208rodeo 03/16/2011
 
Dont let the name fool you, this is one of the most wonderfully priced and delicious Happy Hour spots Ive been to. In terms of parking there is 2 hour free valet from 10am-6pm and it is only $5 after 6pm- score! It is located literally in the heart of Rodeo Drive and is absolutely stunning. When the sun starts to set the vision of the street lights and wonderfully laid out architecture is breath taking. When I arrived I was greeted by a naturally beautiful, soft spoken woman who kindly asked where I would like to be seated. Since I had just partaken in a long day of (window) shopping I asked to sit outside so I could enjoy the view. Which might I add is stunning my friends, it is located arcoss Tiffanys and overlooks the majestic Beverly Wilshire Hotel. I watched as a blend of tourists and locals made their way through the lovely cobblestone streets glancing at all of the shops laid before them. I felt calm, sophisticated and well taken care of by my gorgeous, funny male server. One look at the Happy Hour menu and I immediately feel in love! Sliders are $3.50, fries are $4 and the most delicious calamari I've had in LA was only $7 (which is a steal if you know anything of this fried delicacy). The rest of the appetizer menu ranged from $4 nuts and olives to $9 sesame prawns. All cocktails and coffee cocktails are $8 and taste like liquid art in your mouth. Their collection offers a perfect blend of fruity, strong and classic to satisfy every taste bud. To round out the menu they offer a variety of $3-$4 beers, $6-$15 wine, $6 well drinks and $7 desserts. In all this is a wonderfully sophisticated Happy Hour experience without having to break the bank. Go and enjoy. Cheers!!
208rodeo: 208 Via Rodeo Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210
 Reservations 310-275-2428
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The Federal Bar 03/12/2011
 
Ok so I did not get there for Happy Hour but let me say this new bar and food junkie joint is wonderful! Loved the exposed piping, and brick decor complete with hanging light fixtures over the bar and the dim and always sexy recessed lighting. It has a very industrial, downtown-esque feel which is refreshing in a town like North Hollywood. Now lets get to the good stuff!

The food is delish and our martinis were poured heavy handed (which is how this chick likes it). The menu ranged from salads (heard they WERENT the business so perhaps a pass), soups, gourmet burgers (BBQ, Turkey, "The Federal"), and real deal entree dishes (Salmon, mussels, etc). The cook is the same from the Knitting Factory which is a well known Hollywood hit and provides consistently fabulous meals! They have an extensive range of beer on tap and my inner martini loving alchie got her fill with their heavy handed gin cocktail. Two dirty martinis, the Federal burger which came with with garlic fries, and a cupcake trio for my associate and friend Ashley P and I left us happy and buzzed! I must say the desserts are NOT that fly and they only offer shakes and dried out tired cupcakes- definite PASS. But despite the lack of sugary delights this is a spot to try on your list of finds. Enjoy
The Federal: 5303 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601