Local or not, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard buzz about the bar in Hollywood that’s under an apartment building, or the one “speak easy” that looks like a motel with the secret door that is only revealed when a woman on a bed in a room says you’re cool to go in. Those bars with all the buzz, all the theatrics, all of the style, those would pretty much all be owned by the same people: the Houston brothers of Houston Hospitality. With seven successful LA bars/lounges under their empire – Good Times at Davey Waynes, Dirty Laundry, Pour Vous, Harvard & Stone, Piano Bar, No Vacancy, La Descarga – it was decidedly an opportune and obvious moment for the LA nightlife game changers to attempt opening their first full on restaurant, and thus Butchers & Barbers on Hollywood Blvd was born.
Any of the Houston’s infamous lounges boast impeccable interior design efforts, most of which is vintage/antique or at least vintage inspired, and Butchers & Barbers is nothing short of delectable design eye candy. I was told the space was inspired by an antique barber chair, which is on display in the door way as you enter the restaurant, and most of the accents were items the Houston brothers already had in their possession, including things like mismatched meat hooks that hold a string of lights, and small framed whimsical pieces of art that hang on the walls. Butchers and Barbers certainly does not skimp on that other worldly, movie set-like, throwback “speak easy” feel and should you be in the mood to feel transported to an East Coast hideaway circa 1940, American meal included, Butchers & Barbers might just be the perfect dim lit, dark wood and brick lined, black and white tiled floor place to do so.
Having more of a background in the “B” part of the F&B trade (that’s “food and beverage” for you confused people), I have to say, smart thinking on Houston Hospitality’s behalf for finding the right help in the “F” department and enlisting the skills of chef Luke Reyes (The Corner Door, Lucky Duck). The Butchers & Barbers menu consists of Americana fare, and their cocktails, the roasted garlic/rosemary/thyme oil popcorn, and that charcuterie board in particular are not to be messed with. Come early if you’d like to post up at the cozy little bar, and most definitely make a reservation if you’d prefer table seating. If you’ve got a big group don’t be deterred, they have a great long table in another area of the space that is perfect for large party entertaining.
I knew going in to Butchers & Barbers I’d be impressed no matter what, but thankfully the meal held up next to their incredible craft cocktails and knack for ambiance – even after only having been open a week or so. Butchers & Barbers is living proof the Houston Brothers have not only done it again, but that we all must begin preparation for Houston Hospitality world domination. – And, well… I think I’m ok with that?
Butchers & Barbers 6531 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 323-461-1464 Hours:
Tuesday through Sunday