Pattern Bar is open downtown
If the number of suede booties and deconstructed open-knit sweaters at Pattern Bar is any indication, then the few-weeks-old downtown watering hole is already attracting a bona fide Fashion District crowd.
The bar is decorated with a well-placed vintage sewing machine or two, black-and-white-checkered floors and white tiles. The columns are mirrored, and there's a magazine rack stocked with fashiony periodicals.
On the Pattern Bar menu are a handful of tapas and appetizers: Spanish tortilla studded with potatoes, a plate of serrano ham with Cabrales cheese, slow-braised pork with guava reduction. Sweet corn arepas are filled with fresh cheese and garnished with strawberries.
The cocktails are aptly named after designers. The Chanel, for example, is Chinaco reposado with Grand Marnier, fresh cilantro and serrano chile. The Herrera is straight-up rum with an orange slice -- Venezuelan rum Pampero Aniversario. "The owners are Venezuelan," says the bartender. "It's the lifeblood around here."
100 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, (213) 627-7774, www.patternbar.com.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Betty Hallock