Small Step Forman

Bourbon and Burgers from the Laurel Tavern Clan

By UrbanDaddy Staff ·
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Warner Brothers will probably like your heartwarming robot saga.

But they’ll definitely love your mezcal snow cone idea.

Embrace the logic at Forman’s, a pastoral new watering hole with shaved-ice drinks and bar food kissed by an 801-pound smoker, soft-opening Friday in Toluca Lake.

These guys opened Laurel Tavern, then Downtown’s Spring Street Bar, Library Bar and Beelman’s Pub. Now they’re back in the Valley to squeeze more than 100 kinds of whiskey into a fetching Adirondack hunting lodge hung with stuffed pheasants, jackalope horns, snowshoes and a sled. Rosebud. Rosebud. (See it here.)

And it’s perfectly positioned by Warner Brothers and ABC to take the edge off your last pitch meeting on a leather stool at the long wood bar. That’s where to toast (or drown) everything that just happened with a Cucumber Swizzle (cucumber juice with mezcal, yellow Chartreuse, ginger and lime) over shaved ice.

We could also see you and some associate producers settling in for smoked wings, fried-chicken sandwiches and double-ground burgers with beer and bourbon mint sweet tea from the 20 taps. Order those at the bar and they’ll bring them to the patio.

Patios have performed well with test audiences.


10149 Riverside Dr
Toluca Lake, CA, 91602


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