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Pearl’s – Not Just for Libations

Those of us who live in LA know that Pearl’s has been the best bar to come to this side of town in a long time, for many reasons. That is, West Hollywood! It feels like we are definitely short on bars that are not super upscale or dirty pits. Only about a year old, Pearl’s or the Dame of the 1920’s is the best social spot around for so many reasons. Did you know Pearl’s has really been alive in spirit for years? You see Pearl herself started the revelry on the Sunset Strip during the Prohibition era. Read below for Pearl’s herstory.


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LaLaScoop Loves Pearl’s because:

1) it is always a fun spot on the Sunset Strip with beautiful 1920’s decor downstairs near the bar, and always packed upstair at the two bars. The best non bottle service Sunset Strip bar, by far!

2) There always seem to be a hip, good looking crowd.

3) It is one of the only bars we can think of in Hollywood that has an open air second floor space, so you feel like you are outside when you are dining or having cocktails.


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4) There is no attitude being presented at the door. No little keys need to be kept to get inside. No velvet ropes. No, “Are you on the list?”

5) Drinks are expertly crafted using whiskey, gin, and spirits like your great grandparents once sipped.

6) You always see someone famous or quasi-famous. We often see Jerry Ferrera aka Turtle from Entourage.


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But did you know Pearl’s offers the following?

1) Amazing food at a reasonable price. The food is great! They really pay attention to using fresh ingredients in unique ways. Some of my favorite dishes are the burrata and candied oranges with baby tomato, sherry glaze, smoked almonds and ciabatta ($12),


hanger steak salad with wild arugula, feta, piquillo peppers, crispy potato, and creamy poblano vinaigrette ($17), and truffled mushroom flatbread pizza with roasted oyster mushrooms, garlic confit, truffle oil, and smoked mozzarella ($13).


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I also have enjoyed a seared tuna salad that was one of the best I have ever tried.  I heard the crispy broccolini is a must. This is the perfect spot for brunch, fun birthdays, or a date (you won’t go broke!). See their incredible menu options HERE.


2) A “Lunch Club” daily special – $10 gets you your choice of soup or salad, any sandwich and dessert.

3) Live Music Sessions on Monday nights 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

4) Oyster Night every Tuesday – $1 oysters on the half shell


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5) Movie screenings Sunday nights at 8:30

6) Pearl’s Brunch every weekend 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“Never waste words when a kiss will do.” – Pearl said it best.


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Did you know Pearl arrived with stars in her eyes in the 1920’s, like most Hollywood-ites? During the time of prohibition, revelry was in short supply. Pearl realized that her calling wasn’t on the screen, rather it was on LA’s social scene, that she was destined to shine.  She opened a perfume and jewelry shop on a barren strip known for its sunset view. A knock and a whispered code granted entry to a hidden back room that was filled with music and decadence, and before long the Sunset Strip was known the world round. Liquor was concealed in perfume bottles, and a “Spritzer” held enough for two. Here woman made the rules in a time when they couldn’t even vote. Many powerful men tried to woo Pearl, but she couldn’t be tamed. It’s said that Duke Ellington invented swing, simply to watch her move. A young Ernest Hemingway took-up writing just to get her attention. Pearl once said that “settling down with one man wouldn’t be fair to all the others.” Her spell reached all levels. When President Wilson asked her out, she replied “so I’m good enough to date, but not good enough to vote”. Within weeks the 19th amendment was passed, and women’s voices were finally heard. Pearl’s trail is marked by epic nights, broken hearts and blissful smiles. Today, she continues to serve sinful delights in her upscale den of indulgence on the Sunset Strip. A bar that modern day pleasure seekers simply call, Pearl’s. (Story taken from


8909 W. Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood 90069


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