Alcohol-infused tea? You can get it at the Tea Room at h.wood (if you can get in)
The Tea Room at h.wood is an exclusive one-room club within an already exclusive nightclub. Like a glammed-out Russian nesting doll, it is tucked inside the stolid concrete frame of h.wood, which is at the far end of the Hollywood & Highland complex in the tawdry heart of Hollywood.
It cracks its doors only on Wednesdays, when a rush of sultry young women and slender young men with intricate tattoos wait in line for admission. Very few will get in, however.
The Tea Room, which is owned by nightlife veteran Loyal Pennings and a duo of driven 29-year-old entrepreneurs named John Terzian and Brian Toll, trades inaccessibility for its hot-spot cachet.
It's called the Tea Room because it serves "prohibition tea," which is basically alcohol-infused tea, out of teapots, just like some speak-easies did during the 1920s.
The tea idea came naturally enough.
Back when the Tea Room was just a storage room for h.wood, Cher came to the club on a regular basis.
"She doesn't drink and she always wanted tea," Terzian says.
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