My Friday night started with a call from a cousin from the westside of L.A. (Mar Vista to be exact). He invited me out for a drink in his playground of Downtown L.A., which has had an enormous transformation since the days it was a place to never be at during the night.
We met outside the Seven Grand, located at 7th and Grand.
We were met at the door by a greeter (more bouncer-like) and ID's were check (I guess we're still young looking). We walk up a set of stairs to the second floor, everything seems dark and eerie, in an elegant mansion sort of way. Instantly we see 2 pool tables to our right and a very nice bar to our left.
As we approach the bar, a girl stops us and says, come over here for a whiskey tasting. So we're pulled aside to a side lounging area, where there are about another seven people standing in a circle. A man in a kilt begins explaining the Glenfiddich 12 year whiskey, and all the flavors it encloses. Followed by an explanation of the 18 year bottle. Flavors, palates, woods, cherry, oak, Europe, America, one is 86 proof, the other is etc. blah blah. He hands everyone 2 shot glasses, then has us all taste in unison the 12 year. Nice, but I didn't come here to drink whiskey, but it was pretty good. Next, the 18 year, i couldn't finish it, that was some strong stuff!
We now head to the bar where I originally wanted to be tasting some decent beer. But now I have this whiskey taste in my mouth and I'm needing a domestic light beer to wash it away. Well, there is no domestic on tap, at all. Closest thing I could get was a Hefeweizen. We had a few more, actually tried a few beers such as the 1903 and Telegraph, which we're pretty good beers.
The atmosphere was dark, and it felt like some kind of old english hunting lodge. Elks are all over the place on the walls, tables and lamps. The music was a bit strange but it sufficed. The staff was very nice and quick to help with anything. The crowd was also pretty decent, with no riff-raff really. It was funny to see a group by the pool table eating pizza that was brought by a pizza delivery guy. There's a pizza place you can order from literally called PIZZA NEXT DOOR.
Before we left, I did peek at an outside patio where you can step out for a nice cigar. They also have a place where you can purchase cigars. All in all, this is a very top notch bar and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to check out something unique in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.
51 West 7th Street
Downtown LA 90014
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