If St. Felix were a cool, edgy Hollywood dude, The Powder Room would be his chic, stylish little sister. Opened two years ago, next door to the popular bar/restaurant on Cahuenga, The Powder Room in a trendy but intimate space which focuses on haute handcrafted cocktails. Accessible from the street, as well as a back door inside St. Felix, The Powder Room gives off the sexy speakeasy vibe without the schtick.
“St. Felix is very dark and masculine so my vision for designing this room, which is really an annex to St. Felix, was lighter, feminine and glam,” says owner John Arakaki.
The fab decor includes curved wood walls, white snakeskin bar stools, hot pink lighting, storefront sized windows, a projection screen featuring fashionable cult videos and a cool collection of mirrors on the wall in all shapes, sizes and textures.
“The black marble bar top glitters to resemble Hollywood Blvd., an ode to where we are at,” says Arakaki. “We also incorporated works from local artists on the walls.”
The Cocktails at Powder Room
The drinks are just as meticulously designed as the bar itself. A popular favorite, Morning Star, features basil infused Tito’s vodka, house-made blackberry hibiscus syrup, grapefruit bitters, freshly squeezed lemon and grapefruit juice.
The L’Orange Creamsicle is a delectable drink made with Milagro Silver, Cointreau, freshly cracked egg white, cream and orange bitters. The Miami Vice is a sexy sipper made with Mt. Gay Rum, strawberries, lime, lemon simple syrup, coconut cream and pineapple juice, ice blended and layered.
“I know I’m biased, but The Winchester is the best whiskey cocktail I’ve ever had,” says Arakaki. “It’s made with Buffalo Trace whiskey, Amaro Nonino and spiced orange and chocolate bitters.
Other cocktail menu standouts include the Grey Goose La Poire-based Venus In Furs, the Whiskey Island made with muddled blackberries, peaches and Woodford Reserve and their killer Spicy Margarita.
“We love to be creative,” says Arakaki. “We once had on the menu a $500 spiked shake that came with a Swarovski crystal ring. We plan on bringing it back this fall because it will be featured on ‘Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.’ Seeing people’s reaction to it is hysterical. It reminds me of my childhood, finding the prize in the Cracker Jack box.”
Although The Powder Room is mixology focused, small bites are available including Malaysian steak skewers, Portobello mushroom risotto croquettes and a chef’s selection of artisan cheeses.
“It’s all about the details,” says Arakaki. “Those little elements are what carry something from good to great.”
The Powder Room details
1606 N Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 469-5001 | powderroomla.saintfelix.net
Fridays and Saturdays 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.