Little did I know that The Abbey, in terms of bars, is the biggest seller of Bacardi…in the world. I knew it was the most famous Gay Bar in the world, but this information was news to me! I hadn’t been to The Abbey since my former roommate, Michael's birthday when I was 22. It was a grand time filled with giant mojitos, rainbow lights and dancing. Now the Bacardi statistic makes a lot of sense. This famed night-club and restaurant is back in the hands of the original owner, David Cooley, after 25 years. It seemed like the appropriate time to check out the scene.
Georgia Peach Mint Lemonade with SKYY Infusions
This was my favorite, probably because it tastes like peach juice and I LOVE peaches and cocktails where I don’t really taste the alcohol all that much. Two or more of these babies would really eff me and I wouldn’t realize until it was too late!
Hot Mule with Stoli
I have always been a mule fan, but never had I tasted one like this. It was basically a classic mule, but with the addition of Jalepeño juice. If you are a spice whore, this is probably right up your alley. For the rest of us, it’s overkill. The bite of ginger is enough for me!
Mango Mojito with Bacardi
The Mojito is the cocktail I associate very distinctly with The Abbey. It’s what I remember drinking all those years ago and remember liking quite a bit! Oh yes, here is the evidence (photo). This is why they sell more Bacardi than anyone! People are downing these mojitos like water! I’m sure this would be too sweet for most people, but I’ll take it.
You will find breakfast items served all day and plenty of bar food staples on The Abbey's highly extensive menu: everything from Hashed Beef & Eggs to Potstickers...see what I mean?
BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Sliced & Grilled Pork Ribs, Sweet BBQ Sauce,Buttermilk Onion Rings, Ranch
I am not shy about saying how much I love meat, pork in particular. You hear that boys! These ribs were my favorite of the entire slew of entrées I sampled. They weren’t super smokey like other LA BBQ hotspots, Bludsos or Barrel & Ashes. They leaned more to the sweet side, which was very okay with me. The tender meat melted softly into the crispy sweet glaze of the outer, fire-kissed layer. The lightly battered onion rings were the perfect compliment to the ribs. I loved that they were sliced thinly, it really gave them a classy edge!
Sicilian Meatball Pasta
Bucatini Pasta, Plum Tomato Sauce, Shaved Parmesan, Basil, Fresno Chile Grilled Baguette
Let me address the balls first…fantastic! They were plump, well seasoned and soft to chew. The sauce surprised me. I could almost say that too much plum juice had been added to it? It was good, but sweeter than what I am used to for my marinara. I prefer it to be on the spicier side.
Applewood Smoked Bacon, Tomato, Arugula, Basil Aioli, Avocado, Smoked Gouda Cheese, Warm Ciabatta
You gotta give this props for the title, clever. It’s essentially a BLT with some fancy sprinkled on top. It would be hard to mess up and thankfully they didn’t! This hit the spot for me! I especially loved the ciabatta bun and creamy, smokey gouda.
Warm Quinoa Salad
Almonds, Dates, Oranges, Olives, Tuscan Kale, Mint, Shaved Fennel
Arugula, Orange Tarragon Vinaigrette
I would only recommend this salad for your gluten-free/vegetarian/vegan friends...if you are the gluten-free friend, well then, I'm sorry. It was a fine salad, nothing spectacular. The quinoa needed to be seasoned, it was extremely bland. The dressing had potential, but was on the weaker side in terms of flavor intensity. I would have liked to have been hit slightly harder with the citrus. If you're a meat eater, skip this, there are better options for you on the menu...like the ribs obviously!
I have to highlight The Abbey's Ding Dong. It was nearly an exact replica of the retro processed dessert, but tasted bakery fresh. Applause to the Chef, it was everything I ever wanted a homemade Ding Dong to taste like: a chocolate pillow of moist cakiness smothered with milk chocolatey, creamy, velvety frosting. God, I love Ding Dongs.
If you are looking for a fun night out The Abbey will take good care of you. The dining experience isn't going to change your life, but it will be enjoyable...especially if you keep the mojitos coming.
692 North Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069