11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
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I met up here with some friends a couple weeks ago for a girls night out birthday celebration. Very cute little bar. We got there around 7:30 and we sat at a little table inside. There is seating at the bar and also tables inside and a small outdoor area. We had to place out order at the bar and then there was a little confusion about whether they were going to bring the drinks to the table or if we had to go back to the bar. They did bring them to the table along with the appetizers we ordered. I had a Texas Mule which was okay, and then I switched to beer. Try the Scrimshaw pilsner. Very good and smooth.
After about an hour a very friendly waitress started coming around to the tables so we didn't have to go order at the bar anymore. I also had a grilled cheese with tomatoes which was delicious. By about 10:00 the place was getting very crowded and we were all ready to go, as we are all parents and 10:00 is late for us. Lol!
One more thing about the parking situation. It is valet parking for $5. I recommend using uber because it's starts to get a little crazy on Ventura and plus if you're drinking it's probably the best option.
12/28/2011Provided by Citysearch -
That's a double negative. (""YOU'RE a double negative"" --Crazy Stupid Love) I rarely use double negatives, but I am making an exception here. I have never had a bad time or a bad meal at Laurel Tavern. Eric the bartender/manager is excellent - friendly, knowledgeable, helpful - they were out of the beer I wanted so he poured me four samples of beers he thought I might like. He also let us try his cherry infused bourbon (not a euphemism). Now I want to go back and get a drink with that in it. The food is all spectacular - last night we had a bacon bleu cheese burger and burrata with beets, but if you're going for the first time do yourself a favor and get the pork belly skewers. You can thank me later.
Laurel Tavern is a small bar with great ambiance, service, and food. The beer selection isn't huge but what they do have is good. It can get crowded to the point of standing room only on Fridays and weekends, but the people are generally friendly and don't mind rubbing elbows.
01/01/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My friend has been raving about this place so we all decided to get together for a pre New Year's outing. Everyone else was already there and got a table for our party of 8. Me and my bf got there about 10 min late. My friend came outside to get us and told the door guy we already had a table but he said we had to wait in line. Kinda didn't see the point, but ok fine, there was only about 6 ppl in line anyways. Well it took us about 30 minutes until we finally got in. It was crowded, but I'm sorry not that crowded. Especially on a week night? Lucky for this place the food makes up for it. We ordered the chorizo sliders, pork belly skewers, fries, & chorizo fondue , all of which were under $10 and yummy. The guys enjoyed their $5 beers and my martinis were poured strong. Overall it's a cool spot, esp if you can just walk right in. And it's much closer than Father's Office. But they should really keep in mind, it's a bar not a club and it's the Valley not Hollywood.
11/04/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This place used to be great! Now it's terrible. The food is fine/satisfactory and I have no complaints about the beer.
However, it seems this place has made the attempt to create a ""club"" type business. A waiting line outside, when there is room inside is ridiculous.
I am(was) a regular until last Sat night. About 30 ofus walked over from CBS at 10pm and were made to wait outside. There was plenty of room, but the doorman(wannabe actor) didn't like the casting person from our show. What a jack-hole.
I'm pretty sure, after everyone at the studio heard about this on Monday morning, the attendance there will suffer.
The term ""Studio City Crowd"" is used with disgust in many other locations. I, myself, don't care for that term. With places like this, I agree.....This is definitely a ""Studio City Crowd"" place.
09/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This place is very pleasant. Nice lighting, fantastic food and a huge selection of beer and wine. They have a sage microbrew, which is delicious, and a wonderful and original spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich.
The crowd is a little more mature than the I-just-turned-21-and-I-can't candle-it or the I-heart-Cahuenga Corridor folks. The best way to describe this place is ""chill"". Probably a great place for singles.
A great valley bar, which is rare. The only issue is that the seating could be much more comfortable. But you can't have everything.
07/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
the place feels like a trendy NY pub but upscale, light wood, industrial steel throughout -- not fancy but warm and trendy looking. the windows that face ventura blvd open all the way so you kind of feel like you're in an indoor/outdoor space which is nice. lots of choices for unique microbrews -- my fave was ""Hollywood Blonde"" but they try new ones a lot so they're not offering that one right now but lots of good ones to try. the real standout here is the pub food which is usually atrocious in bars but here the food is really outstanding. they have the best grilled artichoke, wonderful mussels with garlic bread, and the french fries are so delicious. I don't eat meat myself but my friends say the hamburgers are really good too. I usually go in the afternoons on the weekend where it's not crowded and it's a mixed clientele of young people/ older people/singles/couples. The only thing I don't love about the place is that they don't have table service - even if you're ordering food, you have to go to the bar to do so. But despite that, it's a really nice place and worth a visit.