September 9, 2009 | 6:01
The 7,000 square feet of opulence that was the ill-fated nightclub Goa will re-open later this week as the sleek sports bar Capitol City. Aiming to broaden the sports bar's appeal beyond the traditional clientele of dudes, more dudes and the occasional bored girlfriend, proprietor Curtis Nysmith is going out of his way to brand Capitol City as a lounge. It has couches! And a menu! That includes Sicilian meatball sliders, house-smoked pork ribs, an ahi tuna salad, bacon mac 'n' cheese, lamb lollipops and such standards as nachos, wings and burgers.
We get it. This isn’t just a place for bros to watch USC shame Ohio State into submission. This is a place where a girl can kick off her gladiator stilettos and sip a cosmotini while petting her mini-labradoodle as he nips at the inside of her imitation Louis Vuitton tote bag. In all seriousness, one of the signature cocktails is the Pussycat, made with black cherry vodka, raspberry liqueur and a Champagne floater.
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Capitol City has 30 beers on tap with 30 more available by bottle. It also has a 14-foot-wide HD screen that dominates the main room; plenty of smaller flat-screen TVs lining the walls; floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto Cahuenga Boulevard; and an upstairs VIP area. Nysmith also plans to transform the back of the bar into a massive enclosed patio complete with private, full-service bungalows.
Private bungalows? A VIP area? Welcome to the sports bar, done Hollywood-style.
Capitol City: 1615 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A. (323) 465-1750.
-- Elina Shatkin
Photos: Elina Shatkin / Los Angeles Times