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The Wellesbourne

The Wellesbourne

Westside, Los Angeles
  • The experts at LA Weekly and LAist recommend this place
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    • LAist
  • Mercedes M.
    "Best vodka gimlets, cool atmosphere, but I'd come on a weekday."(3 Tips)
    Erik M.
    "Get the table area by the fireplace on a Monday night"(5 Tips)
    Jonny A.
    "Best old fashioned in Los Angeles."(4 Tips)
    Mayumi M.
    "order the "norito," drink."(2 Tips)
64 Tips and reviews
  • fancy cocktails
  • fireplaces
  • lively
  • cozy
  • good for groups
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  • John D.
    John DeckerMay 2, 2015
    I finally got to visit The Wellesbourne last night. It exceeded my expectations and is now my new L.A. fave! Try the Cucumber Mint Martini and the Blackberry Gimlet with a flaming orange garnish. Wow!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    A dark-paneled bar tucked into an unlikely corner of West L.A., the Wellesbourne features craft cocktails and a lively yet laid-back scene of after-work drinkers and cocktail aficionados alike. Read more
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 9, 2012
    The drinks menu has a basics vibe, but don’t let that stop you from asking a bartender to whip up something original for you. Patrons forget that The Wellesbourne has a skilled and creative bar staff. Read more
  • Edlin C.
    Edlin ChoiSeptember 27, 2012
    Keep it classy. Old mahogany feel with large leather chairs and great mixologists. Sit by the fire and ponder life w your friends as you sip down an Old Fashioned. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    You can't help feeling a bit like Harry Potter as you sip on one of their delightful libations while sitting next to the roaring fireplace sipping on a Brandy Alexander. Read more
  • Rkqp
    RkqpDecember 7, 2012
    Live music is great - current samples and a great DJ in the off time. Awesome RnB tunes! Way too loud for a date, though. Drinks are so so and they so offer $4 valet parking.
  • ndulyn
    ndulynJanuary 5, 2013
    Come early to snag prime seating by the fireplace. Great group hang out in an antique style library setting. No table service: All food/drinks must be ordered at the bar.
  • John C.
    John CohenApril 14, 2013
    This place was fun great atmosphere for the younger crowd. Drinks were well poured and the music was House. Great Experience I would recommend this place for 30 and under.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LaedleinSeptember 28, 2013
    This place is awesome, let the mixologists work their magic and get creative, I recommend the manhattan. Avoid the $11 delirium, it's good but it's no Unibroue
  • Karon W.
    Karon WFebruary 6, 2013
    This is the Westside less expensive equivalent of the Edison (minus the speakeasy part). Really great vibe and anywhere that has Strongbow on tap gets an A+ from me!
  • Kevin
    KevinOctober 14, 2012
    The first 2 parking spots outside turn into passenger loading zones after 7pm. Takes a bit to see it on the meter's scrolling message, but it is legit if they tell you you can't park in the first 2.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CrotteauFebruary 28, 2016
    Fun vibe. Library theme is cool, fireplace is nice, and drinks are potent!! 🍹🍺🍻. Wear something nice though.
  • Jeana P.
    Jeana PassySeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite bars on the west side. All the bar tenders are knowledgeable and the drinks are made to perfection.
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 16, 2010
    TheWellesbourne’s main attraction is its 30-foot bar, which spans its stunning library, a cool game room (shuffleboard, anyone?) and cozy living room. Read more
  • Daniela G.
    Daniela GJanuary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Parking's easy (mall/street/cheap valet). Drinks are fairly priced, but if you're adventurous, let the waiter create a drink for you. It's worth the wait!
  • Kaz K.
    Kaz K.June 15, 2015
    Always have fun here; service is great and crowd is diverse. More down to earth than your stereotypical Westside bar.
  • Bo L.
    Bo LiebmanJune 15
    Great decor and good drinks. Can sometimes take a while to get your drinks though. Bartenders are professional but overbooked.
  • Mayumi M.
    Mayumi MiyasatoJuly 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    order the "norito," drink. A hidden Wellesbourne drink- Its fairly cheap and taste like yummy applepie w/a dash of cinnamon!
  • Jivanto v.
    Jivanto van HemertJanuary 11, 2014
    Phenomenal! Everything from the drinks to the atmosphere to the bar tenders are great here!
  • K P.
    K PSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mishka knows how to make a pretty awesome old fashioned. Just be sure to order it trash out with a little bit less sugar.
  • Christina O.
    Christina O'RourkeApril 16, 2011
    You'll feel like you're at some secret society's house party. Skip the Valet, you can usually find parking on Pico - even on weekend nights.
  • Justin M.
    Justin McCammonMarch 25, 2015
    Great library themed bar to stop off for a drink if you're waiting for a table nearby.
  • Mercedes M.
    Mercedes McLemoreJanuary 11, 2012
    Best vodka gimlets, cool atmosphere, but I'd come on a weekday. This place gets too damn crowded!
  • Sam L.
    Sam LickerSeptember 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Vesper Martini I've had so far. Good cocktail and beer menu
  • Ashley
    AshleyAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Service is SLOW, so you might want to be finishing yours while you wait at the bar for a refill, but they make a first-rate vodka gimlet. Park at Westside Pavilions garage across the street for free.
  • Erik M.
    Erik McIntyreFebruary 4, 2014
    Get the table area by the fireplace on a Monday night
  • Rehi A.
    Rehi AlaganarFebruary 24, 2015
    On Saturday night the tunes were amazing - 90s hip hop and RnB
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 20, 2014
    Cool bar to hang. Different areas to have a drink with friends. #@ the bar #Fireplace #Pico
  • Ricky H.
    Ricky HernandezJanuary 26, 2014
    Wonderfully decorated interior, try the Pimms Cup
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SAugust 8, 2014
    Slow service but only because they're perfectionists. They'll reserve tables for your bday celebration for free! Try the Grasshopper.
  • Jim D.
    Jim De VicoSeptember 8, 2013
    Fantastic atmosphere. Crowd gets very young after 11.
  • Shil P.
    Shil PaNovember 20, 2014
    Foooooosball. Awesome dig. Feel like I'm in a cozy pocket of Bruce Wayne's mansion
  • Teufel W.
    Teufel WolfJune 9, 2012
    You can get a weak open Wi-Fi signal if you sit by the front windows.
  • Marc V.
    Marc VermutSeptember 2, 2016
    Great cocktails and bartenders that will custom mix.
  • @jasonyi924
    @jasonyi924April 28, 2013
    Great live music on Thursdays. Funk rock band.
  • Emmalee
    EmmaleeAugust 4, 2013
    Nicer bar with a cool atmosphere!
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MuiMarch 23, 2013
    Ask John for the Tuxedo number 2!!! Awesome drink
  • K P.
    K PSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask Steve to make you a Steve Cider. It's like a mojito with gin.
  • Farhan K.
    Farhan KhalafOctober 10, 2012
    Bar recommended by Charlie. Kind of hipstery/mediocre service/Crowded. Well reviewed on yelp
  • Jonny A.
    Jonny AhdoutAugust 7, 2014
    Best old fashioned in Los Angeles.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HymanApril 9, 2012
    Thursday nights offers up some pretty talented live music.
  • Teresa T.
    Teresa TongNovember 17, 2012
    DJ Moses on Fri nights play pretty sweet 90s beats
  • James T.
    James TAugust 18, 2014
    Their Foosball table needs some love.
  • Alexandra K.
    Alexandra KapchinskyAugust 11, 2011
    Their old fashioneds are delish.
  • bryan V.
    bryan ValderramaJuly 28, 2013
    Great place but a little too loud
  • Nareg
    NaregAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Good times!!!!
  • John C.
    John CorserFebruary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Have the High West. Manhattan
  • James T.
    James TAugust 18, 2014
    Nice atmosphere.
  • Adam P.
    Adam PaulJanuary 5, 2011
    You won't find cooler pubs in London
  • Reg L.
    Reg LMarch 10, 2013
    Meh. Too loud, too dark, and the bar tenders aren't great. Bring earplugs.
  • Gabrielle O.
    Gabrielle OlsonNovember 10, 2013
    Col Mustard, with the candlestick, in the library.
  • Josh P.
    Josh PerryOctober 12, 2013
    Takes about an hour to get a drink, even on a slow night.
  • Stephanie E.
    Stephanie EatherlyJanuary 15, 2015
    Date night!
  • Shayne M.
    Shayne MichaelMarch 14, 2014
    ...crowd is very interesting... ...not really in a good way either...
  • Missy M.
    Missy MDecember 9, 2011
    Out late on a school nite
  • Alex S.
    Alex SandarsMarch 5, 2011
    Ask Mike for the London Vader shot.
  • Cristal C.
    Cristal C.March 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    try the 'norito'!!
  • K P.
    K PSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Last call is at 1:40 am.
  • Bryan R.
    Bryan RoyMarch 2, 2011
    Amazing bar.
  • Jan E.
    Jan EggeNovember 1, 2012
    Terrible, waiting for now 1 hr to have one of the 3 bartenders make 2 drinks for me/ clearly understaffed.
  • Jeanette L.
    Jeanette LiangJuly 10, 2011
    Dont come at 1030 when there is a line and a one in one out policy. #lame
  • Gregory B.
    Gregory BoytosJanuary 9, 2011
    Drinks are weak. Crowd is heavy.
  • Cody K.
    Cody KrainockDecember 24, 2014
    Loud, dark, and narrow. Avoid at all costs.
  • Monica L.
    Monica LeungApril 3, 2011
    Horrible service. Will never come here again
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