The Cat and Fiddle Hollywood Reviews
The Cat and Fiddle Sep 19, 2010
Nestled between some office buildings at the eastern end of Sunset Blvd. sits this old charm English pub. The Cat and Fiddle has been a fixture in this area for years and if there is such a thing as a neighborhood bar in Hollywood, this is it. For those of you who are movie buffs, you may know that scenes from Casablanca were filmed here.
It’s not in the heart of Hollywood, but it’s not far away from the big name bars such as the Whisky, the Rainbow room, the Viper room etc. This bar is a little bit more mellow than these. It does promote live music as there is a large outdoor area where bands can set up. The garden is complete with a fountain, lots of foliage, lots of seating and lots of heat lamps and it’s a perfect place for dining, drinking or enjoying the live music. Thursday nights feature a DJ who spins music under the stars and every Sunday from 7-11, there is live jazz.
Inside the restaurant is just as cozy as outside. There are more tables, a large screen tv (for watching your favorite sports (they feature English Premier games for those who are soccer fans)), dart boards (they hold monthly dart tournaments), and two large bars.
The food is pretty good. Shepard’s pie happens to be my favorite. But also the burgers and sandwiches are great too. The entrees range between $8-$16, so prices are very reasonable. The best part is the beer, of course. English beers such as Newcastle, Bass, Fuller’s and Whatney are on tap. For $5, you can get a pretty good pint. The bartenders also make a pretty good Bloody Mary for the perfect Sunday morning cocktail (my staple, the Stoli Bloody Mary will cost you $8.)
So if you find yourself in the neighborhood during a lazy afternoon, stop by, have a beer or 2, relax and don’t get caught up in the quick paced and crazy vibe that makes Hollywood, well, Hollywood.
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