Friend invited Madame Z and me for Christmas drinks to Palomino last night. First visit ever despite living two blocks away.
Delightful atmosphere - charming bar filled with clubby furniture (comfortable) - lots of people but attentive waitperson who described the feature of the bar - half price appetizers (about 20 varieties) between 5 and 8 daily. Noise level high but not impossible to hold a conversation (good acoustics and high ceilings must have helped) but the atmosphere was so festive and warm.
Then went to the dining room - again an inviting space, excellent service and a waiter who did not sniff because after eating pizza and heaps of mussels, we only wanted to split salads for dinner plus a jumbo dish of really good cherry/apple cobbler.
Prompt valet service too. Patrick our waiter gave us two for one dinner coupons for January and February to ensure our return! We'll be back.
Glendon and Lindbrook (l block N. of Wilshire),