Who says it never rains in Southern California? At Melrose Umbrella Co. in West Hollywood, you can always get a good downpour of drink.
With warm lighting that glows like candlelit shadows, textured walls, exposed brick, rustic wood accents, and a homey white picket fence around the outside, the bar gives the feeling of a historic venue. It all makes sense considering the actual building went up around that time. Along the walls, 13 upside-down umbrellas are hung, a tribute to the 13 dry years of prohibition and its demise with the promise of “Many Wet Days To Come.” The bar’s logo is a silhouette of co-owner James Melrose’s grandfather, known as the Grand Old Man and the mayor of York, who regularly carried an umbrella instead of using a cane.
Paying homage to the post-prohibition era and the celebration of the cocktail, Melrose Umbrella Co. offers a wide selection of craft cocktails and small bites to eat. The music is played for ambiance, not overbearing, so it’s great for conversation. The venue also offers coffee service, pastries, and sandwiches in the daytime hours. There is Wi-Fi if you want to just move in for the day – hey, my office doesn’t look this good!
What I Wore
On a warm summer evening, nothing beats grabbing a refreshing cocktail in a floral vintage dress. I picked up this beauty on the East Coast and paired it with a vintage basket-weave handbag and gold mule heels. This outfit can take me day to night – just like the Melrose Umbrella Co.!
What to Wear
Get out your summer florals before it’s too late with this bright splash of colorful petals on a white vintage reproduction swing dress. Pair it with a royal blue handbag and easy gold heels for an outfit that embodies the free spirit of the season! Click the links to shop* this look!
Melrose Umbrella Co. is located at 7465 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
When it rains, it pours,
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, Kastle Waserman
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Nothing goes together like a good book and a cocktail. Tucked into a strip of shops along Pico Boulevard where the Westside Pavilion Shopping Center looms across the street and the bustling historic Apple Pan burger bar is just down the road, is a charming bar called the Wellesbourne. Step inside and experience the romantically darkened vibe of a cozy vintage library. A fireplace roars, even in the summertime. for some serious mood lighting, and offers a snuggly place to sit. A DJ spins ambient and soulful sounds played soft enough to allow for conversation. It’s the perfect place for a date or girls night out. The place is just classy and elegant.
They feature a wide assortment of traditional and creative cocktails and delicious nibbles. If that’s not enough, the walls are lined with vintage books, which are free to take down and tuck into a nice drink and read to escape into another world for a while. You can also head for the “game room” for a round of foosball. The staff is ultra-friendly and so is the crowd, as we easily made friends with the people sitting near us. And we loved that the check came in a hallowed-out book – so clever!
What I Wore
The speakeasy vibe of this bar called for a little vintage dress I picked up on a recent trip to London. I love the Harlequins in frames print and easy shift silhouette. I paired it with a brass finish, vintage style, heart-shaped clock locket that my love gave me and vintage style, brass-trimmed pearl earrings, t-strap heels and vintage brown leather handbag.
What to Wear
When entering a darkly-lit venue, the best way to stand out is to wear a light color. This summery white shift dress with fem vanilla-colored lace trim is sure to turn a few heads. Pair it with a gold, antique-looking statement necklace to add a bit of glamor for the evening. Two-tone oxford heels add a bookish touch as well as a book-shaped clutch purse. Click the links to shop this look!
The Wellesbourne is located at 10929 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064