The small group of attendees was comprised of an eclectic mix with some people settling into booths and others grouping around the mirror-light bar. There was also live music (which they won't have every night, but was definitely a nice touch for the evening), courtesy of a four piece string and brass band. The lounge itself is on the smaller side, with a large bar lining the south side of the room, club chairs framing the center of the room, and deep booths filling out the back wall. It will be interesting to see if the large space in the middle will be eventually utilized (for slow-dancing?).
Mark Peel's creations fit nicely in The Tar Pit's tableau - the full menu is simple, but elevated: Lobster & Scallop Newburg, Mussels Steamed in Wheat Ale, Steak & Kidney Pie, Gnocchi with Escargots. Jay Perrin also did a great job with the wine menu. The selection is a curated mix of wines form Italy to Slovenia, all at $38 per bottle. Overall a very pleasant evening and we're looking forward to seeing how The Tar Pit builds within LA's mid-city neighborhood. Stay tuned for more (brighter) photos later today.