Upcoming drinkery Barrel Down has been a bit delayed since its first anticipated opening back in February, but the downtown beer hall hopes to let the taps flow by the end of April at latest. Bartenders Steven Zakarian and Dylan Snyder will no longer be pouring from behind the bar (the Barrel Down team says they were only on as consultants), but their initial drinks program remains and the pair will still be hosting occasional homebrew nights on site.
The plan is make Barrel Down a serious beer drinkers paradise. Bartenders will be certified cicerone beer servers and will rotate taps from well-known American breweries with a national presence like Bell’s, as well as a large array of Southern California specialists. Chef Derrick de Jesus is on board for the kitchen’s beer hall menu, which includes such recently popular staples as fried chicken sandwiches, wings, pretzels and grilled cheese sandwiches.
The plan is for a fully realized patio for outdoor drinkers, while inside offers tall ceilings, booths and more than a few communal tables. Apparently there’s even going to be a private space upstairs, only accessible by something called "e-ticket tokens" which sounds equally futuristic and old timey.
Though still under construction, Barrel Down did just complete a successful Kickstarter to "help build community," and looks to drop later in April with lunch, dinner and late bar service.
525 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA