Matthew Hechter and Christopher Brandon announce the debut of WILD BEAST on Wednesday evening July 19, 2017.  Discretely tucked alongside the entrance of Verlaine restaurant, WILD BEAST signals a return to  fashionable Parisian salons and secluded Hollywood drinking dens. The intimate indoor space, previously a sheltering Hollywood celebrity enclave, has been re-imagined as a lush, design driven haven for the celebration of proper cocktails, light bites, music, art, and social engagement.

Hechter and Brandon tapped mixologist John Neumueller to lead the WILD BEAST spirits programs. Previously of the highly regarded bar teams at Los Angeles restaurants Tasting Kitchen and Scopa Italian Roots, Neumueller initiated his tenure with the recent debut of an all new, seasonally inspired drinks menu for Verlaine. Neumueller describes his plans for WILD BEAST as a “thoughtful, classically minded, comprehensive beverage program.” Summertime offerings will bring a core of meticulous hand crafted classic cocktails that pay homage to the history of the space, with seasonal tonics and spritzes bookended by market driven daily offerings and a carefully curated menu of quality and rare spirits. With an eye toward impeccable, detail oriented service and craftsmanship, WILD BEAST is designed to complement the flavorful simplicity of the elevated Baja street foods on offer from Verlaine Chef Diego Hernandez, a compact menu of bites that will evolve nightly with the local markets.

Look for the black door.


8715 Beverly Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90048

Wednesday – Sunday, 7pm until 2am

Closed Monday & Tuesday

WILD BEAST will soon begin accepting reservations.


Photos: Carla Choy Photography