Drink Like Wet Hot American Summer at Walker Inn

Summer camp inspires the Koreatown bar’s latest cocktails—somehow none are served in a talking can

Summer is almost over. Rather than mourn its demise, might we recommend toasting to its finale with the new summer-campy cocktails at Koreatown’s Walker Inn? For its second themed menu (the first was inspired by the Pacific Coast Highway), the buzzed-about bar by the Proprietors LLC folks (Death & Co, Honeycut) is taking you back to the summertime of your youth…with booze. The bar recently debuted its new Wet (Hot) American Summer menu, inspired by the cult movie and brand new Netflix series, as well as their own childhood memories. Think boozy fruit punch pouches a la Capri Sun and even s’mores.

And not that it has to be said, but these are definitely not for kids. Counselors only.

Like the previous PCH themed menu, this one thinks outside the glass. There’s a story being told here through everything from the glassware to the setup, in addition to the seasonal and housemade ingredients.

Although the intimate 27-person-capacity space features a lovely lounge in which to enjoy drinks with your friends, the barstools are by far the best seats in the house. It’s only in front of the bartender where you have access to the omakase cocktail service; it’s a la carte in the lounge.

Booze omakase goes beyond “bartender’s choice.” This style of bar hospitality references traditional sushi bar dining, and was first popularized in L.A. by barman Matthew Biancaniello while he worked at the Hollywood Roosevelt’s Library Bar.

At Walker Inn the bartender will ask you what type of cocktail you’re into, what are you in the mood for, and if you’re allergic to anything. Based on your answers, he or she will then customize an entire evening’s drink experience. They’ll most likely draw from the bar’s two menus: one made up of classics done with the Proprietors’ inventive twist and the other based on a theme that is changed every four to six weeks.

The courses are supplemented with boozy amuse bouches and snacks, and the tab starts at $45 a person for two courses. Hot tip: Bring a friend so you can try more cocktails.

The summer camp menu offers drinks like Rosé All Day, which looks like a glass of rosé but is actually an easy-drinking cocktail of watermelon and white wine blended and clarified, watermelon distillate, Aperol, pamplemousse grapefruit liqueur, and fino sherry. The cocktail pouch is the Bus Ride, a mix of pear brandy, pisco, lime, pineapple, raspberry, and amaretto.

Now, everybody in your bunks.

redarrowThe Walker Inn, 3612 W. 6th Street, 213-263-2709.  Hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00 p.m-2:00 a.m.