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General Lee's Is Finally Invading Chinatown With Craft Cocktails

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A seasoned nightlife impresario brings some classy drinks to this burgeoning stretch of Downtown

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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.

Chinatown is having quite the field day picking up new restaurants and bars by the day. The latest to hit Chinatown, despite a lengthy "soft" opening and interior build out, is General Lee's, taking over the old Mountain Bar in the heart of this historic Downtown neighborhood. Founded by JB Moresco (Smoke & Mirrors, Writer's Room), who currently works as the Nightlife Director at the Hollywood Roosevelt, this classic space once entertained the likes of Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minelli, Frank Sinatra, and Gary Cooper.

Though it was slated for a redesign in 2013, a new team headed by designer William Edwards was brought in to instill a "tiki" vibe. The striking new interior has a bit of that old time Chinatown flair, though with some carefully placed antique charm that makes this the kind of room one will enjoy for years to come. The drinks have been put together by Gez McAlpine (The Keefer Bar, Vancouver), though starting November 25, a slew of guest bartenders will helm the counter and sling drinks on Tuesdays once a month. At the moment, hours run Tuesday to Saturday until late.

See the current fall cocktail menu below:

General Lee's Cocktail Menu

General Lee's

475 Gin Lin Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 625-7500