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Winter is Coming, and So Is Bar Angeles

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A strong new Sunset Boulevard stop lands in Silver Lake

The exterior of Bar Angeles, Silver Lake
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Silver Lake’s next crucial neighborhood bar could well be Bar Angeles, tucked right into a familiar address on Sunset Boulevard. The evening concept comes from Friends & Family Hospitality, the team behind other popular options around town from Horse Thief BBQ at Grand Central Market to Cafe Birdie in Highland Park. And, if all goes well, you’ll be able to step inside for a drink come January.

Construction is still well underway on the space, as you can see, but all the heavy lifting is pretty much done. That leaves the installation of some banquettes, communal tables, and plenty of other design-y touches from Sally Breer and the ETC.ETRA team, but otherwise things are looking food.

One major missing piece is the front window, which will etch itself into a square slice of the current Elliott Smith mural, right next to Dinosaur Coffee. The bar is in name and many other ways a nod to the musician himself, and the removed portion of the mural will actually be brought inside and kept on the far wall for all to see, while the exterior of the building gets a light refresh as well.

As for seating, expect a long banquette to hug one wall, with a lengthy bar running along the other. Down the middle will be three communal tables, while up against the front window look for a few more seats that peer out onto the street.

Current Cafe Birdie chef/partner Joey Booterbaugh will be overseeing the menu at Bar Angeles, which should be seriously relaxed (think Roberta’s in New York City, but with a California casualness). There will be pizzas, salads, a squid ink fried rice, and a vegan-friendly market vegetable sandwich to please just about everyone in the neighborhood.

If all goes according to plan, Bar Angeles should be ready to pour by January 2017. Operating hours call for drinks until 2 a.m. daily as well, though it’s unlikely (at least at first) that the place will carry on that late into the night. This isn’t a rowdy kind of bar anyways, just a place for the neighborhood to drink amongst friends.

Bar Angeles
4330 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA