By T.A. Hendrickson
The hottest bar in Los Angeles is the Capri Club in Eagle Rock according to the L.A. Times restaurant critic Bill Addison writing on Saturday in the paper’s Tasting Notes.
Capri Club, which opened in June in the old Capri restaurant on Eagle Rock Blvd., had “instant magnetism,” says Addison, thanks to its “knowing mix of the sort of new-but-retro-cool that appeals to Angelenos, coupled with the right timing: We simply want to hang somewhere exactly like this.”
Describing the happy hour at Capri Club on a recent Wednesday evening, Addison wrote “the changing light was creating microclimates in ambiance around the bar,” including tables on the sidewalk, seating just inside the open picture window, a semicircular 12-stool bar and four coveted leather booths where the wood paneling meets a wall mural of the Italian coastline.
Addison describes the drink menu as “broadly Italian,” zeroing in on spritzes and other lighter cocktails. He singled out the watermelon spritz — a blend of vodka, lime juice, prosecco and watermelon juice and liqueur — but if you want to try it, you will have to hurry: Capri Club owner Robert Fleming told Addison the drink would be retired soon for the season and replaced by a “boozy version of a Shirley Temple.”
Addison advises getting to the Capri Club by 7:30 p.m. if you want a seat but that you should go even if you have to “claim a spare sliver of wall to lean against.”
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