For a get together with friends with a more cerebral bent, it’s hard to beat the Wellesbourne in West Los Angeles. Set under dim lighting, the mahogany walls lined with leather-bound books make you feel as if you’ve entered a prohibition era speakeasy (or perhaps Ron Burgundy’s apartment). While most bars derive their atmospheres from their patrons, the Wellesbourne’s intellectual but unpretentious vibe is a product of its 1920s decor. Sit on a couch by the fireplace and get into the spirit of the bar with your friends by discussing your favorite authors and maybe even debating moral relativism — but watch your conversation go from highbrow to high school after that cutie with the glasses walks by. Order up a round of gimlets from one of the suspenders-wearing bartenders and check out the hollowed out book your bill comes in, a meticulous touch sure to make any book lover smile. Try to get here before 9pm if you want a seat next to the fireplace, as the crowds come pouring in around this time.

The Wellesbourne

10929 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90064

(310) 474-0102

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