But the golden age of squiring dates to Downtown bars discreetly inferring antique trains for foie gras and waffles is just beginning.
So the good news is Westbound, a dazzling Arts District bar where it will feel so right to drink a Negroni, opening Thursday in Downtown. Oh, here it is now.
It’s after work. You’re with an attractive person who likes attractive things. So you crack a blue door along One Santa Fe’s edge to present this jewel of a bar. It glows in shiny woods and leather under an inverted pyramid chandelier and generally looks like it’s been here forever.
You’ll take a booth in the slender dining room that resembles a first-class carriage on the Orient Express. Some local bartending heavyweights will make historic international drinks for you, like the Chi-Chi with coconut cream, lime and vodka. Yes, it’s served inside of a pineapple, so hopefully you’re historically into that.
You’ll have the “do we/don’t we” conversation about the foie gras and brioche waffles from the kitchen’s Mélisse vet. Spoiler: you do.
Eventually, you’ll share a nightcap on the back patio before someone swings through with fresh brownies at 1am.