Copper Still: The bar inside Jaragua restaurant, with Salvadoran snacks
Name of restaurant: The Copper Still (inside Jaragua)
Concept: A hipster bar separated from a family-friendly Salvadoran restaurant by a velvet curtain
Mixologist: Nancy Kwon makes exciting cocktails from tamarindo pulp, fruit-infused vinegars and whatever happens to catch her whim.
What dish represents the restaurant, and why? The Salvadoran poutine is a small dish of yucca fries topped with meat and some crumbly queso fresco. It’s the perfect snack to have with your artisan brew. Order two. They’re small.
Runner-ups: You can pretty much order anything from the Jaragua menu, like the pupusas; the pan con pavo (“bread with turkey,” a.k.a. turkey sandwich); one of the shrimp cocktails; or the mojarra frita, a whole tilapia deep fried and served with rice and beans. If you don’t want to eat a giant turkey sandwich, the bar menu has pan con pavo sliders. You can also order anything from the bar when dining at Jaragua next door.
Who’s at the next table? We get friendly with a couple of older women, who could have just come for a drink after a stint as docents at MOCA. The bar is surrounded by millennials vying for a beverage before a special film screening in the room next door.
Appropriate for: Grabbing some powerful drinks and Salvadoran snacks after work with friends.
Uh-oh... They’re only open evenings from Wednesday to Sunday. The bar is the size of a postage stamp, so don’t plan on hosting any big birthday bashes there.
Service: At the bar it’s a little slow, but service at the restaurant is even slower.
What are you drinking? The Spicey Mamacita, a knock-your-socks-off tamarindo drink with a kick, an El Salvador Cocktail, or one of the bartender’s chalkboard specials.
Info: The Copper Still: 4485 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 661-1985; Jaragua: 4493 Beverly Blvd.; www.jaraguarestaurant.com/copper-still.html.
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