Bar Watch 2014: The 11 Most Exciting Venues Opening Now

The Place: This "post-Prohibition cocktail bar" in the Melrose shopping district is chock full of distressed accessories including a fireplace (for those freezing L.A. nights), tile ceilings, and a back bar made from an apothecary cabinet. Primarily a drink-focused spot, they'll also serve grilled cheese sandwiches and salads from the restaurant next door, and offer live music on Tuesdays. At launch they'll have five cocktails on draft plus a small drink menu that rotates frequently. Sometime down the road, the menu will morph into a larger book including everything from tiki drinks to tincture-focused concoctions and modern/molecular cocktails.
The Pedigree: Consider it a supergroup—the bar program is overseen by co-owner Zach Patterson (Bagatelle, Black Market Liquor Bar), with a little help from his friends who happen to include Julian Cox (Comme ça, Rivera), Josh Goldman (Sotto, Acabar) and Paul Sanguinetti (Stark Bar at LACMA). Or just call it barmonic convergence.

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Dani Goodman