RARE by Drai’s, located on the former site of the venerable Le Dome restaurant at 8720 W. Sunset in West Hollywood, is the latest divine food and beverage invention of genius restaurateur and night club owner Victor Drai. The elegant steak house, featuring a menu with the Drai culinary touch, is an amazing and beautifully appointed dining room, designed with bright splashes of red fabric and décor, and dim lighting. The club style lounge is alive with people, and stunning artwork fills the walls.


Victor-EE Vodka Martini

The RARE by Drai’s Mixologist Chris Hewes is really on his game preparing a bevy of signature cocktails for guests in the lounge; some waiting to dine or wishing to just relax over one of the unique Drai beverages that include signature drinks with names like Interview with the Vampire (Akvinta Vodka, Arbol Chili infused St. Germain, berries & Jalapeno), The K.G.B. (Chamomile infused Jameson Black Barrel & R. Jelnik Fernet Buckwheat Honey), Rare Manhattan (Templeton Rye Whiskey, Byrrh Quinquina, Fortified Wine Cymar), The Victor-EE (Rambutan & Lychee infused Vodka Martini), Black Dahlia (Black Mission Fig Infused Pisco Arugula, Ginger Beer), Scarlet Liaison (London Dry Gin, Blood Orange Persimmon & Mint), Paper Airplanes (Nolet Gin Aperol, Paolucci Amaro Ciociaro & Cherry Heering Foam) and last but not least On Sunset (Tequila Ocho Plata, Arbol Chill infused St. Germain Honey, Lemon, Ginger).


Mixologist Chris Hewes

Watching Chris Hewes preparing The Victor-EE, Black Dalia and the Paper Airplane is quite entertaining, and these cocktails are not only very visually appealing, but unique in taste. The preparation of these signature cocktails attracts the attention of everyone at the bar, and generates lots of conversation among the patrons. The patio lounge overlooks Sunset Boulevard, and is a glamorous meeting place.

Tuna Small Plate

Tuna Small Plate


A bevy of small plates are also enjoyed with cocktails at the bar in the lounge, including their stunning version of Ahi tuna with chips and their goat cheese salad with tomatoes, greens and olives. They are all paired well with cocktails and are really outstanding,

Salad with Greens, assorted tomatoes, olives and goat cheese

Salad with Greens, assorted tomatoes, olives and goat cheese


Victor, who was moving through the venue greeting guests, is still the same handsome and smartly dressed man he was when I met him in 1993 at the opening of Drai’s on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles. His brilliant recent ventures include two restaurant nightclubs in Las Vegas, Drai’s on the top of the W Hotel in Hollywood, which closed last year, and RARE by Drai’s which opened its doors on December 17, 2013. For reservations, and you will need them, call (310) 360-1525.


By Bonnie Carroll