The Cat & Fiddle, located at 6435 Sunset Boulevard, has a definite place in Hollywood history dating from long before it became a pub. Built in 1929, the building has been a commissary, a wardrobe house, and a filming location at different times over the years.
The family who owns it has long-standing ties to the rock and roll world. Many people on staff are also working artists and touring performers.
The patio is a popular feature of this English-themed bar. There is a fountain and a canopy of lighted trees so there is a feeling of privacy and leafy enclosure. It’s heated by fire pits in the cooler months and pleasantly shaded in the summer.
Some say it’s what’s on tap that makes a real pub. At Cat & Fiddle you can enjoy draft Harp, Guinness, Bass Ale, or Strongbow cider. Available in bottles are Chimay Red Ale, Fuller’s ESB, pear cider, Heineken, and good old American Budweiser. Wine drinkers can choose from a suitable selection of reds, whites, and champagnes.
Happy hour features special $3.50 prices on well drinks, house wine, and draft beers. The happy hour $5 appetizer menu has a good selection, featuring things like Scotch egg (a hard-cooked egg, breaded, deep fried, and wrapped in sausage), chicken skewers, and onion rings.
Those who are not familiar with pub food, or those who love it, can taste some fine examples here. Such traditional favorites as fish and chips, steak and kidney pie, bangers and mash, which is a homemade sausage with mashed potato, are available. Breakfast is served anytime. If you just want a bit of something to nibble on while you enjoy your pint, try the Ploughman’s lunch, a cheese plate consisting of English Stilton, Gloucester, fruit, and chutney.
As you might expect to find in a place with an English pub theme, there are darts tournaments and English football fans. Darts tournaments are held once a month. Soccer fans gather here to watch the games on the 92 inch projection screen or one of several other monitors. They offer ESPN, Fox Soccer channel, English Premier League and EUFA games, as well as NFL and NBA games.
The Cat & Fiddle has a very active nighttime scene. If you enjoy a lively crowd and a “this joint is jumping” vibe you will like coming here in the evening. Sunday nights feature live music performances of various kinds and Thursday nights there is a DJ spinning from 9:30 to 12:30.
To enjoy a more subdued experience, stop in during the afternoon. It’s a good spot to meet friends for conversation and a soup or salad lunch. It is also a popular Sunday brunch destination.
Customers can avoid the hassle of Hollywood street parking by taking advantage of the Cat & Fiddle’s valet parking.
The Cat & Fiddle Restaurant & Pub
6530 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038