West Hollywood has a new-ish cocktail bar called Holy Water. You might be familiar with the founders: actor Woody Harrelson, TV show host Bill Maher, and former tennis star John McEnroe. Holy Water shares a wall with the cannabis consumption lounge and retail shop the Woods, which Harrelson and Maher opened in 2022. Note: cannabis consumption is not allowed in the cocktail bar.
Though this bar has been in the works for years, the trio kept the late-October opening quiet while staff nailed down service. There are a handful of wines from California, Italy, France, and one from Maryland while $8 and $9 beers hail from both local and global producers. But this is a cocktail bar in a moody, low-lit room, so let’s get to it.
The room fits approximately 30 people, so intimate would be the best description with banquettes, high-top tables, couches, beautiful sets of lamps hanging from every corner. The bar is made with reclaimed wood. Each cocktail is $16 and there are only six on the menu. A zero-proof option is available, as well as one called the Screaming Viking with Hijos De Zoila mezcal, Mujen shochu, Pernod, cucumber, agave, and lime. One of the more simple offerings is the Autumn Drives mixing spiced Rittenhouse rye, amaro, and organic date syrup. But the dramatic Glass Half Full cocktail will certainly fill Instagram feeds with its custom glass and citrus holder which comes filled with Harmony gin, a non-alcoholic botanical called Optimist, aromatized wine, and elderflower.
Sweet Red Peach expands to Del Amo Mall
Inglewood’s popular bakery Sweet Red Peach is on an expansion path throughout the Southland. Owner Karolyn Plummer will open a third SoCal location on Friday, November 24 in the Del Amo Fashion Center. If you need a pie or dessert before Thanksgiving, order online for pick-ups at the original or Menifee locations.
Selling Sunset dining guide
Fans of Bravo’s reality real estate show Selling Sunset will love this Hollywood Reporter guide showing where the cast dined throughout LA. The list starts at season one and includes Lavo, Grandmaster Recorders, Crustacean, and Tesse.
Family-friendly Sundays in Santa Monica
On Sunday nights, the Georgian Room inside the Georgian Hotel will shift its steakhouse and jazz bar vibes into one that’s more family-friendly. Spaghetti Sundays runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every week, complete with red checkered tablecloths and a menu to match with garlic bread, meatballs, chicken and eggplant parmesan, branzino, and a New York strip steak. Reserve a table here.
Hart House Toy Drive
From November 21 to December 1, actor Kevin Hart’s restaurant Hart House will host a Holiday Toy Drive for the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. Drop new and unwrapped toys or gift cards for children aged K through 12 at one of the four SoCal locations and receive a free side dish and drink with the purchase of any entree. If anyone brings two toys and purchases a Hart House meal, one meal is free.