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Taps: 25 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 17
3.4/5 rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I hate to feel like the fuddy duddy ruining everyone's good time, and I will make an effort to return and give it a second try, but Boho just didn't do it for me.
My friend and I arrived around 7:15 via cab. Hosting staff was fairly accommodating, and told us they were cleaning up two tables, so it would just be a minute. The interior was, by far, the highlight of BoHo for me, personally - they have a great location, with a HUGE window, if you're not back in the bar area, that looks out upon Amoeba Records and the business of Sunset Blvd. That window is just fun as all hell to people watch from - while we were there, some sort of Critical Mass-type cycling event was happening, with over 200 amateur cyclists stopping all traffic and pushing their way through the intersection. It was quite hilarious. Anyway, I digress - the interior is apparently done by some sort of design firm, and it showed. Sort of was as if someone had gone to a bunch of garage sales and furnished a restaurant with what they found. The result is this sort of mish-mosh of different chairs, tables, and little knick knacks all over the place. I most enjoyed the chandelier lighting fixtures, those were really cool.
Our food, after hearing so much about it, was just fine, and I think that's really what led to my disappointment. My friend had the Oinkster-style pulled pork sandwich, which was huge, and he said was pretty good but not out of this world. It was accompanied by some sort of seasoned/flavored potatoes (beet juice? they were purplish-red). I had the Po' Boy Oyster Sliders and the Sauteed Kale. The Oyster sliders, after hearing how good they are, turned out to be fine, but tiny little things. I'm all for small portions if the flavors are outstanding, but they basically just tasted like bacon and tartar sauce, since they had small fried oysters, tartar sauce, and big chunks of bacon on them. The sauteed kale was totally lousy for $7 - it was like a heap of sauteed spinach, with not enough olive oil or garlic, and therefore was pretty bland. It looked like it belonged as a side dish to a piece of meat or some other entree, not a $7 dish in and of itself. Again, I will give the food another try if I make my way back to the area soon.
Service was pretty sparse for a new place. A thin, Hollywood-type guy was our waiter, and while he got out orders correct, he seemed disinterested in us and was often hard to find - we were in a hurry, so this was a definite issue. The hostesses were fairly attentive, as were the bar people.
Selection of beer is, as has been stated, very good. I'm spoiled by my regular watering hole - Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach - but objectively I have to give them credit where it's due. I ended up having a Dry Hopped Stone Old Guardian, a Ten Fidy, and a Hop 15, all good. My complaints come two-fold, however - they charge you $6 bucks, on average, for the rarer, stronger brews, and they give any beer that has a moderately high ABV or price in what amounts to just above a half-pint style glass. Yes, you may not need more beer when they're that strong, but for the amount given they should be more like $4-$5. Secondly, it seems like they have a great potential to drop the ball with the way they're handling how they list what's on tap - there's no chalkboard, just a list that is on the back of their food menu. They have a section called "On Deck" in the event that a keg blows, you can see what they'd likely put on, but it seems a bit unreasonable for the restaurant owners to expect themselves to constantly re-print and laminate menus like this.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed, but will return. I know that I didn't try some of the other food items I was eyeing and heard were great, so I'll have to next time.
03-29-2009 02:21:09 | More by RidiculedDisplay
3.4/5 rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I have been a supporter and defender of this place in both its incarnations and was probably the first beer geek in the door when they re-opened at H & H, so I was especially annoyed at my recent treatment. We went during Happy Hour and altho the menu indicated that all beers were Happy Hour prices and said nothing about exceptions, I was charged full price for my beer. I pointed it out and the bartender--who has been the bartender virtually every time I've been there- only said he needed to update the menu. I know it's only $2 but it really is the principle. I'm not a regular but I go there as consistently as I go to any beer bar in the area and I don't like to be baited and switched like that. So, to get that $2, he's lost not only my business but my encouraging others to try the place even if seemed touristy and not beer geeky enough. You may think I'm just an old crank and I won't disagree, but really, would you be content to be treated like that?
02-13-2012 21:50:33 | More by keaton
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I stopped in here at about 5:30 pm today after shopping at Amoeba Music right across the street and before heading up to Blue Palms, I immediately noticed the cool decor when I first walked in, lots of wood and kind of a landscape feel in there, took a seat in the bar area towards the back and looked over the taps that totaled up right around thirty or maybe a little less, some of the beers included Aventinus, Telegrpah Reserve Sour Wheat, Port 3rd Anniversary which I had a glass of for six dollars, and yes they serve their various styles of beer in proper glassware, other beers included Alesmith Lil' Devil, Kostritzer, Speakeasy Hunter's Point Porter, North Coast Brother Thelonious, Rogue Chocolate Stout, and Stone Russian Imperial Stout, their bottle list was small with about fifteen offerings maximum but it had a few cool things inlcuding Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek priced at a whopping thirty-nine dollars, also Fantome Printemps, Allagash Confluence, and Malheur Brut Noir, I had the Margherita pizza to eat and while it was pretty good, it was nothing special either, a little overpriced at twelve dollars, it is rather small portions too, oddly you can egg to it for a dollar more, did not have the bravery to attempt that one, pizza seems like the way to go here based on what I have heard from other customers and recommendations by the bartender, place was super clean as expected since it is brand new, there is a lot of room in there and also lots of potential, service was weak and some of the people working there needed to get over themselves, that aside it is a nice addition to the LA beer scene and I look forward to see what becomes of it in the future, also good to hear Ryan from Verdugo is running things as far as beer goes, cannot go wrong there, will go back, worth checking out
06-18-2009 07:11:33 | More by Floydster
3.75/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Boho is a beautiful restaurant, that was immediately obvious. Great taste in decor, classy, lots of wood, beautiful bar. A real visual treat. Very new, but with this great location the tables were pretty much full when I stopped on Saturday early evening. Large bar with three sides, but very few people there. Nobody is really here to drink beer, just to have a nice dinner in Hollywood.
Beer selection is very nice. A breadth of countries and styles to choose from. With such a range of styles and regions, this is great for food pairing. Personally, I prefer more of a rare and American craft slant, but this is definitely a great place for beer. I had an Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, which was excellent. Small pour for about $7 though. Also had a Dean Bros. ESB for $6. A bit pricy with nothing on the menu under $6 too.
The menu focuses on their pizza, with a few "small" and "big" plates to choose from as well. Overall it is upscale with lots of fancy ingredients to brag about though prices fall in the region of around $12-20 depending. I tried the Pulled Pork Pizza ($14). Think CPK except with fancier sounding ingredients, a few bucks more expensive, and a lot less flavor (and why do half the pizzas have anchovies on them? I thought we had eliminated those in the pizza wars of 1987). I have to say I was disappointed. The ultra thin crust had next to no flavor, and the mix of toppings brought very little complexity to my pizza. For $14 I was quite disappointed. The major redeeming factor here is half-price pizzas during happy hour.
After my entree I sampled the Zeppolis, or Italian "doughnuts." Essentially a bowl of fried dough (or cake) balls dusted with powdered sugar. Served with three dipping sauces: chocolate, lemon sambuca curd, and raspberry. Very crunchy but nice flavor. Problem: the dipping sauces were in containers too small to dip into. A decent dessert.
The food seems to strive for upper class, but leaves me feeling overpromised and underdelivered. The service was nice, but seeing how there was three bartenders and maybe a handful of people at the bar, how else could it be? Staff was friendly and seemed busy getting pouring/mixing drinks for all the tables.
Overall a very nice destination for beer, a nice accompaniment for the times I go to Blue Palms (it is within walking distance). I would stop in for Happy Hour, not much else. The focus here seems to be on the food, and that did not impress.
03-31-2009 01:06:16 | More by vacax
3.8/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited 10/8/11 around 6:30 before the Blink-182 show with the wife.
Atm- A lot of wood, leather and dim lighting. A nice upper casual feel with an inviting decor.
Quality- When you look at the tap list, it's not the deepest nor is the bottle list but what they do have on tap is quite all over for country and style. Made it pretty easy to pick a few beers to do the "Flight of the Heavens" pick 4
Service- I don't know if it was because it was a Sat. night but service seemed a bit sluggish. Out waiter came after a good 7-10 min wait but was attentive while he was at the table.
Selection- I'm dropping the points down for what they have in terms of numbers not beers themselves. About a low number of taps makes it easy to have some good breweries on tap. FW, Bruery, Ommegang, A'Chouffe, Weinstephaner.
Food- I went with the Boho burger and it was damn good with that mayo they make. Wife had the thin pizza with home made sausage.
Value- This place was a bit pricey being in a high $ area of Hollywood. For a cup of soup, salad, 2 dinners a flight and a drink for the wife was almost $100.
10-10-2011 02:14:20 | More by FosterJM
3.83/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I was pleasantly surprised to find this new beer bar/restaurant right in the center of hollywood. However, I had heard that there was going to be a place opening up which would be utilizing the expertise of the Beer manager from "The Verdugo" bar in Glendale, so it wasn't a total surprise to see the comprehensive beer selection offered at Boho.
The beer selection was decent, although I wasn't overly impressed with any item on the list...all beers that could be found at some of the better local beer stores and bars. Nothing on cask, nitro or any special release items, unfortunately (but they had just opened up 3 days prior).
The atmosphere was WEIRD. We walked by the place several times before realizing that the unmarked restaurant with the formally dressed "bouncers/doormen" outside was the place that we were looking for. After walking through the restaurant feeling underdressed (in jeans, a nice black top and high heels), we ended up sitting down at the bar which turned out to be comfortable enough. The bar tender was nice, attentive without being overbearing and we ordered food at the bar. The white pizza w/ arugula was AWESOME!
Lastly, I would just like to address the comment made by [HopHeadLouie] that "BOHO is exactly what Hollywood has been waiting for,..."
...While it is nice to see more quality beer bar/restaurants opening up in this area, the beer/food quality and selection at this new BOHO bar is NOTHING compared to the **BluePalms Brewhouse** which is only 0.54 miles away, also in Hollywood.
05-06-2009 22:04:55 | More by SweetNessa34
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
If you are in Hollywood, this is a nice place to get a good pint or 2.
Very nice selection of beers on tap. A lot of the usual suspects and a few surprises too.
Right next to Amoeba records and the Arclight Cinema and down the road from the Hollywood Farmers Market.
They have easy (albeit pricey) parking down below.
The food is much better than Blue Palms so if you are out for dinner/lunch and a coupla pints this is a great bet.
Well worth a visit but it's so close to Blue Palms that if you want to get your beer geek on walk 6 blocks.
07-23-2009 01:05:41 | More by tyanow
4/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in while in LA on business based on the BA listing.
Boho is a little more upscale than my usual haunts but it's LA and they have good beer so it worked. The front area is well lit and has a variety soft lounge chairs and tables. The back area is darker with the bar and has much more of a pub feel. The décor is varied but it fits together well. They also have a small seating area out front.
I actually started to get used to the posh setting and focused on the beer list. They had 30 or so on tap with lots of CA beers and some from the rest of the US and Europe. Then they had about 13 in the bottle. The list isn't outstanding but it's solid. I went with a Stone XIII Anniversary and a Craftsman Poppyfields. Both were fresh and tasty. They had a half price happy hour going so we paid $13 for four beers!
Boho is definitely a good beer bar and an especially good stop if you can hit happy hour.
07-22-2009 13:57:02 | More by GJ40
4.26/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by here with a CA BA after a few beers at Blue Palms.
Atmosphere is phenomenal - I don't remember all the specifics but I remember thinking I was at an arboretum with couches and lots of glass. The bar is fairly large with rich furnishings. The path to the bathroom goes behind the bar and rare bottled beers are visible behind a glass partition.
Quality is good. All beer was served at the proper temperature with good amounts of head.
Service was good. We arrived just as they were about to close and the bartender was a bit surly but still managed to be friendly enough. We didn't ask any beer-related questions so I can't give any information on that front.
Selection was very good. 12-15 beers were on-tap, about 8 of which were fairly rare. This is just a notch behind Blue Palms in my opinion.
Value was good. Slightly pricey but nothing too bad.
Overall this was a very interesting place that I would have enjoyed visiting even without the good beer. Worth a stop.
09-04-2009 02:56:46 | More by glid02
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I had heard about this establishment opening, thanks in part to the BA Forums. This place held a gathering a week before, but it officially opened yesterday at 5pm...I walked in at 5:13pm and was acknowledged as the first official customer. Reader beware: there was no sign or block number in front of the place. It sits next to a sushi restaurant on the southeast corner of Sunset Blvd and Ivar Ave.
First off, what a cool and unique interior! Is this an art gallery, the secret garden, or an attic full of collectable pottery, books, toys, and stuffed animals your grandmother kept? A "U" shaped bar sits in back, where a cluster of two dozen taps can be found. With the help of Ryan from Verdugo Bar, the tap selection is very good. Let's see what I can remember...Speedway Stout, Celebrator, Prima Pils, Moylan's Harvest IPA, Hop 15, Avant Garde, Belhaven Stout, Foret, Wexford, Old Guardian, Aventinus. Drafts run from $6-8. On the menu, there's even a short list of beers "on deck". A handfull of bottled beers exist, mostly consisting of Belgians. Several types of glassware are used to serve the beer, and this being rather new, it doesn't surprise me the beer is in excellent shape. Not being served too cold helps matters too.
Be there from 5-7pm, when they have a killer happy hour. 50% off pizzas and draft beer during that time...score! After pints of Prima and Celebrator, plus a tasty thin crust pizza, I rapped it up. That would have cost me almost $30 any other time, but the happy hour made it around $14 plus tip.
The place was well-staffed during my visit. Very friendly, courteous, and easy to talk to. They were asking for opinions and first impressions from customers. There were a few of us at the bar, so I wasn't the only one there. Well, I came for the beer. But I also dig the decor and the pizza. And I certainly dig the happy hour. It's a long drive from my house, but those times I'm around here, I'll certainly drop in now and again. With Blue Palms, Verdugo, Wurstkuche, and now BoHo opening in LA over the last year, the city now has several good/very good places to find artisan beer.
03-20-2009 17:11:20 | More by DoubleJ
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Boho in Los Angeles, CA
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