Is It Any Good?

A British Pub/Restaurant just at the edge of West Hollywood.

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Believe it or not, finding a British themed pub in Los Angeles is not as hard as you think.

I’ve been to a bunch of them in and around town. Molly Malone’s, Buchanan Arms. I mean, for real, they’re everywhere.

Would you bring a Brit to ‘em? Ehhh…maybe not. Though I’m sure they’re feeding into the Ex-Pat community something fierce.

Still, I’ve got to admit, my friend’s recommendation that we go to the Pikey on Sunset was a first rate choice, and just may be the best British-themed pub going.

First off, you’ll notice I’m saying “British themed pub very specifically. The Pikey, no matter how much it may want it, no matter how much they may even demand it, cannot be called an actual British Pub. Why?

We’re not in Britain.

Okay, takes care of that.

Still, it’s not like the Pikey doesn’t make a respectable run at it. The decor (and the noise) seem appropriate to the real thing. The vibe is relaxed and comfortable. No one is putting on airs here. Some of the snobby, “What are YOU doing here” attitude that can be found in some places further down Sunset are not going to be tolerated at the Pikey.

What the Pikey really wants to be, I suspect, deep in it’s heart of hearts, is just a man good neighborhood bar with a British theme. That they’ve done in spades, and that will keep be coming back.

You walk in, and…well…make a choice. You can go to the Pikey that is mostly Pub, or go to the Pikey that is mostly restaurant. No judgement here. Wanna get a drink, with maybe some bar food on the side? Talk to the Hostess. Want to sit down and have a full on meal? Talk to the hostess.

Me? I went to the bar to meet some friends. Sat (yes, sat…they had stools and everything) at the corner, and noshed on some fries and Beer. Chatted up the Bartender (who, yes…gorgeous, it goes without saying), and generally acted like polite, beer swilling gentlemen for a couple of hours. A fun time had by all.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: One does not want to make a recommendation purely on the qualities of a restaurant’s fried shoestring potatoes, but…that’s where we are.

Still, the fries were pretty damn good, and came with a collection of three dipping sauces, though being the average Americans that we were. we wore out the Ketchup variants pretty fast.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing too fancy to worry about. Just be prepared for a lot of noise. It is a Pub after all. People are in there drinking, eating, having a good ol’ time. Not the best place for a first date, even though there were some really, incredible looking there.

Allz I’m saying is if you’re looking for an intimate first date setting, this may not be it. And if that’s the worst thing I say about the Pikey

The Pikey in West Hollywood.

PARKING: Here’s the hard part. The Pikey is on Sunset, hugged up right against where the old Dar Maghreb used to be. Odds are, your best and safest bet is just to Valet it and get it over with. Failing that, you could try (as my friends successfully did) to find street parking along North Stanley but, like with all things street parking near Sunset, it’s luck of the draw.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
The Pikey
7617 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Tel: (323) 850-5400

Hours:
Monday-Friday 11:45am-2am
Saturday-Sunday 11am-2am