Everson Royce Bar

Bars, Cocktail bars Downtown Arts District
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Infanté at E.R.B.
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The Business at E.R.B.
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Mamie Taylor at E.R.B.
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The Paper Plane at E.R.B.
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Steamed buns at E.R.B.
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E.R.B.

Approaching the imposing orange door to E.R.B. (Everson Royce Bar, technically speaking), it’s hard to know what to expect behind it. The concrete exterior of the downtown Arts District haunt seems intentionally non-descript. A bold neon sign above the door reads simply “BAR”—the small plaque beside it, “everson royce bar, est. 2015,” verifies the bar’s identity. Inside, the bar is not only bustling, but bright; the large, elegant space is bathed in soft light, illuminating its features in a way that feels warm and inviting. Out back, a spacious patio offers ample seating for drinking, dining and stargazing through the twinkle of overhead light strings. The warmth of E.R.B.’s atmosphere extends to its service, too; despite a packed house, the bar felt remarkably personal. It turns out that the guy walking around like he owns the place in fact does, and he’ll deliver your drinks, to boot. Not only did co-owner Randy Clement indulge our every query about the cocktails and food, but the Silverlake Wine boss also provided some insight into the inspiration behind the bar and its predecessor, Everson Royce, a wine shop in Pasadena: they’re named after Clement’s twin sons, Everson and Royce. It wasn’t just us, and it wasn’t just him—beyond our table, we observed Clement and his staff treating every patron with the priority of a VIP. Simply put, this place knows how to make a girl feel special, and in this town, that goes a long way.

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Good for: Girl's night, date night, first date, work drinks—all of the above. With a welcoming atmosphere, excellent cocktails, an extensive selection of wine by the glass or bottle and a respectable line-up of draught, bottled and canned beers, there’s really something here for everyone. It fills a needed niche in the Arts District, plus there’s reasonable on-site valet, which is a nice alternative to parking on a dimly-lit industrial street.

The scene: This place was hopping at 9pm on a Friday night, with the patio full and nearly all the seats at the bar and indoor tables occupied. E.R.B.’s upscale yet casual vibe seems to cater to the cool and sophisticated—30+ patrons whose tattoos show that they still have an edge, but whose quiet sense of relief tells you they were lucky to get a sitter tonight. The music, too, seems to cater to a slightly older crowd; we heard at least two Garbage songs in the rotation, and we didn’t mind one bit.

Drink this: Varnish alumn Chris Ojeda adds a whole lot of credibility to the cocktail list here, and the eight concoctions he’s brought to the menu do not disappoint. There are refined standards like the Mamie Taylor ($13) with scotch, ginger and lime, and the Fancy Free ($13), an Old Fashioned variation with maraska liqueur, but the Infanté ($12), a tequila tipple with lemon, almond, nutmeg and rosewater stole our hearts with its combination of tart, sweet and lightly perfumed flavors. The Business ($12) was another favorite that Bee’s Knees fans should enjoy—lime replaces lemon in this delightful mingling of gin, citrus and honey. The Paper Plane ($13) was the most unexpected joy of the evening. Seeing bourbon, aperol and amaro in the ingredients, we expected a spirit-forward heavyweight of a cocktail, but were pleasantly surprised by the light, bright and dangerously downable creation that arrived.

Our tip: With former Osteria Mozza chef Matt Molina in the kitchen, E.R.B.’s food offerings are elevated far beyond your typical bar grub, like the steamed buns ($10), melt-in-your-mouth roasted pork belly, cucumber pickle and hoisin wrapped in pillowy warm bao. The kitchen is open til 1am, which is great if you’re feeling a bit peckish. Bear in mind that when the menu says “Bites,” it means it—if you skipped dinner, you’ll probably still end up at Jack in the Box on your way home.

By: Merin McDonald

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Venue name: Everson Royce Bar
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Address: 1936 E 7th St
Los Angeles
90021
Opening hours: Daily 5pm-2am
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Haley S.
tastemaker

Great atmosphere and delicious cocktails, ERB has everything you could want in the Arts district.  With a hip (and often crowded) interior space and a large (and often still crowded) outdoor patio space, ERB feels simultaneously like a destination as well as a neighborhood hangout.  The bartenders know their stuff, and the biscuits are the best you'll have in LA.  ERB is good for dinner, drinks, or both, and feels like you've stumbled onto a hidden gem as it's hidden behind a nondescript door in a less populated part of the Arts District.

D L

Seriously the best drinks and bar food. Plus the atmosphere is killer

Stephanie C

ERB is a great spot to go to in the Arts District. There is easy (and cheap!) valet parking, an adorable patio in back and the food is so above and beyond what you think of bar food. Inside, it's intimate and a great date spot, while outside it's beautiful and welcoming whether you're on a first date or there with a large group. It's definitely one of the highlights in DTLA.

Kate W
moderator

You'd never guess ERB was there, but I'm so glad it is. The cocktails are solid (not quite as great as everyone keeps saying, but good) and the space is welcoming and beautiful. There's also a bar menu of surprisingly tasty and super reasonably priced food that comes in larger portions than you'd think, as well as the type of outdoor patio you think LA should have more of.

Cezara P
moderatortastemaker

ERB is exactly what downtown needed. The bar is beautiful, yet feels welcoming and they have a large outside seating area! The cocktails are all very well made using fresh ingredients. I didn't have a chance to try the food but will be going back soon as I hear it's delicious!

Jakob N. Layman
moderator

E.R.B. is exactly what the Arts District (and downtown) needs more of: Welcoming cocktail bars with an emphasis on quality drinks and exceptional environment. This is the kind of bar that just feels right as soon as you walk in. The staff is friendly and helpful and their menu boasts many amazing drinks. 

Erick R

This is a fantastic neighborhood gem in the Arts District.  It's very unassuming on the outside, but once you walk in, you are transported to a magical place of good vibes and great drinks!

Erin Kuschner
moderator

I stopped by E.R.B. for a drink a couple weeks ago, and couldn't be more happy with what's going on here. The drinks are fantastic and complex (I had the Paper Plane), and the bao buns are a great pre-dinner snack to order. I ate and drank at the bar—which is beautiful—but next time I'll be chilling on the outdoor patio, which seems like such a great little escape from the city with its twinkling lights and picnic benches.