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Cool New Cocktail Bar Hides Inside an Echo Park Thai Restaurant

Plus, drinks time at Redbird and Genever, and a chicken tender festival

The main room of the Spirit House, a cocktail bar in Echo Park, California
Spirit House
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Spirit House Echo Park is a vibe

The new Spirit House Echo Park is not only a candle-lit cocktail bar, but also a live music venue tucked behind a red curtain at the rear of Sticky Rice. Serial restauranteurs and Spirit House owners David Tewasart and Bryan Sharafkhah-Sharp’s goal was to build a classic, Thai-themed cocktail bar menu with tropical or lesser-known drinks. Not a single martini, old fashioned, or negroni is in sight. They’ll also host live music every week with local musicians and DJs Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. until midnight, and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

In other news:

Redbird’s bar director and cocktail master Tobin Shea launches a new menu with 24 new cocktails. Get the new items starting November 20, including the sailor’s pay drink with Casa Magdalena rum, Rum Fire Jamaican white rum, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto liqueur, lime, grapefruit, honey, and IPA.

—Southern California is still cranking out new Nashville hot chicken spots. Eyes everywhere sleuth ToddRickAllen noted that Angry Chickz is headed to Encino’s Ventura Boulevard on November 20.

—Historic Filipinotown’s Genever is hosting an intimate punch making classes staring November 20. The first two-hour class is $150 per person, where eight attendees will learn the essentials of making a boozy punch bowl. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

A punch bowl from Genever restaurant in Historic Filipinotown
Genever’s punch
Bradley Tuck

—Touted as a “celebration of all things pounded, breaded and fried,” LA’s first Tenderfest is tonight at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. If an interactive chicken tender museum isn’t enough, the competitors are with Raising Cane’s, Fuku, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, and Dave’s Hot Chicken in the VIP section. Chefs Nancy Silverton, Wolfgang Puck, Timothy Hollingsworth, and Chris Oh will be on-hand to interpret the chicken tenders before a panel of judges.

—Eat for a cause at the annual Taste of the Rams on November 18. Head to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Globe Garden from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with dishes from some of LA’s finest chefs, including Rossoblu’s Steve Samson, Osteria Cal Mare’s Adam Sobell, and Ern Kewathatip and Noree Pla from Luv2Eat Thai Bistro. Tickets are available online.


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