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Downtown Continues to Bank on the Enduring Cocktail Pub

Barrel Down switches up on Downtown's white-hot 7th and Grand intersection

Barrel Down, Downtown
Barrel Down, Downtown
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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.

There’s soon to be no more Barrel Down, as insiders say the craft beer-focused bar on 7th Street will shutter in one week’s time. That should leave room for newcomer Brack Shop Tavern to hit the scene a few weeks later.

Though the name is new, the group behind Brack Shop is anything but. Adam Weisblatt, Angus McShane, and Holly Zack comprise Last Word Hospitality, and have been a force on the boozy side of the city for some time now. Their most recent project, the Thai takeout spot turned wine bar Same Same in Silver Lake, has been drawing rave reviews almost since day one.

With Brack Shop, the plan is to focus on cocktails primarily, though there will be some tap lines available for craft beer as well. You’ll also find some craft sodas on offer, plus a bar menu that looks beyond the usual pub grub with more seasonal fare.

Ricki Kline Design + Build is behind the redevelopment of the restaurant, which will transform from a minimalist and sturdy den for beer in Barrel Down into something cozier for the neighborhood. It’s going to be a quick transition though, as Brack Shop Tavern eyes a mid-September opening.

Brack Shop Tavern
525 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA