New Koreatown Drinking Dens Make Bar Crawls Easy

Break Room 86 joins a buzz-worthy neighborhood with everything from The Normandie Club to the beer cocktails at Quarters

With the Houston Brothers’ Break Room 86 opening at Koreatown’s Line hotel tomorrow, the neighborhood’s status as a buzz-worthy place to drink is getting even more potent. Plus, because Koreatown is one of the few areas in L.A. where lots of people travel on foot, this is an ideal place for a bar crawl–especially when you consider all the new drinking dens that have opened in the last two years.

The Flo-rita at Quarters is an orange margarita with a Blue Moon.
The Flo-rita at Quarters is an orange margarita with a Blue Moon.

Photograph by Jenni Hwang

The Line, of course, is also home to Roy Choi and Matthew Biancaniello’s Pot Lobby Bar, where cocktails with uni and curry are on the menu. Even newer to the scene is The Normandie Club (from 213 Nightlife and Alex Day and David Kaplan of Proprietors LLC) at Hotel Normandie, a stylish lounge where bartenders put a modern spin on classic cocktails. You could also continue your cocktail crawl with barrel-aged Old Fashioneds at EMC Seafood & Raw Bar or the purposefully ridiculous beer cocktails at Quarters Korean BBQ.

Another good thing about drinking in Koreatown is that you can find food at all hours. There’s no excuse for bar-crawling on an empty stomach in this always-open neighborhood.