The Black Cat

Restaurants, Eclectic Silver Lake
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The dawn of the new Black Cat is upon Silver Lake. In the space of a former bar of the same name, this upscale, polished gastropub makes its debut courtesy the team behind the Village Idiot. The long, dark wood bar and adjacent cocktail-table seating is perfect for pre-dinner drinks and romantic cocktailing; an attractive, attentive staff donning dark jeans, collared shirts with grey fitted vests, serve up nightly punch specials ($5 per glass) from pristine and elegant silver punch bowls as well as an array of bottled craft beers, wines by the glass and craft cocktails. For a dinner and drinks outing, the front room is warm and inviting—architectural details fine moldings grace an off-white ceiling and comfy leather banquettes line the walls of the dining room for a cozy-sophisticated, pre-war feel.


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Good for: Eastsiders can put on a sharp jacket, elegant dress, and have a civilized dining and imbibing experience without making the trek to the Westside. Late night dinner—the kitchen doesn’t close until midnight and the bar stays open until 2am—and a wide selection of wine, spirits and beer means everyone will be happy here.

The scene: Curious locals drop in to scope out the revived space for the first time and chat it up with the bartenders. Ask about housemade spirit infusions. Currently it’s fig-infused Four Roses bourbon; try it mixed with Fernet and Orange Bitters in the Half Flight ($12).

The playlist: Background jazz and groove set the atmosphere.

The bartender says: Framed photos and newspaper clippings line the walls, a tribute to the history of the space formerly known as the Black Cat Tavern.

Drink this: There’s an array of craft cocktails including two “bubbled and bottled” options: Negroni ($12) and a Sazerac ($12) are both kept fresh by the addition of CO2—a barely perceptible note of effervescence makes for a welcome twist on two classics. Beer selections feature local and international craft brew bottles and higher volume and alcohol content “bombers”; we like the Alagash Curieux ($30), a delicious Portland beer aged in bourbon casks.

By: Jonathan Cristaldi

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Venue name: The Black Cat
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Address: 3909 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles
90029
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 4pm–2am; Sat, Sun 11-2am
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Stylish and dimly lit, I can't fault the Black Cats drinks menu. Cocktails are good and the smallish selection of beers are excellent. I've never eaten the food but every time I've been for the drinks the place has been busy - must be a good sign. Seems reasonably priced to me for the area. 


Heard about this place from so many people as I've been slowly discovering Silverlake.  The restaurant is a lot larger on the inside than what appears to be on the outside. They have a nice outdoor patio space where you can people watch and have drinks and food.


I came here for dinner and it wasn't packed so it was pretty easy to get a table (I did make reservations just in case).  The menu isn't large so it's simple and straight to the point.  


My qualm with this place is the price point and portion sizes.... I ordered the steak and it came out as 5 little cubes of meat granted this is a $30 dish! I wasn't full at all so ended up ordering the burger as a 2nd entree! 


The drinks are good here and love all their cocktail selection!  


Oh the Old Fashions are killer and the vibe is casual but a little dark and dirty.