The time has come for The Whisperer in Echo Park, which took over the long-dead Red Hill last October, following a bit of back and forth with ownership there who insisted, for a time, that Red Hill would return. The new spot, now officially open per UrbanDaddy, will bring a decidedly more evening-focused feel to the place.
First, a bunch of ominous black paint went up on the outside indicating the changeover to The Whisperer by co-owner Dion Antic. Then a few weeks ago the bar’s Facebook page came to life with sneak interior shots of the unfinished place, ultimately culminating in a sneak preview party last week. Now anyone can get inside the dimly lit room, which features 15 taps, a variety of wines, and lots of communal seating.
There’s a deep bar to one end with room for seven or eight to sit on plush black stools, plus a run of first-come seating down the middle of the room and two-tops spread across the outer edges. The old Red Hill patio is even back, albeit in a truncated way, with seating for a few more bodies just outside.
The menu is a mix of timeless pub favorites (french fries with bordelaise sauce) and popular bar snacks from last year’s catalogue (shishito peppers), plus options like "Great Freakin’ Ribs" and "Mom’s Noodle Broth". Or, go old school with a $19 plate of spaghetti and meatballs, or an $18 plate of fried chicken. Beers come from local purveyors like Golden Road, Smog City, Boomtown, and Cismontane.
Hours for The Whisperer run 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily, with curated music from Piper Ingram and food from opening chef Al Gordon.
1325 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA