Beetle House LA-Hollywood
What: Beetle House LA
For: Ages 21+
Beetle House LA is one of the most interesting themed bars that we’ve been to. We happened to be walking by and looked into a door to see a character actor dressed as Johnny Depp’s character Willy Wonka. This drew us in and we were transported to a bar tribute to all things Halloween.
Beetle House LA is dedicated to all things Tim Burton and Halloween. Purple neon signs lead you up a flight of stairs that dead ends into a skeleton attached to the ‘wheel of death’. Macabre pictures line the bar with glowing outlines enhanced by black light. A scene from The Nightmare Before Christmas is displayed on the left side of the bar. A life-sized Oogie Boogie looks over patrons in the DJ booth.
There was ample seating at the bar, and we were served very quickly. Halloween themed music played over the speakers, and there was always something to look at. Every meticulous detail was thought of, from the glowing spiderwebs to the types of drinks. Ethan and I ordered the Big Fish Bowl that turned out to be an electric-blue smoking cauldron of deliciousness.
Willy Wonka and Edward Scissorhands walked around the bar area and took pictures with patrons. There is a dance area by the DJ booth for adults later in the night. Table seating is on the opposite end of the bar while there are booths peppered around for more casual seating.
Although we didn’t eat at the restaurant, we didn’t even know it existed until we saw a family walk past us through a spiderweb-like tunnel. We asked to go in and walked into a cozy dark restaurant. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was playing on a large projector screen while character actors walked among tables of the diners for entertainment. There is also a mini show provided during your meal.
The Sweeny Beef served at the Restaurant.
Kids are allowed at the restaurant, but keep in mind that the darkness and realness of the atmosphere and actors could scare them. Reservations are required for dinner, as the dining area is very small. If the restaurant is not to capacity, they accept walk ins on a first come first serve basis.
What we loved most about the crowd was that many people dressed up specifically to come to Beetle House LA. Men and women dressed in Halloween garb, black and white stripped outfits and fishnets. This is definitely a place that you could spend a couple hours at for dinner and drinks based on the amount of entertainment they provide.
Drinks are a little overpriced, with our two-person drink checking out at $36. There was a large amount of alcohol in the Big Fish Bowl, so it felt like we were getting four drinks for the price of one. The restaurant has a fixed menu and is generally $40-$45 per person.
Beetle House Information
6536 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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