You’d think this town could do without another gastropub, but here we go again: Downtown’s newest bar serving high-quality pub grub is Sixth Street Tavern. Recently taking over the space once occupied by Urbano Pizza Bar at the corner of Sixth and Hope Streets, industrial accents have been replaced with lots (and lots) of wood paneling and subway tiles, creating that modern, yet rustic, atmosphere for the area's young crowd. There are 24 strong, varied craft brews on tap, plus a fully stocked bar; while the kitchen dishes out comfort food standards with a few welcome touches such as Brussels sprouts tossed with a blood orange citronette ($7) and chicken and donuts ($9) for the more adventurous.
Good for: It’s also a convenient spot if you’re nearby and want a bite or two to eat along with your craft brew. Order everything you need at the bar (and grab napkins and glasses of water while you’re at it; the food runners aren’t empowered to bring you anything other than food), then grab a seat at one of the several tables inside or on the patio outside.
The scene: Young, excited and loud, with a friendly bar staff that handles it well, even when there are a few misplaced food orders and other hiccups in service. You’ll find mostly USC undergrads and early 20-something Downtown loft dwellers here, along with a few sports fans catching the game on one of the two televisions at the bar.
The playlist: From the Shins to the Violent Femmes, the sound system blares tunes that most of its crowd will easily recognize: Top 40, indie pop and hits of the '80s.
Drink this: It’s hard to go too wrong with any of the great craft brews on tap, most of which are between $5 and $8. If you like IPAs, try Stone Brewing Company’s excellent Ruination IPA ($7). Those who prefer cocktails will be happy to know that the bartenders make great drinks—try the refreshing Black Irish ($10) with fresh blackberries, Tullamore Dew whiskey, lemon juice and honey syrup.
|Venue name:||Sixth Street Tavern|
630 W 6th St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 3pm-2am; Sat, Sun noon-2am|
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Average User Rating
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Where classy meets modern meets that DTLA life. I was looking for a new place to eat to catch up with a good friend, and I came across 6th St Tavern. It's located near Pershing square, so if you take transit, it's very convenient.
The crowd is definitely working professionals, so late 20s and early 30s, and people just coming after a long day of work. The crowd is great and there's an outdoor eating area too for overflow. I ordered the house burger that everyone seemed to rave about, and it was absolutely delicious. The meat was cooked perfectly, and it was super flavorful. The fries are a definite must!
So now onto the negative part of the review... this is where this place lacked in my opinion. How you order food is through the bar as there's no table service (-1). I don't like places that do this because not only are you competing against people getting drinks but also it disincentives great customer service; there really wasn't any! Trying to order food was absolutely ridiculous!!! The bartenders really take their time making drinks (which is a plus!); however, they totally ignore those who just want to order food! And don't even bother leaving your card open because it'll take you a very long time to get it closed and given back to you.
My friend decided to keep his card open, and when it was time to leave, he had to not only fight the crowd, but also wait for the other people to be served their drinks before getting his card back! If anything, we should have table service and if we ask the waitress to close it, she can just go to the cashier and close it. That whole process took 30 min!
I've walked by this place for years and never would have thought to go in—it's got a sports bar vibe and didn't look like anything special. But recently I went after work with coworkers, and it was actually pretty great! Decent drinks, tasty food and the music playing the whole time we were there was amazing.