Barrel Down opens with 40 taps and cauliflower popcorn

Beer, cauliflower popcorn and burgers? It's all at Barrel Down, a new beer-centric restaurant in DTLA

Barrel Down, a bar and restaurant boasting 40 taps with beer, wine and cocktails, will open in the old Bronson Building in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday.

A core list of 20 brews will include Almanac Beer Co.'s Delores Farmhouse Ale, Left Hand Brewing's Milk Stout and Bell's Brewing Amber Red Ale. If you drink your way through the core, there's a rotating list of beers in sizes you can share with 22-ounce and 750-milliliter bottles. 

Derrick de Jesus (Alma, Alumette, Union) will be in the kitchen making a beer-friendly menu of cauliflower popcorn with ginger aioli and chile-lime vinaigrette; K-town wings with 5-chile sauce; a burger made with dry-aged sirloin, smoked white cheddar, zucchini pickles and caramelized onion; and a pecan and pear salad with Asian pears, Belgian endive, arugula, spiced pecans and maple vinaigrette. 

For dessert: apple hand pies or Bourbon Street bread pudding. 

If you see all your friends sipping beer and you happen to fancy a glass of wine or a cocktail, Barrel Down has those too. Cocktails on draft include a barrel-aged Old Fashioned and Ginger Kombucha Mule (a Moscow Mule made with ginger kombucha). And the wine list was curated by Jordan Chiu (Hillstone Restaurant and Soho House groups), vice president of MBBC, the investor group behind Barrel Down. 

Los Angeles-based designer Ricki Kline outfitted the space with communal tables, plush Pullman booths and more intimate seats for cocktails. The restaurant also features high ceilings and accordion doors that open onto 7th Street. 

The restaurant will initially be open daily for dinner and late-night dining, with lunch service coming soon. Hours are 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Wednesday, with social hour (happy hour) from 4 to 7 p.m.; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday and 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday. 

525 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, (213) 232-8657,

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This story was updated at 9:56 a.m. to include more information on the restaurant's taps.