Seven Grand

Bars, Lounges Downtown Financial District
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Whiskey aficionados (and those who wish to be) will find plenty of bottles to choose from at Seven Grand, a sultry Downtown whiskey bar.

Opened in 2007, Seven Grand is neither a newcomer nor a perennial of Downtown LA’s bar scene, but it certainly could pass for the latter. Arguably the city’s premiere destination for whiskey lovers, its atmosphere is of another era, one where hard-drinking businessmen escaped the doldrums of suburban existence and hung up their hats to drink, smoke and play pool away from the prying eyes of their wives and children. Maybe we’ve watched a little too much Mad Men, but looking around, it’s hard not to draw the parallel. From the fox hunt wallpaper to the unsettling abundance of taxidermy, Seven Grand’s sultry interior is crammed with all the character of a midcentury gentleman’s club, complete with plenty of dark corners for canoodling with one’s secretary. If you’re thinking an Old Fashioned would complete the experience, you’re correct, but you’ll have to choose one first. The Old Fashioned menu alone runs nine items deep and features only a fraction of Seven Grand’s staggering selection. It doesn’t stop at bourbon, either—the bar’s international “Wall of Whisk(e)y” boasts a collection of amber elixir so large it requires a library ladder to access, with ryes, scotch and other whiskeys from Canada and Australia to Japan, India and Taiwan.

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Good for: Whiskey aficionados (and aficionados in training) who like their drinks stiff with an old school twist. The bar’s inherent masculinity lends itself to a classy DNO (Dudes Night Out), but it's also a sexy spot for a date (not with your secretary though—slow down there, Draper).

The scene: Like most bars in LA, what you get at Seven Grand entirely depends on when you visit. In the early evening, there’s your mellow happy hour crowd ($5 Manhattans until 8 pm!), casual pool players and post-work minglers. After 10 pm it gets a bit rowdier, with live jazz kicking the vibe up a notch from Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday night after 10pm can be dicey both in terms of getting a game of pool in and getting served at the bar, as an unfortunate influx of aggressively douchey night bros tend to swoop in like vultures.

Drink this: It’s all about the whiskey here, and the best way to partake is to keep it classic. If you’re not sipping on a single malt or a small batch bourbon, the obvious choice is an Old Fashioned. Of the menu options, our bartender suggested the Old Forester version ($13) and the Four Roses Seven Grand Single Barrel, which at $18 is a touch pricey, but incorporates bourbon exclusive to Seven Grand. The bar is also renowned for its Sazerac ($12), a rye take on the New Orleans classic that’s smoother than most you’d order in the Big Easy. The rye Manhattan borders on perfection, with the winning trifecta of Wild Turkey 81, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters topped off with a Luxardo cherry—the only cherry worthy of being taken seriously in a cocktail, if you ask us. If you’re after something on the lighter, more refreshing side, the Improved Amaretto Sour ($13) kicks up the original with the addition of Four Roses Barrel Strength Single Barrel bourbon, while the Strawberry Cream Fizz ($11) combines Jameson and housemade strawberry cream soda for an unexpectedly tasty tipple—and, we suspect, the only thing in this bar served in a mason glass with a cute stripey straw.

Our Tip: If you plan on being a repeat customer, you can purchase your very own bottle of whiskey to enjoy on future visits. Seven Grand will put a nametag on it and keep the bottle safely locked away in one of the glass cabinets lining its back hallway, where other patrons can ogle it while they wait for their date to come out of the bathroom.

By: Merin McDonald

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Venue name: Seven Grand
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Address: 15 W 7th St
Los Angeles
90014
Opening hours: 5pm-2am Mon-Wed; 4pm-2am Thur-Fri; 7pm-2am Sat-Sun
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tastemaker

This place is heaven for any whiskey lover on a budget.  They have happy hour every day until 8pm!  I enjoyed a couple $6 cocktails and chilled on a bench watching other patrons play pool.  I also had a fun time rummaging through the albums in their old school jukebox.  They have an entire hallway filled with various whiskies (which makes a great IG opp).  The bouncer who checked our id's was super friendly and the staff was attentive.  Definitely putting this bar on my regular spots to visit when I go to DTLA.


The coveted and ever famous 7 Grand! It's located upstairs to the right sharing with another awesome restaurant, Mas Malo!


This place scream whiskey if you're a fan of it and they have happy hour until 8pm! I'm not personally a fan of whiskey but they make the cocktails just right so that you get awesome flavors with the whiskey they use.


They also have a semi outdoor patio area but beware it gets packed! 

moderatortastemaker

This is a great bar to stop by after work for drinks with your coworkers! They have a wide selection of whiskey drinks and a terrific happy hour menu! It tends to get packed on the weekends so if you have a large group of people try and get there before 9pm.