They’re out there just being regular walls when Elliott Smith precipitously stands in front of them, catapulting them into Los Angeles rock lore.
This is the story of just such a wall.
And the Negronis and burgers that exist behind it.
It’s the story of Bar Angeles, a new, indie-inspired neighborhood tavern from the Horse Thief/Cafe Birdie bunch, opening Tuesday in Silver Lake.
Remember that friend’s basement made for drinking and listening to albums? This is the sophisticated version of that. A lo-fi local named for an Elliott Smith song, with plywood holding the mezcal and rye over the bar, and a portion of the mural made famous from Smith’s Figure 8 album cover surgically attached to the interior. Remember albums?
Anyway, you’ll come here with low-hoopla dates and friends, when a solid drink with a cheddar burger, a clam pizza or short rib au poivre with fries behooves you. Sit at the glass-block window looking onto Sunset with a glass of European wine or a Black Lodge (bourbon, Laphroaig, Cynar and Montenegro), and discuss the first thing passing by.
Which part is the haircut, and which part is the beard?