Inspired by Los Angeles hangouts such as Delilah’s, Craig’s and The Nice Guy, Vandelay’s design team selected mostly custom fittings. The 4,000-square-foot space is centered around the bar, where guests hangout pre- and post-dinner. The handful of deep “baller booths” accommodates six to eight people.
Ice-cold martinis are Drake’s defining cocktail. Curated by Pond and executive chef Ozzy Samano, the menu ranges from a $98 tomahawk steak to $16 Melrose pizzas. And yes, they serve ranch with their pizza.
Pre-coronavirus, it took three months to score a reservation on a music-filled weekend. Fridays and Saturdays feature rotating DJs. Dinner hours are very much Rat Pack music until the DJ transitions into a mix of radio hits. A live jazz band plays on Sunday and Monday nights. But please, no requests.
Despite being a relatively new restaurant during a pandemic, Drake’s already has a slew of regulars and VIPs. That list is private, just like the name of the person who painted the interior mural and why monkeys are a design motif.