Marina del Rey isn’t exactly known for buzzworthy bars, but the Marina del Rey Hotel, reopening soon after a $20 million renovation, hopes to have a cocktail to suit whatever mood you’re in and whatever flavor profile you’re craving.
The hotel, which is taking reservations for January, will include the new Salt restaurant and bar, which promises California cuisine and a cocktail menu with signature drinks–often colorful concoctions–that are simply named Salt, Spicy, Bitter, Dry, Savory, and Sweet ‘N’ Sour.
Salt, for example, is Cazadores tequila, Cointreau, blue Curacao, lime juice, blue ice chips, and a blue salted rim while Dry is green tea-infused Hendrick’s Gin, Heering Cherry, fresh lemon juice, and ginger beer.
There will also be on-tap local beers, like Strand Beach House Amber Ale from Torrance and Racer 5 IPA from San Diego, as well as an extensive wine list that skews heavily California but also includes a selection of both Italian bottles and champagnes.
Marina del Rey overall, with Ricardo Zarate’s Paiche, Josiah Citrin’s forthcoming Washington Boulevard restaurant in the old Macchi’s Bistro location, and a long string of hotels in between, is becoming more of a destination. Whether any Marina del Rey bar can turn into a hot spot is unclear, but Salt will no doubt try to bring some new flavor to the scene. We’ll likely soon know whether this is a locals scene or a tourist scene–or both.
Salt at the Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 301-1000