Cocktail Quick Pick: Hollywood's Blue Boar Pub
One of the last places you might expect to find thoughtful, handcrafted specialty cocktails using fresh ingredients would be in a British-style Pub amidst the scene and sounds of Hollywood's Cahuenga Corridor. But the Blue Boar Pub is shaking up some stand-out drinks.
If you can forgive the mildly cheesy omnipresent riffing on all things Brit, from the music to the menu, you won't mind ordering up a few of the drinks bearing Anglophile names, like the William Wallace (Famous Grouse, ginger syrup, honey, candied ginger, Angostura bitters), The Beckham (Oxley Gin, egg white, fresh raspberries) or the Cranky Butler (Effen Blackcherry vodka, fresh muddled grapes and basil).
More traditional British drinks get a slight twist at Blue Boar, like the fruit-forward take on the Pimm's Cup, made with Pimm's, cucumber, strawberry, mint, oranges, lemon, lime, and ginger beer. It's the drink with the most components, so if you're elbow to elbow at the bar on a weekend night or watching some NFL football, hold your horses, gov'na, shaking this drink up takes a wee more time than pouring a pint of your favorite draught.
What's even more likable about the Blue Boar (in addition to tipsy rounds of trying to land the "hook" on the boar's nose in a fun pub game) is that their cocktails are priced at an approachable $10 each.
If you've been drinking, you may appreciate their pub grub, too, though it's definitely the kind of eats you'll still remember when you're hungover--or, for some, seek out to help cure your hangover. Think Scotch Eggs, British breakfasts, burgers, and really fantastic fries (go the full Brit and splash some vinegar on them).