The world always needs clubbier, and more exclusive cocktail lounges, and The Walker Inn is the newest to join the ranks. With a program built by Alex Day, Dave Kaplan, and Devon Tarby of Proprietors, LLC (with a hand from 213 Hospitality), the Inn takes over a fancy wood-paneled room deep inside the Hotel Normandie.
First things first, you'll need a reservation to get in, so make one here. Second, you should know that the main offerings here are built upon an omakase situation. The lower $45 one comes with two drinks and maybe some other additions, like a refreshing amuse cocktail. Most drinks also come with either sidecar or fancy chaser. The most extensive tasting runs $115, which should make you drunk enough to wander into one of the Hotel Normandie's rooms.
Remember that when The Walker Inn was initially conceived, it was meant to be a "bar & bed." With eight separate boutique rooms still in construction, those rooms won't be available until a few more weeks. But eventually, you'll be able to wander upstairs into those swanky quarters and knock out for the night. Or, ostensibly, keep drinking.
At the moment, Day and Tarby are working on a rather high concept menu revolving around the Pacific Coast Highway. Theatrics rule the realm here, with vapors, smoke, and juices pulled from fruits to order. The sunken bar allows cocktailians to interact nearly eye-to-eye with bartenders.
The Walker Inn is currently open from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Wednesdays to Sundays.
The Walker Inn
3612 W. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA