Neat’s run in Glendale appears to be over. The four year old bar first opened by Aidan Demarest back in 2011 has certainly enjoyed some success north of the 134, but is now rumored to be shuttering in favor of a new space in North Hollywood.
Perhaps it was the hyper-specific nature of Neat’s approach to cocktails — no real menu, over 300 spirits, each generally served straight up (with a chaser) unless otherwise requested. Perhaps it was the unlikely location at the far reaches of Glendale, almost to the base of the Verdugo Mountains. It’s certainly not Demarest, who spent time building a name for himself at places like Seven Grand and The Spare Room.
Whatever the reason for the cross-town transfer, Neat is not long for life in Glendale, as it plans to shutter March 30 at that location. Instead, rumor has it that Demarest and his team will be taking over the current Little Toni’s space on Lankershim in North Hollywood.
The Italian spot has a neighborhood history all its own, so it’ll be interesting to see what a craft cocktail takeover will look like for the area. Don’t expect to be able to grab a drink in NoHo tomorrow though; these things take time.
For now, drinkers can bide their time at the nearby Idle Hour, which has Chris Amirault working the stick.