Just when you think the speakeasy trend has died down, another blink-and-you'll-miss-it bar seems to find its way into some back alley. Meet Melrose Station, a recently opened bar and eatery that requires a little detective work to get inside.
First, you'll need to find the Glass Hookah Lounge at 7384 Melrose Ave (both businesses are owned by the same people). A host will direct you toward the Station's secret entrance; once through, you'll find a sleek bar with gray walls, a marble counter top, a chandelier and plenty of streamlined seating. Whether it accurately resembles a train station is up to you—you're most likely just here to drink, not judge. A wall of spirits hold the ingredients for an inventive cocktail menu, while food comes in the form of cheese boards, skewers, flatbreads and ceviche, as well as a nice selection of desserts. If you're looking to impress a first date, Melrose Station is probably a good bet.
Just don't wear your sneaks—the bar enforces a firm dress code, mentioning on their website that they prefer "a fashion forward, casual chic and/or even business attire," and that you should leave your shorts, tank tops and flip flops at home. If that's a little too uppity for you, there's always Snake Pit Alehouse down the street.
Melrose Station is located at 7384 Melrose Ave, and opens at 7pm daily.
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