Much has changed since 1927, including the price of a chicken dinner. When Marius Taix Jr. first opened Taix, he served chicken dinners for 50 cents. Though the price may have changed, owner Raymond Taix made sure that the French country cuisine didn’t. Meals still come with a tureen of soup and freshly baked French bread, and the dinner menu of roast chicken au jus, salmon filet with champagne cream, and frog legs Provencal still honors the founder's original intentions. And though Raymond's staff is considered “vintage”—some having served more than three generations—they can still hang with the night owls, serving entrees from a late-night menu until 1 a.m. Taix also feeds cravings for late-night entertainment. Thursdays and Fridays, the restaurant hosts live music in the 312 lounge. On Sundays, the lounge also features standup comedy.
Rambutan's elegant eatery welcomes diners to colorful feasts of coconut-milk curry, small plates of skewered barbecue, spicy papaya salad, and fragrant lemongrass noodle soups. Like a chauffeur wearing skinny jeans, the décor is cosmopolitan hip with a refined elegance, surrounding diners at close-knit tables with soft lighting. As guests sit on luxurious, padded seating, they tweeze lacquered chopsticks around morsels of water-chestnut-stuffed steamed dumplings, or they plunge spoons into aromatic galanga seafood soup or oyster mushroom tom yum. Weekends often find revelers sipping craft cocktails in the adjacent lounge area while DJs churn out danceable beats.
Inspired by the 1968 cult film, Barbarella Bar is a rockin’ cool neighborhood spot in the heart of Silver Lake. Happy hour is especially popular here, as locals hang out at the long bar or nestle into sexy leather banquettes. The patio offers a livelier scene with an open al fresco lounging atmosphere. On tap there are two dozen local craft brews and imported beer, while large, festive martinis range from pomegranate mint to an elderflower gimlet, and specialty cocktails include a Moscow Mule, Jalapeño Twist and house-made sangria. Patrons can graze on the likes of burrata bruschetta, tuna tartare or short rib tacos. Heartier plates feature miso salmon, pesto penne with artichokes, grass fed Angus burgers, gourmet pizza, and selections of charcuterie and cheese.
It seemed like a bright idea—taking the unoccupied basement of the Higgins Building, which once housed LA’s first private power plant, and converting it into one of the city’s premier craft-cocktail bars. Designer Andrew Meieran did just that, and created The Edison, a lounge inspired by the building’s 100-year history. The space was built around the original 1910 cast-iron generator, and has intertwined architectural styles from the last century, including Art Nouveau and Industrial Gothic. The experimental environs have been lauded by many, including Esquire and Condé Nast Traveler. Ingenuity is seen in almost every aspect of The Edison, from the devotion to farm-fresh ingredients (even for the cocktails) to the calendar of events that includes burlesque dancers, aerialists, and other performers. The menu is billed as a “Catalogue of Parts,” its 18 pages predominantly diagramming liquors, wines, and craft cocktails such as the Brass Furnace, a blend of gin, elderflower liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice, bitters, and prosecco. Executive Chef Russell Saito prepares Asian-inspired snacks and “Exclusive Patent Plates,” including cabernet-braised short ribs with mashed potatoes. And of course, diners have to choose between the Edison fries and the Tesla fries, neither of which unfortunately will power dying cell phones.
Almost entirely hidden down a long brick alley in Little Tokyo. Far Bar is an unknown gem of a drinkery. Customers can find the hard to locate spot by looking for the neon signs along the façade that read Far East, and Chop Suey, as that’s the building the alley opens up to. With lights strung above, a varied craft beer selection, an amply supplied bar and flavorful fusion food, Far Bar is perfect for unwinding after a hot day. The outside patio is ideal with music wafting throughout the space, twinkle lights above and twinkling stars even higher. Popular food items include their PB&J and Bacon Burger, dry rubbed Ming’s Wings, and Korean short ribs. The area has street parking and a few pay lots within a block.