CAMP Cocktail Bar + Grill, Downtown Hollywood’s unique new establishment at 2051-B Hollywood Boulevard, is decidedly reminiscent of summer camp – minus the mosquitoes. The ambiance is enhanced by light bulb fixtures dangling from the ceiling on wires, while a wall adorned with various outdoor gear including canoe paddles, fishing poles, water skis and an orange life jacket reinforces the summer camp motif. The staff is even attired in camp counselor-style khaki shorts and T-shirts with the company logo.
The rustic wood bar offers a full bar as well as camp-themed craft cocktails such as the S'mores Martini and the Peanut Butter and Jealous, a concoction of peanut butter whiskey and raspberry liqueur. The menu features favorites including burgers, a chicken ranch BLT, bacon ranch fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, and chicken wings with sauces such as buffalo, garlic parmesan, and sweet Thai chili. Happy hour offers half-price beer, house wines, and well and call brand drinks from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday. CAMP Cocktail Bar + Grill also hosts DJ entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays, and there are plans to add live classic rock and a Camp Talent Show Night.
Rural upstate New York native John Wiltsey opened CAMP Cocktail Bar + Grill as a fun homage to his childhood memories of summer camp and lakeside cabin vacations with his family. Wiltsey said he always wanted to have his own business and be his own boss, and has combined his childhood camp memories with a strong background in customer service to create a novel customer experience. He characterized the historic arts, music and entertainment district as "a hidden gem" and cited the competitive rental rate as one reason he chose to open in Downtown Hollywood.
"I've always been drawn to the charm and the character and the historic buildings, and I always thought that Downtown Hollywood was something special," Wiltsey explained. "It's coming into its own and becoming a destination."
CAMP Cocktail Bar + Grill opens at 4:00 p.m. daily except Monday and closes at midnight Tuesday - Thursday and at 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The kitchen closes nightly at 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 754-263-1175, visit CampCocktailBar.com or check "CAMP Cocktail Bar + Grill" on Facebook for updates.