Cooking at home involves the risk of small burns, spilled liquids, and the advances of an oven in heat. Avoid stovetop suitors with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of gastropub fare and drinks at Bar Food.
Zagat-rated Bar Food fuels merrymaking with a creative menu of international pub classics, a selection of nearly 200 whiskeys, and 24 beers on tap. Chefs place a Thai spin on the appetizer of British bangers and mash ($9.50) by spicing a duo of sausages and fluffy mashed potatoes with cilantro and ginger, but maintain the flavorful integrity and tiny berets of French mussels in garlic and white wine broth ($10). Cod travels across dry land to nap on a warm plate of fish 'n' chips ($15.50), and tender lamb takes shelter under a blanket of potatoes in the traditional shepherd's pie ($14.50). The taste of charred corn fresh from the grill dominates a bracing glass of American Buffalo Trace bourbon ($8), which knowledgeable servers distinguish from Scotland's Speyside and Highland, Ireland's rare single malts, and soldiers reciting the military alphabet.
Shades of brown, tan, and black transform the square chairs, wood ceiling beams, and textured stone walls into a Tetris lovers fever dream. A wall of former taps gaze silently upon revelers at the bar, and diners lounging by the tall, open windows or on the sidewalk patio enjoy a passing parade of nightlife.
Trees play an important role at Bar Food. They've given their wood for the knotty rafters that support the ceiling, the cubbyholes that make up the bar's Wall of Taps, and the barrels that aged the gastropub's collection of more than 200 whiskeys. You'd expect wood to frame the colorful paintings of music icons that gaze down on the whiskey list with immovable looks of envy, but they hang frameless.
Like a 19th-century dockworker's shopping list, the menu promises hearty traditional public-house fare—fries, cheese plates, sandwiches, shepherd's pie, beef stew, and fish and chips. Guests sup on these and other dishes at cozy wall-length booths or out on the streetside patio. Four and 20 taps keep beer glasses full and diners happily cheering for every chicken that dares to cross Wilshire Boulevard.
West Los Angeles
12217 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90025