The creative team behind Silver Lake’s favorite neighborhood cocktail bar, The Friend, has opened The Little Friend in the artistic, hip, urban seaside community of Venice. The Little Friend, with a secret entrance just behind the Sunny Spot on Washington Boulevard, is a playful space with an unexpected retro beach vibe, featuring pink flooring and white walls set in a sleek interior dressed in Saraiva art and sculptures. Guests are served by the talented blue-striped sailor shirt-dressed bartenders who are equally adept at whipping up a craft cocktail or popping open a PBR to the Westside crowd. It is the ideal artist’s hub – small enough to be intimate but big enough to spread out and have fun.
This new late-night bar in Venice is the second collaboration between three longtime friends – famed artist André Saraiva, Maroon 5 Bassist Mickey Madden and bar entrepreneur Jared Meisler (The Friend, The Roger Room and Bar Lubitsch).
Leading The Little Friend’s cocktail program is the mastermind and noted Los Angeles bartender William Cutting. Cutting infuses his abundant summer cocktail menu with a variety of local, seasonal produce, herbs and botanicals. Cutting infuses his recipes with exotic ingredients like black tea, ancho verde chili, hibiscus liqueur, tobacco bitters, cherry Heering and bitter truth violet, among others to be discovered in his contemporary drinks. For those who like something on the sweet side try The Gossip made with Bacardi 8-year old Rum, Giffard Peach, lemon and champagne or The Dancer made with Plymouth Gin, Plymouth Sloe Berry Gin, egg white, blackberry and champagne.
The Contender cocktail
For something smoother, order The Vegan made with Glenlivet Founder Reserve, Giffard Cacao, Bailey’s almonde, tobacco bitters and nutmeg, The Contender made with smooth ambler whiskey, cynar, cherry Heering, orange bitters and flamed orange or The Transplant made with Jameson’s Caskmates Stout, Carpano Bianco, Liqueur 43, Peychaud’s bitters, lemon and club soda. For those who crave a little kick order The Passion made with Yola Mezcal, house-made hibiscus liqueur, passion fruit and lemon or The Hustler made with Mestizo Mezcal, habanero, vanilla, lime and agave.
The Dancer cocktail
Other cocktails such as The Traveler made with Volcan Tequila, St. Germain Elderflower, bitter truth violet, lemon, honey and club soda, The Enforcer made with Hennessy, Lejay Cassis, lime and ginger, The Face made with Elyx Vodka, cucumber, mint, black tea and lime and The Joker Altos Blanco Tequila, ancho verde chili, lime, agave and grapefruit, are all sure to become instant hits.
Along with the beverage program, The Little Friend showcases a carefully curated music program designed by the partners. They also offer some bar prime nosh available nightly until 10 p.m. The snacks menu offers dishes like Pommes Frites, Chips and Guacamole, Chopped Wedge Salad, Kale Salad, Nachos, Spaghetti Primavera, Tacos, Double Cheese Burger with Fries and a Crispy Chicken Sandwich with Fries.
Cutting’s cocktails and The Little Friend’s distinctive ambiance present the perfect opportunity to go out, mingle and relax in a stylish Venice setting. The Little Friend is open Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight.
The Little Friend details
822 Washington Blvd., Venice, thelittlefriendbar.com, @thelittlefriendbar
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