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Blue Collar, A Relaxed New Drinking Den on Fairfax

Vinny Laresca, who owns Rusty Mullet and Outpost, is bringing back the casual 1950's cocktail bar back to Fairfax.

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.

Step inside Blue Collar and find a small watering hole that's perfect for quiet weekday meeting or lively weekend revelry. Yes, the name seems to imply that it's some dive bar in the Midwest but the interior is much more like a suave lounge where a young Don Draper might be trying to woo a companion for the night.

Vinny Laresca, who owns Rusty Mullet and Outpost, is trying to class up Fairfax by taking over the old Sheddy's with a dark room filled with reflective surfaces, a tin roof, and plush leather banquettes. It's more of a place that might be tucked onto Cahuenga or maybe even Downtown's Historic Core.

If you're looking for a fancy cocktail though, look elsewhere, because there isn't even a list here. Bartenders here are more apt to remember who you are and the kind of drink you'll order again and again, say a classic martini or manhattan done with good spirits. And if quality's your game, try something like a single malt scotch or small batch whiskey. Aaron Stepka, who's done time at A Frame and Oldfield's is manning the overall program. Open every evening at 7 p.m.

Blue Collar
361 S. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA