Downtown should ready itself for another new craft beer bar, as Bernadette’s hopes to come to life on Broadway by mid-summer. The small space sits on the same block as Grand Central Market, right between all-day coffee and Italian spot Pestolini and a perfume shop.
Owner Jim VanBlaricum is a California native who spent years in New York City working at bars like The Drink and Nitehawk Cinema. The name is a partial homage to his mother, but more importantly sounds like a well-worn bar that’s just always existed — which is exactly what VanBlaricum is looking for. The 1,000 square foot space will have room for a long L-shaped bar, a bit of other seating against the opposite wall, and a cabinet version of the popular arcade game Tapper.
There won’t be shag carpeting or Schlitz on tap — this isn’t Davey Wayne’s — but you should expect a bit of kitsch tossed in with all that throwback charm.The drinks side will be gloriously up to date, with ten taps that (mostly) each remain dedicated to a certain style like pilsner or IPA, but rotate through mostly local breweries as new kegs come up.
Bernadette’s is approved for all-day hours, but will likely open sometime in July with only a 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly timeframe and serving beer and wine only. That could change over time, especially as VanBlaricum looks to slowly add a simple food program from behind the bar, but for now expect a happy hour and late night crowd, spurred on by the nearby offices and foot traffic from nearby Grand Central Market. Bernadette’s hopes to open in a couple of months.
361 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA