May 11, 2018
Taking its name from the hardware store which formerly occupied the building, Laurel Hardware is a deeply hip West Hollywood spot with a smart, if rather industrial-looking dining room and a more rustic bar area in the back. Serving shareable seasonal small plates and a very good line in craft cocktails, it’s popular with a fashionable young-ish LA crowd. It’s a bit of a squeeze, but once you’re past the ivy-bedecked hallway, there’s more room to move. The place is kitted out in salvaged wood and plush white booths, with long communal tables. There’s a bar at which you can perch and they offer a range of killer craft cocktails including the fruity but potent, The Vig, a blend of tequila, pineapple, vanilla bean, and green chartreuse. The Gangster, meanwhile, a zingy mix of cucumber-infused vodka and fresh watermelon is another winner. The food menu includes seasonal treats like roasted beets and kale salad, as well as a sublime pork belly dish and an array of artisan pizzas. If you’re able to snag a table on the attractive, leafy patio, a good night is all but guaranteed.