DTLA: Drinks at The Boardroom, The New Speakeasy at Kendall’s

William Faulkner


The Boardroom opened at the Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles a few months ago. It’s a snazzy place to grab snacks and a drink before a show on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (they’re open from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Or you can also stop by after a show Thursday through Sunday. They’re open until 1 a.m. those nights.

I recently checked out all the literary-themed drinks including the William Faulkner. In high school when I read As I Lay Dying, I really had no idea what Faulkner was saying. Later I learned he was quite fond of his booze. Perhaps a namesake old fashioned variation would have helped my reading comprehension of his works!

William Faulkner – coconut washed Four Roses bourbon, demerara sugar, toasted pecan bitters


punches at the Boardroom


If you have a group, it’s fun to get a punch to share. Or perhaps you’re into trying a few drinks. The Boardroom also has a 3-cocktail tasting menu.



The Boardroom had a nice selection of snacks ranging from olives, uni deviled eggs to pate. There are also sandwiches like French dips and burgers. The Boardroom shares the chef with Kendall’s and I thought he had a lot of fun with this menu.

Frida Kahlo


I quite liked the refreshing Frida Khalo. It is a little bit on the sweeter side so it’s good for those also starting to explore mezcal.

Frida Kahlo – Ilegal joven mezcal, Aperol, Giffard vanilla liqueur, lime

Tennessee Williams


The Tennessee Williams is the Boardroom’s version of the Ramos Gin Fizz. I love that it’s served with a macaron.

Tennessee Williams – Plymouth gin, orange flower water, egg white, cream, lime and lemon juices

oxtail poutine


For a really decadent snack, get the oxtail poutine. The fries have been fried in duck fat!


Gertrude Stein

More juicy drinks include the Gertrude Stein and James Joyce. The Gertrude is a riff on a Pimm’s cup and get the James Joyce if you’re looking for a fancified highball.

Gertrude Stein – Pimm’s, Tuaca, chamomile syrup, sugar, lime, lemon-lime soda




The macarons was a nice light way to end the night on a sweet note.

William S. Burroughs, F. Scott Fitzgerald


Swinging over to drinks more my speed, my pick of the menu would be the William S. Burroughs. I always did like his writing. It mixes rum, Cynar and port (wine)– all things I love. And if you want to get really French, try the F. Scott Fitzgerald with cognac and armagnac.


William S. Burroughs – Diplomatico rum, Cynar, port wine, orange bitters

F. Scott Fitzgerald –  Hine cognac, Laubade armagnac, Lillet blanc, maple syrup


The Boardroom (next to Kendall’s Brasserie)

135 N Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012  —  (213) 972-8556
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