After 19 months, the renowned gaming parlor and cocktail lounge, The Spare Room, reopened its doors on November 4th. Known for it amazing social atmosphere, it’s about time!
Housed within the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, The Spare Room has remained a top-tier cocktail bar for over a decade and this year was named ‘Best American Hotel Bar’ by the Spirited Awards and featured in Alia Akkam’s book, Behind the Bar: 50 Cocktail Recipes from the World’s Most Iconic Hotels.
Owners Marc Rose and Med Abrous of Call Mom are ushering in a new era of the award-winning bar with the introduction of bar director, Tess Sawyer. The former Speed Rack champion and Virginia Beach native cut her teeth in the industry at some of the most lauded joints in New York City (Mother’s Ruin, Up & Up, Happiest Hour), and is reimagining classic, elegant cocktails with unexpected flavor profiles in what is arguably one of the best cocktail destinations in the city. When you see the photos, how could you even resist?
The list features clever twists on traditional drinks like the Dunhill and the Penicillin with nods to Tess’s Korean heritage (think a Martini infused with kimchi and a Gimlet dotted with chili-sesame oil).
Additional highlights include a portion of the list devoted to premium highballs featuring specialty infused ice, espresso martinis on draft, and, of course, a variation on a White Russian made with coconut corn milk as an homage to The Big Lebowski and the bar’s vintage bowling lanes. New to the space is a dedicated dart room joining their collection of nostalgic board games and custom bowling shoes from LA designer George Esquivel. 

The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Wednesday – Sunday | 8pm – 2am