Do you need a drink? I need a drink. And I could use a hot dog — America's greatest comfort food — as well. Luckily Los Angeles is getting a bunch of new venues this week that expand our options for eating and drinking our blues away.
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On the drinks side of things, 213 Hospitality, in partnership with Eric Alperin (of the Varnish fame) and Richard Boccato, opened the doors to Bar Clacson this week, hosting a grand opening on Wednesday night. Located downtown at 351 S. Broadway, the bar has a vintage Mediterranean theme, drawing inspiration from the bar tabac and the European tradition of apéritivo hour. Bar Clacson has a focus on low-ABV cocktails, apéritifs and digestifs, as well as classic cocktails. According to press materials, "The beverage program is accompanied by a menu of European fare typical of bar tabacs, developed in collaboration with Jeff Marino. Featured dishes include bruschetta, paninis, and cheese and charcuterie boards." There's also a 27-foot indoor bocce court. The bar is open Tuesday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 a.m. Hooray for day drinking! barclacson.com.
Day drinking is also an option at Verdugo West Brewing Company, a brewery in Burbank that held its grand opening this week. According to Food GPS, the brewer is Chris Walowski, formerly of Smog City Brewing. The brewery offers a number of core and seasonal beers, and you can drink them on-site or buy growlers to go. It also offers a service whereby you can order a burrito from a nearby purveyor and have it delivered to your table at the brewery. Verdugo West is open Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Kids and dogs on leashes (the dogs, not the kids) are welcome in the taproom. verdugowestbrewing.com.
In hot dog news, Sumo Dog, which has been holding pop-up events around the city (as well as at Coachella) opened a brick-and-mortar location this week in Koreatown at 516 S. Western Ave. It's a tiny spot with just a few seats, as well as counter space to stand and stuff your face full of Asian-inspired hot dogs. Chef-founder Jeffrey Lunak and partner Mark Stone are offering three kinds of dog: pork sausage from Olympia Provisions, American Waygu all-beef from Snake River Farms or a vegan dog from Field Roast. You then choose from eight styles of toppings, including creations such as the bacon bánh mì, a bacon-wrapped dog topped with pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, cilantro, lime, jalapeño and spicy mayo. Sumo Dog is open Sunday to Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. eatsumodog.com.