An oft-overlooked cause for celebration, the Girl's Night Out is one of the best excuses for getting your old friends together, getting all gussied up, and going to a raucous bar/lounge rather than your usual local, date-night restaurant. Over the holidays, I was thrilled to have some of my best buds from high school in town, using their presence as the perfect reason to check out West Hollywood hotspot Delilah. Another feather in the cap of celebrity-watering-hole-maker h.wood group (The Nice Guy, Bootsy Bellows), Delilah is a hybrid restaurant and lounge paying homage to 1920's old Hollywood. The art deco decor and plush interior are a nice change of pace from current trends, and creates an intimate setting that really transports you to the charming elegance of golden age dining. There's not much else like it currently in LA, and the feminine feel makes it a beautiful, impressive spot for entertaining your lady friends.
Making a reservation is virtually required, though you might still expect to wait (as we did) at the bar for your table. The place was absolutely packed, even for our 9:30pm Wednesday reservation. But our wait was made entirely more bearable by the excellent people-watching and mix of classic and original cocktails. Their high-end cocktails will most definitely set you back, but you get your money's worth; I ordered "The Don," which was a very boozy mix of absolut elyx vodka, plymouth gin, carpano bianco, yellow chartreuse, lemon verbena infused lillet blanc served in a coupe w/ a lemon twist. It had a classic feel to it, which fit in well with the overall vintage vibes. Despite being very strong, the drink was quite good and I sucked it down quickly. Needless to say, I was drunk after a drink and a half.
I'm always a bit apprehensive when it comes to the food at these restaurant/lounge combinations, but those concerns were quickly mollified. Their menu features everything from classic cuisine like deviled eggs and shrimp cocktails to drunk food like chicken tenders and mac and cheese. Everything we had was good and very satisfying, especially after knocking back a few glasses of "The Don." Though there aren't too many surprises on the menu, there are plenty of options to split with your girlfriends, even those with dietary restrictions. All in all, between the fun, vintage atmosphere, boozy drinks, and satisfying food, we had a blast having some girl time at Delilah, as it provided a great excuse for us all to dress up and get together.