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Late-Night Booze and Bites

Mar 15, 2019 08:25PM ● By Dawn Garcia
As The Stranger of The Big Lebowski fame once said, “Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar eats you.” While you drink those hoity-toity cocktails, your hunger will awaken. Below is a glimpse at some late-night, LA foodie-worthy bites and booze you’ll be glad exist.

Black Rabbit Rose

1719 N Hudson Ave., Los Angeles // (323) 461-1464

The Houston brothers, Mark and Johnnie, are two of the most creative nightclub owners in Los Angeles. With a knack for era specific night clubs and bars, the brothers create the kind of cocktail escapes Los Angeles craves. While you’re getting swallowed whole by celebrity sightings and pop culture in this town, finding somewhere to slip away and embody a little anonymity is a well intended mission that takes on a magical form at Black Rabbit Rose, a newer bar and eatery in the Houston brothers’ portfolio.

Black Rabbit Rose is where you go for old world magic and ornamented theater, Thai Chinese cuisine, cocktails to tickle anyone’s fancy, and at any given moment, sleight-of-hand up-close magic that could happen table side, behind the bar, or on the street before you enter. In one of the more swell creations brought to life by Mark and Johnnie, you will wonder aptly so when a handlebar mustache or a top hat with a furry bunny will appear. It’s a step into a truly magical world. The theater show immerses you in an amusing curated experience that will leave you spellbound.

Located deep inside Black Rabbit Rose, Crying Tiger features cuisine radiant with flavors and curious fusion. Beef Nam Tok Bao is among the most interesting. Served with sliced Crying Tiger beef, red onion, mint, cilantro, green onion, rice powder, chili flakes, fish sauce, and lime inside a fluffy steamed bao, it’s enough to make you open your mouth wide and indulge with glee. Crying Tiger serves vegetarian options such as lettuce cups that incorporate grilled shitake mushrooms, fried tofu, water chestnuts, eggplant, and more. This late-night voyage your alcohol-lubricated self will thank you for also features above-par cocktails, like all Houston Brothers joints. Whether you go for the Siamese Twin made with turmeric-infused cognac and Thai iced tea with lavender bitters or the Drunken Noodle with tequila, blood orange, aperol, chili salt, peychauds bitters, and luster, you will be drinking in something out of this realm. Just be careful. These cocktails pack a punch and will creep up on you faster than you can say abracadabra.

Black Rabbit serves late-night dinner and drinks.

• Bar and Kitchen available Tuesday-Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
• Rose Theater show performances until 10:30 p.m.

Timmy Nolan’s

10111 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake // (818) 985-3359

When the Irish come together to drink, it’s an epic experience that usually involves inappropriate jokes, references to the mainland, James Joyce, potatoes, and more whiskey and Guinness than seems natural and yet somehow, it is. In Toluca Lake, known as the Hollywood studio hub and the place where Bob Hope lived, exists a pub that transcends you to the watering holes you’d find somewhere in Ireland. Timmy Nolan’s is a neighborhood pub that doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is: an Irish bar. Late-night fixings that soak up all that good ole Irish whiskey you’ll likely partake of include Irish nachos, Irish stew, the Celtic burger, and the original boogie melt. It even has bangers and mash for true Irishmen and mot. Drinking at a tavern never warmed you so heartily.

Timmy Nolan’s is also known for its keen selection of craft brews. With a selection on tap that spans from seasonal beers to stouts, ales, and blondes, the pours will please you and keep you “Irish happy.” With an impressive selection of wines and bubbles along with classic cocktails, modest price points, and a lovely spirit, this neighborhood favorite will have you singing Ronnie Drew’s “Seven Drunken Nights” in your best slurred Irish accent in no time. Good news is, it’s highly probably the rest of the bar will join in.

TIMMY NOLAN’S is open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily.

• Kitchen stays open weekdays until 10 p.m., weekends until 11 p.m.
• Kitchen happy hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 p.m. until 10:45 (dependent on volume)

In the guts of a bowling alley dating back to the 1930's, you’ll feel a little Lebowski coming on. Hell, you might even steal a rug before you stop in for The Dude Abides! Highland Park Bowl is one of the coolest hipster bowling alleys this side of well, anywhere. Somewhere deep down, we all relate to The Dude, his obsession with a rug, and the conquest of a good bowling game. Highland Park Bowl feeds that need with an old-school bowling alley with mechanical bowling lanes made of original teak-stained wood panels, vintage metal pin sets, booths with shelves for glasses to nestle in, and cocktails that will make your entire game niftier than a well-dressed gal walking around offering candy and cigarettes. Decorated with banners and vintage-inspired signs discovered when the bowling alley was purchased by Italian immigrant Joseph “Mr. T” Teresa in 1996, this recently renovated piece of LA history is the kind of joint you can’t help but be bewildered by. It’s filled with remnants of its story, including rare bottles of spirits uncovered during renovations that now line the bar walls housed safely behind chicken wire, the original leather pin casings now serving as a chandelier, and a mysterious painted mural discovered when old wallpaper was peeled away.

That is Highland Park Bowl. Late-night bar bites await as do cleverly named libations like the seductive and spicy Owen Loves His Mama (jalapeño-infused Herradura Silver tequila, Chareau aloe liqueur, hibiscus, and lime juice, topped with IPA), The Dude Abides (their twist on a White Russian), and the refreshing Pinsetter (Singani 63, Yellow Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino, fresh lime, and grapefruit juices). The pizza is worth writing home about, and the sweet potato fries with Boomer burger will suffice. The capricciosa pizza with artichoke, Kalamata olives, prosciutto cotto, and shaved Parmesan will coat your stomach with bursts of flavor and the perfect crust. You’ll whet your thirst, summon your competitive spirit, and suck down wood-fired pizza before the words, “come on, man” eke out.

HIGHLAND PARK BOWL harkens your inner dude with kick ass cocktails and old-school bowling.

• Bowling hours are 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends (21+ rules after 8 p.m.)
• Mr. T’s Music Room features Spareoke (karaoke) every Sunday, musicians’ open mic night on Tuesdays, and live musical performances weekly by notable bands.