Photos by Victoria Pindrik

When you walk around Studio City, there are several bars in the area that have a different vibe. No doubt that from the moment you step into Forman’s Whiskey Tavern, you don’t feel like you’re in a typical Los Angeles atmosphere anymore. Forman’s Tavern, named after the man who founded Toluca Lake, has all the elements of a bar you’d expect, except it’s made to look like the inside of a huntsmen lodge, with various animal heads on the wall, all sorts of mugs hanging from the ceiling and everything from the bar, tables and stools made from wood. You get the outdoorsy ambiance from the moment you step in. 

I had the chance to attend Forman’s Whiskey Tavern’s 2nd Anniversary and had the opportunity to meet with some of the staff that works there and try some of their bestselling food items and of course… the whiskey!

One of their must-try items on the menu is the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, which was not only suggested by the staff but by the regulars who are always there. The sandwich is made with spicy honey mustard slaw and pickled green tomato, and this combination of the flavors made it probably one of the best chicken sandwiches I’ve had and can see why people recommend it. With the sandwich I tried one of their signature whiskey cocktails, the “Ye Olde Rustic,” since I’m not the biggest whiskey drinker, but love trying a variety of cocktails. This was AMAZING! The combination of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, strawberries, ginger, honey, lemon rhubarb bitters and soda make it out to be one refreshing drink! Their most popular drink, on their New Fashioned Old Fashioneds list, is the Forman’s Old Fashioned: Old Forester Bourbon, Averna and Dom Benedictine topped off with spiced cherry bitters, which makes all the difference! 

Forman’s Whiskey Tavern is a great place for a happy hour or to catch up with friends! Great drinks, delicious food and a cozy atmosphere. Check them out on Wednesdays when they have different whiskey flights all the time!

Forman’s Whiskey Tavern
10149 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA

Sunday to Wednesday noon-midnight, Thursday to Saturday noon-2 a.m.