Boozy Birthday Brunch at Idle Hour NoHo

Photo by Trishna Patel  @TrishListLA

Birthday. Brunch. Booze. NoHo.

For my birthday, I chose to brunch at Idle Hour, NoHo Art District’s famously, refurbished barrel bar on a quiet section of Vineland Avenue.

Just a short walk from my apartment, I was eager to show my friends the bar’s striking architecture, tasty food and drink, and interesting history. (I’ve recently started personally boycotting Uber rides over $30.)

Founded in the 1940s, Idle Hour’s exterior — a giant-sized wooden barrel — was meant to attract drivers passing by and it still does to this day. In 2015, it was remodeled by the 1933 group, a restoration company that specializes in opening themed bars in the city’s various emerging neighborhoods.

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I requested we sit on their back patio, which features a replica of the famous Bulldog Cafe that served Angelenos from 1928 to 1960. During the weekends, there’s also live music from 11 am-3 pm, the perfect ambiance for any champagne-filled Sunday Funday (Several renditions of ‘Happy Birthday’ may or may not have been requested).

I once read that Idle Hour’s owners thought it’d be “popular for local millennials priced out of high rent districts”. However, the majority of the “regulars” I meet there are from all over L.A.– from downtown to Los Feliz, and as far as the West side, which is a testament to the bar’s eclectic appeal.

So check out Idle Hour this weekend and tell ’em Trish sent you! I’ll bet my next boozy brunch you’ll be back! “

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Who’s Trishna?

Trishna Patel is a video producer and host for the Los Angeles Times. She also most recently took over as Editor of their Socalmoments photography blog, which engages Times’ readers by featuring work from the local community.

As a native Angeleno, Trishna attended undergrad at UCLA where she competed on their NCAA championship-winning gymnastics team. And though she’ll always bleed blue and gold, she later went on to receive her masters in journalism from USC.

When she’s not scouring the city’s happy hours for the most interesting cheese plate or gearing up for the next L.A. marathon, Trishna travels around the world, writing about her many adventures and must-see hot spots. Her favorite cities include London, Mumbai, Jerusalem and of course, the NoHo Arts District!

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