DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – With a beer and cocktail program that every person in the whole Financial District will want, the new City Tavern in downtown Los Angeles will open today as an expanded second home for the Westside gastropub that has since 2011 been known as a major supporter of local breweries.
General Manager Matt Meiers says of the new location “This one is Culver City’s City Tavern on steroids.” City Tavern will start serving the public on February 4 at 5 p.m.
In addition to its glossy, transit-friendly location across from the conceptual food court TASTE inside the FIGat7th shopping center, downtown’s City Tavern has more food, more drinks and is more than double the size of the original brick-and-cooper neighboord bar in Culver City. Chef de cuisine Randy Montoya built upon Culver City’s menu, adding a raw, chilled seafood section to an already healthy list of seasonal, beer-friendly dishes.
The cocktails are being updated too, thanks to mixologists Brent Falco and Cari Hah, former mixers at Cole’s, Neat, The Varnish and other downtown spots, who will be head bartenders at the new City Tavern. “Our approach is always spirit first,” Hah says. “We seek to highlight the best spirits and see the other cocktail ingredients as just enhancements.”
To add onto the food and liquor, the DTLA City Tavern will also maintain the brand’s dedication to local craft. 27 of the 28 taps will always be flowing with beer from Los Angeles-area breweries and beer events will continue to take place either weekly or every other week.
The inaugural affair will be An Evening with Local Brewers on Feb. 6, a blow-out night featuring beers and faces from practically every Southland brewery.
After that, expect the usual pint nights and beer dinners, as well as cross-promotions like passport cards that will give perks to customers who frequent both locations.