Jeffrey Z.

Jeffrey Z.

Los Angeles, California

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Aug 8, 2013
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Bar / Gastropub / Lounge
Aug 8, 2013

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  • Library Bar

    Los Angeles
    Bar / Gastropub / Lounge
    Library Bar - Bar | Gastropub | Lounge in Los Angeles.
    Aug 8, 2013 Library Bar is both fun and elegant "Headline: “Want to read a book? Want a drink? Well, there’s a place for you my friend!” Subhead: The Library Bar offers drinks inspired by famous authors and their work By Jeffrey Zide “The Old-Fashioned” Recipe 3 oz rye whiskey 1 muddled orange cherry 1 bitters-soaked sugar cube a few drops of soda water Served on ice with citrus peel garnish Have you ever wanted to read a book and curl up by a fire place with a drink in hand? What if you could do that in public? If you head down to West 6th St. in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, you will find the place to do just that - The Library Bar. The Library Bar is just as it sounds: a fusion of an actual library, complete with couches to curl up on with a good book, and a bar with a food and drink menu. It’s jam-packed on Saturday nights. If you want to bring a group, it’s best to make a reservation in advance, so you can have a place to sit. It can get very crowded within an hour of opening. The Library Bar is open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. and on weekends opens from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. You should arrive on weekends at 7 p.m. sharp if you would like to be served quickly. By 9:30 it will be standing room only. On the menu is your typical bar food: burgers and appetizers. For drinks they have Stella Artrolis and Craftsman on tap and an array of cocktails. Their most popular drink, and their speciality, is called “Old Fashioned.” The cocktail is a sweet with a sugar cube soaked in bitters and served with a muddled orange cherry. Some of their other drinks are the “Tequila Mockingbird,” the “Tennessee Williams” and “Checkov’s Mule.” These cocktails are priced between $10-12. Matt Freitas, general manager of the Library Bar for the last three years, admits that his favorite drink is the “Old Fashioned.” Freitas said he wanted the drinks to reflect the atmosphere of the location, placing an emphasis on scotch drinks and other drinks that represent a certain type of sophistication. The location was entirely deliberate; the bar being located on Hope St. with the street eventually dead-ending to the Los Angeles Public Library, Freitas said. Freitas said the owners had the location nailed-down before they even had a guarantee for the bar. “They wanted the patrons to have the feeling of being in some rich person’s library, with pipes and large black leather chairs,” Freitas said. " hide
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