Koreatown’s status as a diverse drinking destination has been solidified in the last year with Matthew Biancaniello’s creative cocktails at Roy Choi’s Pot Bar, the international wines available by the taste, glass, carafe, or bottle at Saint Martha, and even the silly, festive margarita-beer combos at Quarters Korean BBQ. Separately, the renovated Hotel Normandie has expanded Koreatown’s palate with two destination restaurants: the new iteration of Cassell’s Hamburgers and the no-longer-a-pop-up Le Comptoir from chef Gary Menes.
Connecting these two threads is The Normandie Club, which has soft-opened at Hotel Normandie and aims to bring a classic-meets-modern cocktail experience to Koreatown. The Normandie Club, from 213 Nightlife and Alex Day and David Kaplan of Proprietors LLC, wants to be a neighborhood destination as much a hotel bar, and a team lead by barman Daniel Eun (PDT, The Varnish, Honeycut) is serving its riffs on Sours, Martinis, Old-Fashioneds, Manhattans, and other drinks from seven categories of “classic cocktail canons,” along with craft beers, ciders, and wines.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Koreatown and find myself frequently eating and drinking around the neighborhood, trying new and interesting Korean BBQ and bibimbap spots,” 213 Nightlife founder and CEO Cedd Moses said in a statement. “It’s such a beautiful and bizarre microcosm of Los Angeles that I’ve been waiting to explore and finally had the chance to.”
One thing Moses no doubt understands is that Koreatown is a late-night neighborhood. The Normandie Club is open every day from 5 p.m to 2 a.m.