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Photos: New WeHo Bar Is A Throwback To Classic Hollywood

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The folks who have brought Sassafras, Thirsty Crow and Bigfoot Lodge to L.A. have a new bar in West Hollywood that pays homage to classic Hollywood.

1933 Group's Harlowe bar, which opens its doors today, took over the Crown Bar on Santa Monica Boulevard and added some vintage touches. The idea behind the bar was inspired by a portrait of a Hollywood socialite from the 1930s.

Their theme is a mish-mash of vintage styles from the 1890s to 1940s. Even the booths have been salvaged from a late-1890s soda fountain in Iowa. Inside the bar sits an old-school water fountain, early 20th century portrait paintings hang on the wall, and the joint is decorated with amber-hued chandeliers. The patio outside also has marble-topped tables, covered with striped awnings.

In the same way Bobby Green-designed Sassafras in Hollywood transports barflies to New Orleans with its specialty drinks and dishes, Harlowe does the same with its modern take on classic cocktails and food options. Eric Greenspan, who's known for his work at New York's Union Pacific and apprenticed at three-Michelin star restaurant El Bulli in Spain, is the consulting chef at this new joint. Dishes range from $7 to $15, with items like a french-dip sandwich, open-faced bologna sandwich with gruyere and a fried egg, and oysters with a mignonette.

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And you can wash that all down with the ape�?ritifs served at the bar. New York mixologist Dushan Zaric helms the drink menu here, with fun cocktail names like Rye the Long Face? and Shandy Koufax. And following in the same footsteps as some restaurant and bars like Blue Cow downtown, you can also get an old fashioned or Moscow mule on tap. Just like the old soda fountains, they also serve some housemade sodas like ginger beer, cream soda and cola. The drinks range from $5 to 14.

Harlowe is located at 7321 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, (323) 876-5839. It is open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. No reservations are accepted.