DTLA: Checking Out the New Bar Clacson

Garibaldi

Garibaldi

Bar Clacson is now open in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s a few doors down from Grand Central Market on Broadway. It’s currently only open evenings but there are plans for it to open earlier eventually.

The back bar is beautiful with lots of interesting spirits to look at but I was particularly drawn to the taps. They have lambrusco on tap! The casual spot would be great to start at or end your night.

I checked out some of the cocktails on the list which is divided into several categories low ABV and house standards.

My friend got the Garibaldi which I liked because I like rye whiskey and Campari. It’s not a Boulevardier though as it has citrus (lime in this case). It’s a nice one to start with if you don’t want a stirred cocktail.

Garibaldi – rye whiskey, Campari, lime, sugar, concord grapes

 

The Cooler

The Cooler

 

The Cooler is a magnificent sandwich. It’s basically every meat they have at Bar Clacson. When you can’t decide between calabrese, capicolla, mortadella, serano ham, sopressata, proscuitto or speck for a meat board, just get them all as a paninni! I loved this bread that’s baked by Cole’s French Dip.

 

Water Lily

Water Lily

It’s not mentioned on the menu but the creme de violette in the Water Lily is actually a housemade creme de violette. Not only does it give the drink a cool gray color but it’s not as sweet as other creme de violettes on the market. This is a brunch drink for sure.

Water Lily – gin, creme de violette, triple sec

 

Mezcaletti

Mezcaletti

I like mezcal. I like Meletti. When you stir the two together and add orange bitters, it makes a great BBS (brown, bitter, stirred) for the Minty.

Mezcaletti – mezcal, Amaro Meletti, orange bitters

 

Dragon's Breath

Dragon’s Breath

 

Despite the tabasco, the Dragon’s Breath ended up being a bit too sweet for me. I am glad for the pickled walnut to nibble on to help bring together the savory elements. I asked for the specs and I think I’d cut back on the apricot liqueur personally. My drinking buddies liked it though so maybe I just have a drier palate.

Dragon’s Breath – calvados, apricot liqueur, dry vermouth, tabasco, pickled walnut

 

Right Now

Right Now

I loved the name, Right Now, and it was a very balanced drink as well. I liked that the spirits and amari I normally think of as ingredients for boozy cocktails were turned into refreshing drinks. This one with gin and Cynar is something I’d try to replicate. I like cucumber but tend not to like it in cocktails because I think it waters down a drink. This one was definitely not the case.

Right Now – gin, Cynar, lemon, sugar, cucumber, sea salt

 

Roofgarden

Roofgarden

 

If you ended your night at Bar Clacson, a good one to get is the Roof Garden instead of just a bitters and soda. This ginger and blanc vermouth drink is just so festive. And it’ll help settle whatever big meal you just had.

Roof Garden – blanc vermouth, house ginger syrup, lime, Angostura bitters, soda water

Eventually Bar Clacson will open another bar in the back that even has a second floor. The plan is to open it around April of this year. I can’t wait for this bar. It’s going to be a very simple highballs bar (from the soda gun!) and a good place to hang. I got a sneak peek and it’s beautiful. It reminds me of 70s drinking dends. So you’ll get a little bit of everything- food, cocktails and a chill place in the back.

Bar Clacson 

351 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013  —  (213) 265-7477
 
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