they had no such thing. Obviously, he’s no fan of The Happy Hour Tour because then he would know that this historical Hollywood hotel has Happy Hour at 25 Degrees, Public Kitchen, and even at The Spare Room, home of the $100 bowling.
|Boom! Happy Hour proof.|
Every Wednesday night, The Spare Room features a seasonal $7 cocktail and a $5 bar bite. There’s also $3 beers and half-priced bowling, but the real draw is the cocktails. For spring, the featured cocktail is the Barbarossa, a black tea gin cocktail mixed with lemon juice, sugar, and cabernet. It is topped off with a Tarragon Meyer shrub and sweet & sour pickled peppadew pepper that. Those two additions made me feel like I should be sitting on the large porch of a Southern estate, gossiping with the ladies of Steel Magnolias. It’s nice to have a unique, refreshing cocktail on special because I might not be so adventurous to purchase the drink at the regular $14 pricing of all other cocktails.
|I was too busy enjoying the drink to get a prettier photo.|
For $5, the spring bar bite is a crispy falafel sandwich. I expected something that looks like it’s straight off the corner of a NYC vendor… not that there’s anything wrong with that. Instead, I received a nice presentation of 2 small sandwiches served taco style with a fresh serving of sweet potato chips. Rumor has it that the $5 lobster rolls from last year’s menu may be back soon!
Another plus to the deep dark bar, there’s a photo booth… hidden in the wall! I’m a sucker for a bar that has a photo booth so it’s another reason I’ve been so eager to check out Spare Room. When I couldn’t find the photo booth, I was a little worried that it was no longer there. The case was solved when one of the friendly lady bartenders came from around the bar to show me the hidden handle so I wouldn’t have to look like a pervert feeling up the wall. Once found, The Minty and I had a photo booth session. $5 gets you 2 strips!
All in all, I would definitely return to The Spare Room. Maybe I should place a friendly bet on whether or not there’s a happy hour here so I can score some free drinks!
Rating: 4 Martinis