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Lola's Restaurant & Bar - Closed

945 N. Fairfax Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046


  • Daily 5:30pm-2am
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Reservations Accepted
If you ever wondered where the apple martini - or appletini - was born, it wasn't on the set of Sex and the City or in Liberace's kitchen. It was (apparently) at Lola's, a romantic West Hollywood haunt that has consistently maintained a vibe of chic, low-key exclusivity throughout the years. A quick look at their exhaustive martini menu might explain why that is - more than 75 varieties of classic, exotic and quite frankly bizarre martinis are on offer, enough to keep even the most jaded martini fiends entertained for decades. There's the Ocean's 11, which is garnished with edible flowers. The Cirque du Soleil, which is made with sake, ginger and edible glitter. And for the daring, the Garlic Mashed Potato Martini. Happy hour is 5:30-7:30 p.m., with reasonably priced bar snacks (sweet potato fries, baked artichoke with emmental cheese), and selected cocktails at $5.50. Yummy contemporary American entrees (mac 'n' cheese, grilled pork chop) are on offer in the backroom in case you suddenly need something to soak up all the booze. The crowd is young, good-looking and actorish, perfect eye candy in case your date is a snooze.

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