Friday, November 19, 2010

The best Hollywood HH at The Well

That's a bold statement, I know. The best HH in Hollywood. Really? I stand by my statement.
1) Happy hour runs till 9pm! That means you don't have to rush over after work, and you can take your time ordering. You don't have to order 5 dishes and double up on drinks at 6.59pm.

2) There are many drink specials during happy hour including wine, cocktails, well drinks and beers. I was impressed that they offered craft beers such as Affligem and Delirium Tremens.

3) The happy hour food menu is extensive and priced under $10. There's something for everyone. You have typical fried fare (french fries, rings), healthy options (salads), Mexican grub (tacos, taquitos), and more substantial plates (burgers, sandwiches).

4) The space is fairly large so you can always find a spot to sit at. There's a large wraparound bar in the center and lots of couch seating against the wall. The prime spot is at the bar, where service will be faster.

Mixed up bowl - French fries, sweet potato fries, seasoned fries & onion rings ($5)
Why get an order of fries or rings if you can get a combination of all their fried food. This is the perfect dish if you can't decide between fries or rings. It was quite a sizable portion and wasn't too greasy.

Steamed vegetable pot stickers with hoisin and sweet chili sauce ($6)
A healthier option to balance out the fried fare. It's nothing special. This is like your typical Trader Joe's frozen dumplings. I have no issue with it, I've got a similar bag in my freezer.

Beef short rib taco with spicy BBQ sauce ($3)
The shredded beef was tender and well marinated with a very spicy sauce. It was surprisingly quite filling because there was a lot of beef on the taco.

Bacon wrapped Smokies with BBQ mustard ($5)
Surprisingly my favorite dish of the night. These pigs in a blanket were an awesome bite. The smoked sausage was wrapped with perfectly crispy bacon, and served with tangy mustard sauce.

The crowd really runs the gamut from young to old. When I first got to the bar at 6pm, there were about 6 other people, all elderly gentlemen, in pairs. By the time I left at 11pm, there were probably another 30 people. All late 20s-30s, low key Hollywood crowd. There was only one bartender for most of the night and she definitely had her hands full. Often times, she would be deep in conversation with select patrons while ignoring everyone else. I saw many people trying to flag her down but she would barely look in their direction. Aside from the service issue, this is a stellar happy hour option. The drinks and food are well priced and you really can't beat a happy hour that ends at 9pm. I also like that The Well is mellow. It's not your sceney Hollywood crowd. It's dark, chill, they play awesome rock music and they also have a jukebox in the corner.

Hits: prices, ends late, not too crowded.
Misses: service
Rating: ***

The Well
1536 Argyle Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-9355


Diana said...

From the Bocuse D'or dinner at Providence to bacon-wrapped smokies at the Well. Niiiice. ;)

Banana Wonder said...

Oh man, I would love to.... try ever single cocktail on the list there :) And now you got me hankering for some bacon wrapped smokies, which is uncharacteristic of me, but damn they sounds so good!

bagnatic said...

that is a bold statement. i'm there!

stuffycheaks said...

Diana - LOL yeah.. I don't discriminate! Unless its against cheese, olives, tomatoes, avocado, pickles.. the list goes on :)

Anna - At those prices, you could most def try the whole menu. I heard the bartender makes a stiff drink too!

Bagnatic - its "The Best" cuz it ends at 9pm (more drinks for me!!)