Wood & Vine — High ceilings, big flavors, and a killer bourbon list

By Grace Jidoun

Wood & Vine
Located in the onetime office of Charlie Chaplin in the historic Taft Building, Wood & Vine gives off a decidedly loose vibe, with Scrabble always at the ready. Slide into a low-slung banquette on the patio, lit by twinkling trees and the beams of Hollywood floodlights high overhead, or find a spot in the front bar, with it’s chill, we’re-all-friends-here feel—perfect for sipping seasonal cocktails or getting over a rough night out with a plate of fried chicken and waffles, drizzled in sage butter no less.

With one of the best bourbon lists in the city, it’s hard not to get distracted from the food menu, but this high-ceilinged, big-flavored bar is doing a bang-up job with shared plates that are surprisingly—and often successfully—daring. A mix of theatergoers and cool kids hang out for addictive snacks, like smooth burrata brightened with stone fruit and prosciutto crisps. Nduja, a creamy, spreadable sausage, makes magic with striped bass and peaches. And all of the charcuterie is cured in-house by chef Marc Johnson, formerly of STK.

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beans to spill
Summer movies on Wednesdays projected on a patio wall rotate through classic ‘80s comedies (think Ghostbusters). Weekend brunch, launched in July, features five speciality cocktails.

eye for design
Vintage paintings, tin ceilings, and wingback chairs upstairs remind you that you’re in a designated Historic-Cultural Monument: the first high-rise office building in LA. Step over Lena Horne’s Walk of Fame star on the way out.

on the stereo
Everything from soul and funk to classic rock. The new house band (Thursdays) features Pete Griffin, a Grammy-award winning bassist for Zappa Plays Zappa.

Medium on the dreamy, enclosed patio, with the occasional urban reminder of a helicopter flying low. Up front, the Hollywood-Noir bar is relatively quiet and relaxed.


Tue–Thu 6 PM–midnight; Fri 6 PM–2 AM; Sat 11AM–2 AM; Sun 11AM–midnight;
Closed Monday

price range

$$5 (French fries) to $21 (pork chop)