Best Little Tokyo Bar (2013)

Far Bar

Three hundred whiskies and 100 beers, 40 of them Japanese craft brews. Spirits and cocktails, sakes and wines. Asian-inspired foods such as Kobe beef hot dogs and wasabi fries. All this, inside an 1896 building adorned with a two-story-tall sign that declares "CHOP SUEY" in red neon. Far Bar, the site of a popular Chinese restaurant from the 1930s to the '90s, now is Little Tokyo's ultimate watering hole. Where else can you choose from eight varieties of the high-end Hitachino beer? Or sip a flight of Pappy Van Winkle bourbons? The dining room was renovated recently (complete with five wide-screen TVs and an 18-seat bar), but it has kept the varnished-wood booth partitions from its Chinese-diner days. Just outside, the patio — a skinny alley enclosed by tall brick walls and festooned with twinkly string lights — is quickly becoming Little Tokyo's worst kept secret. 347 E. First St., Little Tokyo. (213) 617-9990, farbarla.com. —Daina Beth Solomon

Location Details

347 E. First St.
Los Angeles CA 90012
213-617-9990