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eberhard49 Jun 11, 2007 11:28 PM

Went here this past weekend...It is a new whiskey bar downtown. Great selection of whiskeys (well over 100) and a friendly and knoledgable staff. It got pretty crowded around 11 ish, but the scene was nice and laid back.

Highly reccomended

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    slacker Jun 21, 2007 03:35 PM

    I was there yesterday too, mostly to check out what they've made of the former Clifton's Silver Spoon. So, the current bar is above the Mezzanine level, and all the fixtures in the Mezzanine, main, and lower levels are still there. Apparently the restaurant will go in the main level, and I think they said the Mezzanine level too. They're not sure what will become of the lower level, the former Soup Easy of Clifton's. The bartenders were very educated about the history of the building!

    Anyway, so while I was there, I had one of those mint juleps in a silver cup, nice touch and a good mint julep too.

    Edit: they did have a small menu of food items from Casey's. Apparently Casey's delivers the food all night.

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      kevin Aug 2, 2007 03:54 PM

      thanks. how much do those mint juleps run?

      and i've heard that a dress code is strictly enforced? what the hell does that mean? no jeans allowed? is it supposed to be all suits?

      thanks.

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        slacker Aug 2, 2007 04:23 PM

        Can't remember; the mint julep was listed as a "special"; probably around $10.

        They have a bouncer outside. I walked in in jeans and sneakers. But I did notice him checking out other people. No suit necessary, this is L.A.

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          Woolsey Aug 2, 2007 06:38 PM

          Yes, they're ten bucks each. Cocktails are pretty pricey here, running around eight to ten dollars a piece - on par with upscale restaurants and hotels like The Standard, Lucques, etc.

    2. Woolsey Jun 21, 2007 06:55 AM

      I checked out Seven Grand last night with some friends. It's great to see all that whiskey, being an big bourbon and Irish whiskey lover. The prices are a little steep - cocktails run $7 to $10, though mostly $9 and $10 - but damn if they aren't great cocktails. As someone else posted, the bartenders are very helpful to try to find the right kind of whiskey for you from their voluminous list, but that can rather difficult when you're both hollering back and forth over "Icky Thump." To match such the faux-swank décor, maybe they could knock the jukebox (one of the louder I've yet encountered in the city) down a few decibels.

      Their mint juleps are really great, served in a silver cup. However, because of that silver cup, drinkers must leave either a photo ID or credit card with the bartender. It's a bit of an ordeal. I wasn't allowed to buy one for my friend, to whom I'd promised a drink, until I'd actually emptied my own. And I overheard grumbling from another group: Apparently they won't call now and order food for patrons. It seems the line given them was, "We can't stop you from ordering something," but the bartenders weren't abetting it either now.

      The coolest touch: On the stairs as one walks up, they pump in a fragrance of unsmoked cigars, giving it the aroma of a humidor.

      1. kellydeez Jun 12, 2007 05:05 PM

        Had my birthday party there about a month ago. I (along with 60 friends) were extremely impressed. Besides their considerable selection of whiskey, scotch, bourbon, the beer on tap is all top notch. There is a great juke box and a DJ on weekends. Also, a pool table and an awesome patio with booths outside for the smoking crowd. Cool design and really nice vibe. Definitely check out!

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          Hailyn Jun 12, 2007 05:55 PM

          Did you reserve a space for you and your 60 friends? What night of the week were you there?

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            kellydeez Jun 14, 2007 05:22 PM

            It was a Saturday. I did call ahead and spoke to someone. They have a couple little rooms you can use to keep your group in order. Luckily, it has just opened, so it wasn't packed yet. With our group the place filled out nicely. I would definitely give them a call/email if you want to reserve a space...

        2. aching Jun 12, 2007 03:46 PM

          However, note that there is currently no food service. They will, however, order you a pizza if you want.

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            eberhard49 Jun 12, 2007 03:48 PM

            they will...if it is before 10pm. What is with all the resturants in LA closing at 10?????

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              Chowpatty Jun 12, 2007 06:38 PM

              They are planning to open a restaurant downstairs with Neal Fraser of Grace, focusing on steaks and game. They already have the liquor license but no name yet -- sounds like this one could be a year or so away.

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                Woolsey Jun 12, 2007 06:58 PM

                A game restaurant! Awesome. Hence the stag's head on the logo...

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                  aching Jun 13, 2007 07:38 AM

                  I love Grace! That's very exciting news...

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                oddlymoving Jun 12, 2007 02:45 PM

                I love the Seven Grand. As an avid scotch drinker, I can appreciate the selection. I don't think I'd charge as much for some of the malts (considering the price I can get bottles at), but it's nice to be able to go out to a nice bar, play pool and get more than Glenfidditch or McCallan's.

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                  slacker Jun 12, 2007 12:04 PM

                  Wait--is this at the former Clifton's Silver Spoon location??? I'm not a big whiskey drinker but now I must go for the location. I miss the Silver Spoon.

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                    RobertC Jun 12, 2007 12:22 PM

                    It is, but it is located up a couple of flights of stairs. They have Stella on tap if you are beer drinker.

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                      slacker Jun 12, 2007 12:39 PM

                      Thanks, sounds like it's in the upstairs dining room of the former Silver Spoon, where I used to carry my tray. Nice room, hope they didn't mess with the original fixtures.

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                        mc michael Jun 12, 2007 03:42 PM

                        Yes, that's the location. They have retained some original stuff, added lots of stuff, have all sorts of liquor particularly just about any sort of Scotch, Bourbon or Whiskey you want. I favor the Bernheim Wheat Whiskey.

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                    mc michael Jun 12, 2007 06:10 AM

                    With the exception of one bar in SF (that I can't recall). Seven Grand has the best selection of whiskey on the West Coast.

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                      RobertC Jun 12, 2007 08:01 AM

                      Seven Grand is a great new place downtown. The bar tenders are extremely helpful and knowledgable. This place has the same owner as the Golden Gopher on 8th and the Broadway Bar on Broadway. All three are well worth going to for the architecture, music and comfort factor..oh..and the drinks. At the Golden Gopher..they have PBR on draft.

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                        wilafur Jun 12, 2007 10:57 AM

                        the group also owns liquid kitty on the westside.

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                        Dave and Stuff Jun 12, 2007 10:56 AM

                        Maybe Bourbon and Branch in SF?

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                          mc michael Jun 12, 2007 11:22 AM

                          maybe

                      3. PseudoNerd Jun 12, 2007 02:17 AM

                        Your posting caught my eye, and I wanted more information. Thank _ for Google!

                        Seven Grand
                        515 W. 7th St., 2nd Fl (between Grand and Olive)
                        Downtown LA

                        (213) 817-5321

                        M-F, 4 PM-2 AM
                        Sat 8 PM-2 AM
                        Closed Sunday

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