Party Earth Review On the outskirts of Downtown, smack dab in the middle of the Arts District, there’s a little slice of Belgium called the Little Bear gastropub. There’s not much down this stretch of the aptly-named Industrial Street... ... read full review
1855 Industrial Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Food service ends at midnight
Downtown, Los Angeles –
On the outskirts of Downtown, smack dab in the middle of the Arts District, there’s a little slice of Belgium called the Little Bear gastropub.
There’s not much down this stretch of the aptly-named Industrial Street, although the venue’s towering red doors would make it easy to spot even if there were. Inside, a simple design of bare concrete walls and loft-like ceilings creates a modern ambiance where claustrophobic patrons will feel at ease.
The regular midweek crowd is usually a hybrid of Downtown coworkers trying not to get smoked salmon on their ties and local artists trying not to get paint on the cozy wooden tables, while sports fans duck in to catch a few minutes of the game on the TVs above the bar, trying (and failing) to resist the large assortment of rotating drafts.
Evenings pick up as the central dining area fills with laughing ladies celebrating a girls’ night out over Duvels and moules frites, still-suited businessmen drinking away their stresses with bottles of Chimay Blue, and hipster foodies giving in to the hazelnut shortbreads and chocolate waffles.
That’s how it usually unfolds at Little Bear. Even for patrons who only intend to go for a quick bite, this is the kind of place where dinner turns into drinks, one drink turns into five, and any big plans for tomorrow suddenly don’t seem so important after all.
Beer lovers, foodies, area artists, Downtown businessmen, groups of friends exploring Industrial Street, folks priced out of swanky Church & State restaurant across the street, area loft residents, and Belgian expats, mid-20s to 40s.
Ambient background music conducive to conversation. Handful of flat-screens above the bar usually tuned to sports.
Menu of Belgian specialties and American pub food, including moules frites, smoked salmon sandwiches, burgers, farro burgers, duck confit, and hangar steak.
Appetizers $5–$12, salads $6–$16, sandwiches $10–$15, entrées $16–$20. Beer $6–$20+, wine $9–$11, cocktails and liquor $9–$19+. Valet $4.
From casual to trendy: business suits, slacks, skinny jeans, button-downs, blazers, flowy blouses, high heels, chic skirts, sexy leather boots.
Friday and Saturday nights for a romantic date (or possibly to find one), or any time midday to sample the lunch fare minus the crowds.
Pour Haus (1820 Industrial Street), located only a few doors down on the opposite side of the street, is to wine what Little Bear is to beer: a chill little haunt with a wine-by-the-glass menu that rotates regularly.