There’s a lot going on in Koreatown, and Hotel Normandie is one of the neighborhood’s hottest commodities. The historic hotel currently houses chef Christian Page’s Cassell’s reboot, the plant food-focused 10-seater Le Comptoir from Gary Menes, and modern-classic cocktail haven The Normandie Club. Now it also has The Walker Inn.
Debuting this past Wednesday, the new bar is the work of the same team (Proprietors LLC’s Alex Day, David Kaplan, and Devon Tarby along with partners 213 Hospitality) behind the The Normandie Club—it’s also literally behind the cocktail lounge, situated through a hidden back door. An intimate affair with a maximum occupancy of 27, The Walker Inn requires reservations, which can be made online or by phone.
There are two drink menus to choose from. One includes about 50 of Day, Kaplan, and Tarby’s takes on classics while a second menu is more fleeting with seasonally inspired cocktails that will take on different themes—the inaugural list is an ode to the Pacific Coast Highway and includes the Malibu-inspired mix of Tequila Cabeza, Encanto Pisco, house-made grapefruit cordial, Giffard pamplemousse liqueur, and Lillet Blanc, plus fresh grapefruit and lime juices with a beachy presentation that features toasted coconut chips on a bed of pink “sand.”
In early July, The Walker will make good on the “Inn” part of its moniker when it debuts 10 rooms (each with its own unique design) in the hotel.
The Walker Inn, 3612 W. 6th Street, 213-263-2709. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00 p.m-2:00 a.m.