Harlowe, the upcoming bar and lounge from 1933 Group, is slated to open to the public on May 16. Originally announced as Clementine, the group quickly changed the name to something that didn't overlap with an iconic local bakery. Here are a number of tidbits and details to know on the project, which takes over the former Crown Bar in West Hollywood:
1) The bar program is helmed by Dushan Zaric, who put together the menu at NYC's lauded Employees Only and Macao Trading Co. Together with manager Kyle Ackley, the menu boasts the Yellow Jacket, made with reposado tequila, yellow chartreuse, elderflower and grilled orange peel. LA Mag already gives heavy praise to the list and bartender lineup.
2) The menu comes via consulting chef Eric Greenspan, who also manages his Grilled Cheese shop and The Roof on Wilshire. Think roasted beets and carrots with goat cheese; caponata bruschetta with burrata and heirloom tomatoes; eclair bites with smoked whipped cream and dulce de leche.
3) Design is done by 1933's Bobby Green, who's putting together a pre-war glamour of antiques with hints of French and Italian flair. A circular bar stands in the middle of the space with custom steel stools and lined with hand-painted tiles. Colorful tiles, they're a thing right now in L.A.
4) More on the design: banquettes line the space; one from a vintage 1890's Iowa soda fountain that's catnip for antiques junkies out there, and the other lined with chocolate leather. A wrought iron fountain gets converted into a fish tank while old Belgian doors open up to the patio.
5) There's a cocktail with "boba" called Rye the Long Face? made with rye, honey, lemon, apple cider vinegar and pickled rhubarb boba.
7) This is the notable major venture in LA to open this year that focuses on the Golden Era of cocktails and lounges from the early 20th Century, with the first arrow from Faith & Flower in Downtown. Beelman's Pub in Downtown is another spot that's harking back to the glamorous part of pre-Prohibition drinking.
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