It’s a return to life for Phoenix LA (formerly The Phoenix), that Beverly Hills craft beer bar known for its opening steak frites-only menu and eventual demolition at the hands of the growing Metro purple line. Now the place is back, having transitioned over onto West Third Street inside a former carpet and tile business.
Owner Adolfo Suaya personally designed the completely remodeled space with architect Christoph Kapeller, which now includes a beautiful thick marble bar and lots of communal seating. The place has a deep wood and gold vibe, making it something akin to Petit Trois or Downtown’s new Westbound. Things are brassy and dim, with colorful tile below and a patio out back capable of holding screenings and outdoor games as well.
Mostly the focus will be inside on all that booze, as Ryan Sweeney and the Goat Group (including Alen Aivazian and Brandon Bradford) have pulled together an extensive and impressive list of whiskey and other spirits. There will also be craft beer, brandy, wine, and cocktails to enjoy. The food menu is a light retooling of what was previously found at the original Phoenix, including a focus on skirt steak and fries. You’ll also find a simple house salad, grilled merguez sausage, and a chicken paillard.
The location at 8480 West Third puts them on the western edge of the strip, right by the currently under-construction Beverly Center and next door to defunct sausage spot Link. There’s a lot to like about that stretch, from the clubby Toca Madera to Berlins, perhaps LA’s best doner kebab destination.
Phoenix LA opens Monday, June 6, with hours from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly. They’ll also be running happy hour weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
8480 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA