While you spent virtually all of August preparing for the Every Simpsons Ever marathon, a whole lot of other people totally didn't... which is how they actually had the time to open LA's 12 best new bars and restaurants of the month, including a bunch of new spots with sick burgers and what might be the coolest looking bar in Hollywood.
LA's 12 best bar/restaurant openings from August
Now open in the old Mezze space, The Nice Guy is the first restaurant from the club dudes behind Bootsy Bellows and Hooray Henry's. It's a mafia-inspired joint focusing on unique, Italian-inspired goodness (duck banh mi pizza!), and cocktails served in flasks (seriously!).
This sammich shop may be set up in a truck, but that doesn't mean it's going anywhere: Free Range will stay stationary in Hollywood in front of Commissary Coffee at the Siren Studio space, where it'll sling stuff like honey/Sriracha-fried chicken biscuits and spicy avocado toast w/ egg.
Formerly a private event pop-up space, Genesis is now a regularly open drinkery above Sassafras, with a look that feels kind of like an abandoned cottage in the woods, and a bar that comes sans cocktail list; you just order what you want, rather than deal with any sort of mixology. Call it an anti-bar bar.
We already told you about this killer addition to Santa Monica's burgeoning cocktail scene, but it's worth a refresh: drinks in lightbulbs, uni lobster rice, etc., etc., etc.
This Downtown eatery's got classics like braised lamb shank and steak & potatoes, but its namesake dish is a little more out there: stuffed pastries filled with ingredients like chicken curry or shrimp scampi, then topped with an egg (!), folded like a burrito, and deep-fried. Read that again. Yep. So awesome.
This "paddock to plate" (yes, that's apparently a thing) meatery (that too!) is focused on super-clean proteins, which means all the from-animal ingredients used to make their half-pound truffle burger and 12oz flat iron are hormone-, steroid-, and antibiotic-free. Yay?
The newest you've-got-to-be-on-the-list-to-get-in-here oontzery in Hollywood actually does double-duty: there's a downstairs cocktail bar with rotating chefs doing small bites seven days a week, and an upstairs dance club on weekends only... so, if you want to dance on Tuesday, too bad?
The newest addition to Roy Choi's empire, this atrium-looking space in the Line Hotel in K-town crushes it with a seasonal menu on cards that feel like a choose-your-own-adventure book. Good news: you don't die on page 122. Instead, you just get some pork schnitzel in a spicy red sauce.
The Sugarfish guys bring you this insanely casual, hand roll-only spot, which is great for quick lunches or drive-by dinners. $17.50 (yeah, you read that right) gets you five (yeah, you read that right, too) well-stuffed rolls, including lobster, yellowtail, and blue crab. Yeah, you read that right, too.
Formerly Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza, this totally refurbished spot is also totally re-opened after a six-week hiatus, with an all-new menu of Northern Italian greatness including salumi tastings and hand-rolled short rib pappardelle.
Sara The Wine Bar is a, um, wine bar (wo)manned by a lady named Sara. Crazy, riiiiight? Oh right: it's also got classic Italian eats like lasagna and Parmesan-topped meatballs to go with the vino.
Legit-ifying the most illegitimate thing you regularly get in LA, Dirt Dog is dedicated to bacon-wrapped hot dogs, with a menu that includes a slew of variations on the classic (Portuguese bun, guacamole spread... you get the idea).
1. The Briks1111 South Hope St, Los Angeles
2. Brilliantshine522 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
3. Meat District Co69 North Raymond, Pasadena
4. KazuNori | The Original Handroll Bar421 South Main Street, Los Angeles
5. The Argyle1600 Argyle Ave, Los Angeles
6. The Nice Guy401 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles
7. Genesis1231 N Vine St, Los Angeles
8. Commissary3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
9. Dirt Dog2528 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles
10. Sara The Wine Bar3936 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City
11. Wildcraft9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City
This Downtown eatery's got classics like braised lamb shank and steak & potatoes, but its namesake dish's a little more out there: stuffed pastries filled with ingredients like chicken curry or shrimp scampi, then topped with an egg (!) folded like a burrito, and deep-fried.
This is one of those 'two new cocktail meccas', and it's got drinks from the crazy-lauded dude who established the bar program at Picca and Rivera. The food is made to match the booze, which is pretty awesome.
This "paddock to plate" (yes, that is apparently a thing) meatery (that too!) is focused on super-clean proteins, which means all the from-animal ingredients used to make their half-pound truffle burger and 12oz flat iron are hormone, steroid, and antibiotic-free.
The Sugarfish guys bring you this insanely casual handroll-only spot, which's great for quick lunches or drive-by dinners.
This spot in Hollywood is actually double-purpose: there's a downstairs cocktail bar with rotating chefs doing small bites seven days a week and upstairs dance club on weekends-only, so, if you want to dance on Tuesday... too bad?
From the people behind Bootsy Bellows and Shore Bar comes The Nice Guy: a hip cocktail lounge on La Cienega, featuring Italian bar food by Chef John Carlos Kuramoto, formerly of Michael's.
Inspired by the club kids movement of the '80s, Genesis looks more like an attic than a club, decked out in taxidermy, old furniture and vintage art. The vibe is extremely laid-back and unpretentious, and focuses solely on simple drinks and dancing.
This new Roy Choi restaurant, set in a greenhouse at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, offers an abundance of fruit and vegetable-centered dishes and specialty cocktails. The spot is decked out with communal tables, a bar, and lots of small round tables.
This University Park hot dog shack, which pays homage to '90s Downtown LA, features an entire menu of bacon-wrapped hot dogs and aims to offer high quality street food.
Located in Culver City, Sara The Wine Bar is a, um, wine bar (wo)manned by a lady named Sara. Crazy, riiiiight? Oh right: it's also got classic Italian eats like lasagna and Parmesan-topped meatballs to go with the vino.
Formerly Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza, this spot went through a refurbishment and is now offers a menu of Northern Italian greatness including salumi tastings and hand-rolled short rib pappardelle.