After all that Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, consider kicking back with some brews and bites at W Los Angeles‘ new happy hour at The Backyard, or cocktails and afternoon tea at BLVD 16 at Hotel Palomar.
Featuring beers from L.A.’s own Angel City Brewery and Bavarian-inspired comfort food from Executive Chef Dakota Weiss, The Backyard’s happy hour — offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. — is set poolside in a cozy, heated tent at the W hotel in Westwood, creating a winter beer garden for us Angelenos.
Here’s the menu:
*Beer nuts ($3)
*Potato pancakes with sour cream, chives and sweet mustard ($5)
–With Kobe hot dogs ($8)
*Waffle bites ‘n stout herbed gravy ($6)
–With duck confit ($7)
–With short rib ($8)
*Daily sausage with trio of mustards ($6)
*Housemade pickles ($3)
Everything is made in-house, including the mustards. Make sure to try the sausage special (the house made mustards are great), waffle with one of the tender meats, and potato pancakes with the Kobe beef hot dogs.
At BLVD 16, also in Westwood, take an afternoon break with some tea, mini sandwiches and sweets, available from 3 to 5 p.m. with 24 hour notice ($27 per person).
*Sweet & savory sandwiches
–Cucumber: cream cheese dill aioli, watercress salad, lemon vinaigrette
–Prosciutto: sliced red onion, avocado, fig aioli
–Peanut butter: house marmalade, banana
*Pastries and sweets
–House seasonal scones with clotted cream, fruit preserves
–Butter tea cookies with house marmalade
–Chocolate covered strawberries
*Selection of Mighty Leaf teas
*Choice of bubbly ($10)
The scones are nice with clotted cream, and the prosciutto sandwich offers a nice savory balance to the sweetness of the cookies and marmalade.
If you’re here on a Tuesday, check out the Trees on Tuesdays cocktail menu ($9 each) featuring Greenbar distillery spirits. For every drink sold off this menu, Greenbar will plant a tree.
*Sittin’ Pretty: Tru vodka, Fair goji berry liqueur, Marie Brizard triple sec, fresh lime juice
*Barbados Winter: Crusoe spiced rum, Velvet Falernum, Aperol, fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice, clove syrup
*Herbal Remedy: Tru gin, green Chartreuse, Bar Keep lavender bitters, lavender flowers, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup
Note: These tastings were hosted.