Sassafras: Southern Hospitality, Hollywood Style

A haven for those who have outgrown the thumping Cahuenga Corridor club scene

Photograph courtesy Sassafras

The Place
Steeped in gilded decay, the newish bar from the vintage-obsessed 1933 Group (Bigfoot Lodge, Thirsty Crow, Oldfields, La Cuevita) feels like a hip version of Disneyland’s Blue Bayou. With its wrought-iron gates, vine-covered smoking patio, and ornate drapery, it evokes a campy plantation charm. A taxidermied bear in Knights Templar regalia watches over patrons, while “barrel-aged” cocktails in glass bottles go round and round on a repurposed dry cleaner’s rack.

The People
Savvy libation lovers mingle with twenty- and thirtysomethings who have outgrown the thumping Cahuenga Corridor club scene. At the back bar, spin the roulette wheel for a chance to sip your mint julep or Grilled Peach Punch for free. Themed attire isn’t mandatory, but you won’t look out of place in ’20s threads.

The Payoff
More sophisticated than the typical Hollywood watering hole, this joint has style to spare, even after the gimmicks grow old.

1233 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323-467-2800 or