Bar Stella, the bar attached to Silver Lake's Cafe Stella at Sunset Junction, has opened. Cafe Stella owner Gareth Kantner has created a Moroccan-inspired boite that channels "Casablanca," a respite from the bustle of Sunset Boulevard. A marble-topped bar is manned by white-jacketed bartenders, and the space is decorated with Moroccan poufs, brass lamps, African statuary, tall vases filled with hydrangeas and camellias, and a transporting painting of tropical birds. A small patio beyond the brass-framed windows is lined with a checkered floor and pillow-topped benches.
As for the drinks: The $15 cocktail has arrived in Silver Lake. No cans of PBR here; the beers on tap include Stella Artois, Chimay Triple, Three Philosophers Quadrupel and Hitachino White Nest Ale ($8 to $14). An extensive collection of spirits The cocktail menu lists the classic martini, Manhattan and old-fashioned as well as a mojito, Moscow Mule and a cocktail called Le Perou (Encanto single-vineyard pisco with fresh pineapple and lime (for $14 to $16).
It's pretty swank and is open on the weekend throughout the day, a swell Eastside spot for a few Sunday-afternoon expertly made margaritas. Especially if somebody else is buying.
3932 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 666-0265.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo credit: Betty Hallock