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1886 is a classy bar located in the beautiful cozy cottage-like restaurant called the Raymond Restaurant. You can easily miss it while driving if you're not paying attention to your gps.
PARKING: Street parking (very narrow) or if you're lucky, behind the restaurant (limited). No valet.
SERVICE: Our server was knowledgable about the cocktails we asked about. She also recommended one that's not on the menu for my boyfriend who loves whiskey. From what i've seen and read, it seems like the service here could be a hit or miss. Our neighbor decided not to order food because of the wait.
AMBIENCE: Dim, cozy, chill, classy. There's an outdoor patio outside if there's no room inside.
:: The Smoking Jacket ::
l LOVE theatrical presentations. The bartender poured the drink into a glass full of maple wood smoke (smells like campfire) topped it with orange-vanilla ash. It's a glass of Irish whiskey with tobacco bitters. This is not on the menu. I liked it because the whiskey had a subtle sweetness from the bitters.
:: Bonita Applebum ::
Fresh pear, amaro nonino, apple jack and lemon. The waitress recommended this because I wanted something sweet and refreshing. I couldn't taste the alcohol but I did get drunk off of it on an empty stomach. You could taste the sweet pear with a citrus after taste.
WHAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION:
I found out that they serve 2 very unique cocktails.
:: Cake cocktail:: Table next to me ordered the freshly baked chocolate cake bite topped with bourbon icing with a shot of White Russian... It sounded grander than it looked.
:: Cucumber cocktail :: they serve cocktail in a hallowed out cucumber with salted rims.
WHAT THEY NEED TO BRING BACK (our server agrees):
The snowman cocktail!!! looks like a creamy cocktail topped with a round ice cream ball decorated to look like frosty the snowman.
I'm def coming back to try their other cocktails.
I got so excited when I stepped into this hidden gem in hollywood!!!! THANK GOD the long line we saw from across the street wasn't for Hemingway Lounge but the club next door. We walked right into the bar.
A group of us went on a Thursday night bar-hop-venture and this was our first stop. Wasn't expecting to step into a room covered with bookshelves and vintage type writer. It's been a while since I was wow'd by an interior because I usually know what to expect thanks to my addiction to yelp.
- Felt like i was in a classy vintage-y library, with lots of space to lounge with a big group of people on a weeknight.
- artsy displays of typewriters on the wall
- the first room you walk into seems like it's the smoking area
- i think we stood out because we were the only asian (plus Matt P. crowd) peeps
- def did not like that one drink with absinthe in it BLEH
- Garden of Eve was fruity and sweet, can't taste the alcohol
- the bartendar made something special and not on the menu for my sister, all I know is it had peach snapp and I WANT MORE OF IT.
- i think it was a mix of 90s and edm, sadly no one was dancing....except 2 drunkies from our group
Guess I got lucky and had a great experience at Lock & Key.
Been wanting to check this place out for a while but didn't care to got somewhere that EVERYBODY was talking about... waiting in line to walk through the hidden door seemed less magical.
Our group got to take our time to look for the right door knob to enter the lounge. The place wasn't crowded yet and we scored a booth (*note: gratuity is included if you get booth service).
- Our service was good. 3.5 stars. Wish she pointed out that gratuity was included in our check when she dropped it off.
- Angry Bird: They tasted like those yummy popcorn chicken sandwiched with hawaiian bread. You only get 3, seemed a bit pricey... but I think this is the most popular one on the menu.
- GB (garlic butter) Fries: yum, covered in butter. It's a decent size to share with 2-3 people.
- PB&J deep fried bread dessert: bf said it tasted like funnel cake. It tasted like donut with peanut butter to me. Pretty huge.
- Torpedo: Can't taste the alcohol! Fruity (with egg white!) and you can taste the ginger beer. The popular drink?
- My boyfriend got some stiff cocktails. I'm glad I didn't order Shady...something. I do recommend it if you like something stiff with whiskey.
honeycut i like you :)
:: WHY? ::
- friendliest bouncer i've ever met
- fancy ($11-$15) crafted-ish cocktails
- dance floor that lights up
- 2 rooms: dance room with old school groovy music and a loungey room that smells like speakeasy (idk y, i've been to several "speakeasy" and that place had that smell... yes I am weird)
- sorta hidden entrance in the alley
- not-so-strict dress code unless a man wears shorts
- i got lucky and getting in + getting booze wasn't as long as expected (we showed up around 10:45 ish)
:: why you don't get 5 stars ::
- Small place, surprisingly I went on a not-so-busy night so i didn't get as claustrophobic
- Fancy expensive cocktails/shots are pre-made so the bartender just pours it for you...an d takes a shot with you.
- If the cocktails are pre-made then it shouldn't take that long to get drinks.
- only two bathroom stalls.
- strawberry cream (homemade soda) with cognac: no, dont get it. Taste like soda water with subtle sweetness and cognac
- overpass ( fireball candy flavored with jameson) $7: good deal good shot
- under "classy as fuck" catham cocktail: friggin strong....ack
- under "pick me up" sun also rises (sherry, rum, marachino lqiour, grapefruit and lime juice): citrus and strong $15 tasted better than it smelled.
- each room has a different cocktail menu, dance floor is cheaper.
- dance room and other room has a piano and a pool table
I will be back :)
This is me being corny but I can't help it. 366 days ago i went to my first yelp event (which is this one), I met my very first yelp elite friend who became my best friend.
Little did I except a Filipino guy running around with kitchen utensils wearing a santa beard and an apron will become a big part of my life. My heart has been smiling everyday since then because of him and I definitely gained happy yelper weight.
k the end :P
Oh man, best katsudon (deep-fried pork cutlet, eggs and condiments) I've ever had. That hint of citrus yuzu on that pork is just perfect for my taste buds. Its so good that it distracts me from what this place is known for, their white soba.
Soba is great. Love how it doesn't leave me with a weird after taste. Once you're done they give u water boiled from soba to drink out of your dipping cup (it's nutitrious).
SHIRATAMA: Mochi with red beans and dried fruit. Shiratama was yummy til the hidden dried apricot fruit threw me off.
FLAN: All I can say is my flan-enthusiast sister approves.
MISO SOUP: Nothing amazing.
PARKING: The mini parking lot behind the shop... Don't be an ass and park next door behind the Mexican bar. There are plenty of street parking as well.
TIP: Show up super early. There's always a wait. The restaurant is small.
Needed to kill some time to avoid driving home through the horrendous traffic on a holiday weekend.
LOVE was on my bucket list so I managed to convince my friends to watch it with me. It was pricey but worth the experience!
LOVE has a special spot in my heart. My ex boss had their soundtrack on repeat for several days at work while I worked on The Beatles illustration for a client. Usually people get sick of it but the more I listened to it the more the band grew on me.
The music was eargasmic and nostalgic. The performance was top notch (of course) and so much was going on I couldn't catch everything that happened on that circular stage.
The show is pretty long and I did get a little sleepy in the end. I was smiling that entire time. So glad I finally got to see it!
Tip: bring a jacket
I'm a scaredy cat... But I'm fascinated with knotts creative mazes. I hate things jumping out at me!!!! I think I'm also lacking the adrenaline I use to have years ago from roller coasters and free falls... After few fast roller coasters and free falls, I was so alert hat I was less scared off the monsters.
The roller coasters and the free fall was actually fun. But I still lacked the excitement I use to have...
We got the fast lane tickets, which saved us a lot of time to ride all the big roller coasters and go through all 12 mazes. Make sure to get the right fast pass tickets!!!! We accidentally got the fast pass for RIDES not the mazes. Luckily the manager was around to let us pay the extra $20 difference for the right one.
Skeleton key: for people with fast pass. I think 6 of the mazes had bonus rooms. They're not mazes, just rooms with people making a theatrical scene to hype you up for the maze. I loved it a lot. Pretty intimate and some are sort of interactive.
Mirror maze: is interesting but I'm glad I didn't wait in line for this. It's a room full of mirrors and they make you go in circles til the time is up then opens another door so you could leave.
Black magic: my favorite maze! Make sure to look for Houdini near the exit! This was also my favorite bonus room.
Trapped: $60 for up to 6 people. We were on stand by so we got in without making a reservation. It's interactive and each room has a really easy puzzle. I heard last year had less rooms but the stuff they made you do were disturbing. If you have a spider phobia then I don't recommend this.
Forevermore, vampire, Pinocchio and Butcher: the rooms were creative.
Delirium: Classic. Not sure what it's about but I liked the theme
Mining ride: waste of time. No witches popping out at all.
Log ride: just a log ride. No more riding hood :(
Truck or treat: the playful one with lots of colors and witches.
There were two other mazes but forgot what it's called. One had cool ginormous robots in them with loud metal music. Another one was the least scariest that's near the entrance with the cowboy theme.
Parking: free street parking
My memory was slightly blurry the end of the night I came here. Few soju shots later I realized we kept ordering more and more food. It was pretty damn good.
You can't really find this place unless you could read Korean. I found Byul Pocha thanks to my lovely alcoholic ( :P ) friend who frequents this place. It's located in a plaza on the corner.
If you're a foodie photo whore like me then I would recommend the watermelon balls. They're pretty refreshing after drinking shots of soju.
Had good expectation for a place with great ratings and $$$.
My sister made a reservation here for her birthday at least a week in advance. We showed up on time and the hostess mentioned that she gave the table away but she ll put together a table for us. In the meanwhile, she suggested that we wait on a couch and she ll take our drink order and get our table ready ASAP.
30 minutes later, no drink order no table. How hard is it to push two tables together? We stared at several empty clean tables wondering why it's taking so long. The place didn't seem busy. We know we weren't under dressed compared to the other people who were eating here.
Finally the hostess set or table and a server seated us. No "thank you for waiting" nor an "I'm so sorry for the wait". They knew we waited for a while but after they seated us we waited even more. Sister clearly tried to get their attention by keeping her hand up and making eye contacts.
Got frustrated so we got up and left.
I've been a server for over 6 years so I was irritated the most in the group. I'm pretty understanding. I won't be this pissed If the room is busy and I see the severs running around... If I could give this place a zero instead of 1 star I totally would.
Not worth spending $$$ at this place.
The owner also created Beckman.
I wasn't too fond of the wine. I'm really not a wino so I'll yelp about my experience.
Location is welcoming thanks to Shawndra (cannot spell) and air conditioned. She was socialable and she recommend us a few places to check out. Service in wine tasting does make a big difference.
NOTE: this place moved to the corner where the flag pole is!
WINE&CUPCAKE PAIRING??? YESSS PLEASEEEEE!!!
Thank goodness I stalk my yelp elite friend, Muy S., on facebook! I suggested this place to my sister and she wanted to go as well. This place is located on the busy street of los olives next to Enjoy Cupcake (where they get the cupcakes).
First you buy the cupcakes then walk over to the bar. They'll give you a list of the wines you'll be tasting and you start with the lightest cupcake (in our case it was the honey tangerine).
:: CUPCAKE ::
(6 for $10) you can't choose what you want:
- s'mores stuffed cheescake
- Honey tangerine
- Chocolate blackberry syrah
- Chocolate Pumpkin spice with pecan (loved)
- Vanilla Mango
- Salted Caramel Ginger Snap (my favorite)
:: PROS ::
:: CON ::
- Service wasn't bad but it could have been better, I guess showing up a little before busy hour wasn't enough time for them to be social with us.
:: TIP ::
4 of us shared 1 flight of cupcakes and that was enough to satisfy us.
Overall it was a fun experience. The name of the wines were creative, brotherhood, bride, groom, uncles (?), etc. I wasn't too fond of the wine though :/ most of them went into the bucket.
YES! Port tasting!!! YUM! So glad their next door neighbor pointed us to this direction.
- their $10 port tasting
- the mascot cross-eyed-gorgeous-kitty that we didn't get to meet
- the friendly staff
- the yummy chocolate chips to reset our palette
Small store on los olives with a relaxing backyard.