A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Mid-Century Industrial in this bewitching hardware store turned restaurant/bar. Set on Santa Monica in West Hollywood, between Fairfax and North Crescent Heights, it joins the nearby Surly Goat, Voyeur, Baby Blues BBQ, Fubar, French Quarter, and The Hudson as a source of nightlife in eastern West Hollywood. Laurel Hardware is ideal for a romantic drink or two, but not, despite it’s former heritage, a place to get hammered.
view from inside Laurel Hardware of the back patio
The impact of the restaurant is in its ability to achieve a variety of intimate spaces. From room to room, the series of nooks create a sensuous flow and a unique personality. Starting at the entrance, an open area filled with floor-to-ceiling windows to the street where foodies rejoice in grilled peaches with ricotta, honeycomb, and olive oil, Hardware ebbs into the chic den of a lounge with a dimly lit modern industrial bar abutting a row of booths lit with hanging Edison lights. The space grows into a set back seating area, a warm and cozy cave, where one can view a twinkling garden filled with glowing bulbs and greenery. This is a space full of potential: the chance for a casual but romantic dinner in the front, LA nightlife in the back, and a momentary escape from it all in the open-air garden.
The bar offers cooling concoctions like “the Gangster”: Rain Cucumber Vodka with fresh watermelon juice over crushed ice. Eschewing the traditional offerings of Anheuser-Busch, Laurel Hardware instead offers their patrons Magic Hat, Blue Moon, and other top notch beers on draft. Beers start at $7, wines start at $8, and cocktails will set you back $12, making it comparable to local favorites Bar Lubitsch and Jones.
your bill arrives inside of field notes, a guestbook of sorts
An American menu with a simple layout of snacks, small plates, pizzas, and dessert is sure to hit your late-night taste buds, but the best deal seems to be sitting at the bar and splitting a pizza with someone you know well or someone you’d like to know a little bit better.
Laurel Hardware: add. 7984 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 tel. (323) 656-6070 $$$