Downtown’s latest craft beer behemoth is ready for its debut tomorrow. This is Barrel Down, a 40-tap wünderbar with a drinks program from the Beertender LA guys, Dylan Snyder and Steven Zakarian. In fact, they love the place so much, they’ll be running their homebrew club out of the back.
Inside, the sleek wooden lines and sturdy stools from designer Ricki Kline give the place an undeniable beer hall feel. The space is relatively spare, save for some brickwork and pendant lighting, while the worn floor makes the place feel much more comfortable. Wooden booths and some longer padded wraparound seating work great for larger parties, and the long, elegant bar is a no-brainer for solo drinkers looking to catch the game on one of the hanging TVs, or wanting to simply enjoy the dozens of all-American craft beer options on tap.
Beyond the beer (served by Cicerone.org-certified bartenders, no less), there will be a curated collection of cocktails and wines to choose from. And at the near end of the bar, there’s counter service for food, which ranges from sandwiches to shared plates. Dishes have been crafted by chef Derrick de Jesus, who was last working at Union, and are approachable and snacky, without foregoing quality — think buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches and DIY tacos. Check out the full beer and wine menus below.
Barrel Down opens tomorrow, Thursday May 28, serving dinner and late night hours (for now). Eventually, food will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., while drinks continue on until 2 a.m. A weekday-only happy hour lands from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well.
525 W. 7th St.Downtown