EL COMPADRE HOLLYWOOD7408 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles CA 90046
Los Angeles is known for its great Mexican food and its vibrant bar scene, but it’s rare to find both in one place. Gather the gang and head over to El Compadre on Sunset for a fun night of cocktails, music, and delicious food. This joint has been a hip Hollywood hangout since 1975, and the bar is always hopping with a cool party set. All the drinks pack a punch, but make sure to order a famous “Flaming Margarita”—made to order, mixed to perfection, and then lit on fire. The vibe at the bar is always friendly, and the lighting is just dim enough to feel romantic, so don’t be afraid to ask the cutie next to you for a dance as a trio plays traditional Mexican classics. After you’ve worked up an appetite chatting up old friends and making new ones, invite everyone into a cozy booth. Dig into the bottomless basket of crispy tortilla chips and dip ‘em into El Compadre’s spicy salsa as you peruse the menu. You can’t go wrong with any of the entrées—all the dishes are made with homemade recipes passed down from ancestors, and the restaurant is still family-owned. Feast on some of the city’s best enchiladas de mole or jumbo-shrimp fajitas. After you order another round of cocktails, raise your glass and nod to the table across the way. This is the famous Sunset Strip in Hollywood, where celebrities hobnob alongside average Joes, and you never know who’ll be nodding back.
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Photograph by William Warby
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