By Jenny Peters
Anejo Cantina & Grill opened in the Fall of 2015, much to the delight of Angelenos living in Sherman Oaks and throughout the rest of the San Fernando Valley and into Los Angeles beyond. For this convivial Mexican watering hole has it all, from luscious guacamole made table side and the greatest bacon-wrapped shrimp you have ever tasted to a rocking nighttime bar scene and live music every Thursday through Saturday nights.
Flamenco or mariachi bands get the diverse crowd moving and the scene swirling as this popular nightlife scene unfolds on those long weekends. Meanwhile, Happy Hour happens every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with margaritas go for $3, sangria, wine and beer for $4 and plenty of appetizers are offered at reasonable prices to soak up all those spirits. Big sports events shown on multiple TVs make the bar the place to be, especially during the Lakers and Clippers NBA season as well as the seasons of the Dodgers and Kings; college sports played by UCLA and USC also draw a crowd, no matter what time of day they are on; and being a Latino-flavored restaurant, Anejo Cantina (of course) shows World Cup and other soccer matches as well.
Supporting your team whether they win or lose is easy when you’re sipping the cantina’s specialty cocktails featuring house-infused tequilas and vodkas; be sure to try the rockin’ Pineapple Jalapeno Martini that bursts with spicy goodness and take a taste of their signature Flaming Cucumber Martini, too. There’s plenty of classic Mexican fare as well. We recommend sampling the crispy Mexico City Flautas, the spiced-up Shrimp Ceviche and another bacon-wrapped delight, jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, for starters. If you’re still hungry, remember that the main courses and house specialties are huge plates of food, so perhaps share the main course, too, eating house-made Tamales or the Carne Asada; but don’t miss the Chili Verde, which is simply splendid, pork smothered in a tangy green tomatillo sauce. Go all out decadent and finish up with the Deep Fried Ice Cream and the Nutella Cheese Cake for dessert.
There are plenty of places to spread out at Anejo Cantina, for with 11,000 square feet at this second-floor party outpost on busy Ventura Boulevard (located very close to the 405 freeway for easy access), everyone easily finds a special area to call their own. The outdoor patio is particularly inviting, with fire pits surrounded by comfortable couches, designed for drinking and socializing. There are spots to dance as well, and quieter places perfect for romantic conversations over a glass of bubbly or a Mexican coffee. So whatever nightlife experience you might be looking for on a given evening, Anejo Cantina may just be your ticket to having a fun time in the San Fernando Valley.
Anejo Cantina & Grill
14755 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California