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Recently a coworker suggested we hit up this inclusive little spot located at 6280 Hollywood Blvd for some small bites and cocktails as an end-of-the-work-week-treat. I had been meaning to venture into this seemingly small eatery since it opened this past February, but hadn't yet taken the time to do so.
The location is to boot to say the least! Wood and Vine sits right across the street from the Pantages Theatre and is just a stone's throw away from the most famous intersection in the country; Hollywood & Vine. So whether you're in the market for a place to dine before a show or just looking for a lounge to grab a drink before heading out to the clubs, the location is certainly one that can't be beat.
From the outside, Wood & Vine looks small and to be honest, a person could easily walk right past if without a second thought. It's located in the old Taft building and from the outside still encompasses that old-Hollywood vibe, but as soon as you walk in the door the "old" feeling is surprisingly new. The long, polished wood bar with matching lounge tables all beautifully up-to-date are simple yet striking. It feels intimate inside this front area, like a hidden local's spot that hasn't yet been run-down from over-use. If a more populated atmosphere is what you we're hoping to find, you're in luck as upstairs a mezzanine full of cozy leather lounge chairs and tables sits open and perfect for socializing and private parties. Both areas are unique, but in my personal opinion, both are outshined by the outdoor patio area on the ground level. My coworker and I sat in the patio under the warmth of the heat lamp and took in the serene yet hip feel to this perfectly lit and fantastically decorated area to kick off our weekend. The patio sits nestled in between the buildings around it, making the whole area intimate, however, having the naked sky above you, gives it an outdoorsy element as well.
The menu is not as diverse as the areas you have the choice to sit in. It consists of smalls plates (tapas style) that change with the seasons and offers many selections perfect for those with a more curious palate. Grilled beef tongue and chicken liver moose for those with a more eclectic taste and potato gnocchi, melon salad and flat-iron steak for those of us with less adventurous taste-buds. Anyone a fan of seafood must try the grilled scallops as they were so amazing I ordered two plates of them to myself! Although limited, salads, seafood, pastas, pork, chicken and beef all find a place on the menu. For a look at the entire menu please visit: http://www.woodandvine.com/menus/
A larger cocktail menu exists for Wood & Vine with a vast list of specialty mixed-drinks and a lavish wine list. Although the drinks are nothing short of remarkable, for your checkbook's sake, order wisely as the drinks are $12 and up a pop!
Come in for a drink, come in for appetizers and good conversation and soak up the atmosphere and good service at the anything but ordinary Wood & Vine!
For more information on Wood & Vine, please visit: http://www.woodandvine.com/