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El Prado

Bars, Beer bars Echo Park
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
El Prado

This cozy beer and wine bar in Echo Park offers a well-culled selection of (often local) beers, red, wite and sparkling wine, as well as small bites—think olives, pita and hummus, etc. Exposed brick, a wood bar and tables and soft, yellow glass light fixtures give this place a comfortable feel without sacrificing style. The music here comes from an old-school record player and an ever-changing vinyl collection, which adds to that warm, homey feeling. For smokers, there's a small wood patio out back. Weekends can get crowded, but weekdays are usually pretty mellow—except for Tuesdays, when Origami Vinyl hosts its Record Club at around 9.


Venue name: El Prado
Address: 1805 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6pm-2am; Sat-Sun 2pm-2am
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El Prado is perfect for what it is: a quaint and cute place to grab a drink with a date or small group. The bar is tiny and the drink selection is limited, but the atmosphere is welcoming. It's an excellent place to grab a drink before/after an echo show or dinner at Masa. Also, I believe they still host vinyl nights with the record shop down the street where patrons can bring LPs to play for the bar. Overall, it's not a place you should go out of your way for, but its a wonderful neighborhood bar. 

El Prado is exactly the sort of place you want for your neighborhood bar. Sip on some wine or beer in the appealingly-lit room and chat with your companions. The place is better for pairs than big groups as the space is snug. One of the real treats here is that, unlike so many places where the old record players are just for show, here they're actually in use, with bartenders putting on the kind of records you would be playing in your living room at home, if your living room were anywhere near this cool. 


This is a great little bar. They only offer beer and wine, but their selection is great and they’ll usually let you try a few things before you decide, unless the place is packed. It does get packed on weekends, but weekdays are pleasant—especially Tuesdays, when Origami Vinyl across the street sets up their Record Club—good music, free beer and friendly neighborhood folks.