WHY Classic cocktails and sandwiches in an old-timey setting in the heart of Downtown. And the speakeasy-like Varnish Bar in the back is one of the coolest watering holes in L.A.
WHAT Vintage L.A. meets the modern cocktail culture at this renovated landmark. It’s appropriate that for a tavern that claims to be the city’s oldest public house, the featured (and very well-made) cocktails are longtime favorites like Manhattans and Sazeracs. And the dips—beef, turkey, lamb or pastrami—and their accompaniments (cole slaw, fries, mac ‘n cheese) hit the spot.