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Peek Inside Downtown LA's Upcoming Mikkeller Bar

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The world famous craft beer name is set to open this fall

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.

Downtown’s upcoming Mikkeller Bar is deep in the construction phase, with teams on site starting to bring in equipment and plot out finishing details in hopes of a fall debut. Take a look inside at how things are coming along.

First, the space is massive. The former 1916 Discount Tire building has been completely revitalized into a multi-zone restaurant and bar space that will include options for private dining, a small side bar that will double as a morning coffee and takeaway destination, plus the large main taproom with views of South Park into Downtown.

There’s room for well over 150 inside, whether that’s in a series of wide booths or as part of an extra-long bar against the back wall. That’s where local owner Chuck Stilphen plans to put in a bunch of high-tech craft beer gadgetry that will allow for individually temperature-controlled beers to pour from a number of taps behind the bar. You’ll also be able to belly up to those aforementioned windows and grab a breeze with friends.

The second, smaller bar

The second, smaller bar

As for the kitchen, there’s no formal menu in place yet but expect hearty food that pairs well with all that beer. Stilphen has already gotten his hand on a commercial-grade smoker and the hoods in the kitchen are already up, so things are progressing along nicely.

From now on, expect the bar to start to take shape rapidly. A projected October opening could be ambitious as there are still moving parts to be evened out, but soon enough, Downtown will get to taste amazing craft beer from one of the best bar companies in the world.

Mikkeller Bar
330 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA