Hollywood has a new cocktail bar on its hands. Playfully known as Lost Property, the smallish speakeasy-style drink space has taken over the back bar area of 33 Taps, the massive, if touristy, beer bar on the corner of Hollywood and Vine.
Helmed by barman Jeremy Lake, who most recently spent time at Crossroads after stints with Julian Cox at places like Rivera, Lost Property seeks to be the neighborhood's answer to some of the great whiskey bars elsewhere in town. "The eventual goal is to have a very nice, unique whiskey collection. I already have a nice selection, but we want to get into really rare, lost bottles of whiskey." Of course, there will still be a full bar and accompanying craft cocktail menu for those that don't wish to simply sip on whiskey all night.
The bar's other big hook helps explain the name: guests are welcome to come in and take any of the many assorted baubles and tchotchkes that give the room its color, without the need to replace the item with something of their own. Just start grabbing, and management will fill in the gaps with new trinkets as needed. Guests can even claim something for a friend, and the bar will hold onto it until that person comes in for a drink.
Similarly, there's an eventual plan to sell whole bottles of rare or one-off booze, with the ability to keep the bottle behind the bar for future sips, until it's gone. That means guests can pay for a bottle of whiskey that they may not be able to find anywhere else, then -- minus a small corkage fee -- have the Lost Property team keep that bottle on hand, until the bottle is gone.
The other usual Hollywood bar tropes still apply, of course, like weekend DJs. Still, Lost Property seems like a fine place to grab a drink before a show at the Pantages. And with the reemergence of the Power House as a cocktail hall at the other end of the Walk of Fame, it seems like there's more than enough drinks to go around.
Lost Property is open Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
1704 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90028