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Village Tavern, A New Neighborhood Pub in Atwater

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Elizabeth Daniels 5/13

Here's the first look into Atwater Village's new watering hole, Village Tavern, produced by Maurice Rodriguez, an Atwater resident for almost thirty years. According to Rodriguez, he wanted to make a bar and restaurant that's good for the neighborhood, and also a little bit different than the only other options on the block for beer and liquor: Club Tee Gee and Link N' Hops. Village Tavern is his response to the need for more night life: a well-constructed bar menu by the guys behind Stop, Guac, & Roll as well as a full cocktail program and a respectable lineup of craft beers.
The inside has a modest, if unoriginal look that's prevalent these days, but still familiar and relaxed. The unpretentious nature of the place will be a sure hit with those living walking distance or a short shot away in Silver Lake or Glendale. Local artists have painted murals on both the entrance and the back corridor, giving the place an artsy vibe. There's TVs for sports viewing and more (should be a great spot on Sundays when the farmer's market hits nearby and when football season starts). Bar bites include tortas, tacos with fresh handmade tortillas, boneless chicken wings, and chips & dip.

The rotating craft beer list is mostly local, with brews by Angel City, Golden Road, Eagle Rock Brewery, and more, while specialty craft bottles will be available. At the moment a cocktail list hasn't been assembled while six wines will be available by the glass, along with sangrias, champagnes, and ciders. Opening date is still undetermined as the final inspections haven't been passed, but looking at the construction, it looks like Rodriguez's bar will be ready to go within two weeks or so. Initial hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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