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Victorian Cocktail Vibes Come to Downtown at Clayton’s Public House

The first-ever look inside the finished Spring Arcade anchor

Step inside the long-awaited Clayton’s Public House, a Victorian throwback laced with deep wood tones and plenty of stained glass. The project lands inside the airy Spring Arcade in Downtown, with June 12 projected as the opening day.

Clayton’s Public House is the work of Tony Gower and Elizabeth Peterson-Gower. The former is a longtime serial restaurateur locally and abroad, having previously opened Royal Clayton’s in what ultimately became The Little Bear space in the Arts District in 2010; the latter stays busy as the CEO and founder of EPG LA, a consulting firm that specializes in urban development. The pair have had their hands on this corner Historic Core space for more than half a decade, slowly transforming it into a dim den for drinks and dinner.

Inside, expect nearly three-dozen beers on tap, plus bourbons and cocktails under Krisi Jensen (71Above, The Must), each with a refined turn-of-the-last-century appeal. Food comes from Matt Bata, formerly of Alexander’s Steakhouse, and focuses on pub fare like salads, burgers, mac & cheese, plus classics like fish and chips.

Clayton’s Public House officially opens on June 12, keeping daily hours from 11 a.m. to midnight, or 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The opening menu is below.

Clayton’s Public House
541 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA

Inside the dim dining area
Design and decor details
The big wooden bar
Tall ceilings
Clayton’s Public House

Lots of glow

Beet salad gravlax
Fish & chips
Milk punch
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