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With its rowdy club-goers and less-than-welcoming doormen, Hollywood isn?t typically our first choice for a satisfying drinking locale. But now we can look forward to Southern hospitality rather than attitude at the neighborhood?s newest bar, Sassafras.

The latest outpost from the 1933 Group (the brains behind the popular Bigfoot Lodge and Thirsty Crow) takes its inspiration from the Old South--literally. Bar owners reconstructed a Savannah townhouse--complete with porch and parlor room--in the heart of the venue. Carefully curated antique decor, including a Louisiana courting couch and a Frederick Douglass portrait, add to the space?s antebellum charm.

The cocktail menu also pays homage to the region with drinks like a toasted pecan julep ($12)--which features a house-made toasted-pecan liqueur--and a grilled peach punch ($12) made with peaches, milk and spice-infused brandy. Those who want to have a hand in the mixology can opt for a buck ($11), which is made with ginger beer and the spirit of your choice. 

Southern bands perform on a nightly basis, but don?t worry, acts play on an unobtrusive New Orleans-inspired balcony, so you don?t have to deal with the thudding bass lines far too common in the neighborhood.  

Sassafras, 1233 N. Vine St.; 323-467-2800 or

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