Venice, California – The creative team behind Silver Lake’s favorite neighborhood cocktail bar, The Friend, announces the opening of The Little Friend in the artistic, hip, urban seaside community of Venice. The Little Friend, with a secret entrance just behind the Sunny Spot on Washington Boulevard, is a playful space with an unexpected retro beach vibe, featuring pink flooring and white walls set in a sleek interior dressed in Saraiva art and sculptures. Guests are served by the talented blue-striped sailor shirt-dressed bartenders who are equally adept at whipping up a craft cocktail or popping open a PBR to the Westside crowd. It is the ideal artist’s hub – small enough to be intimate but big enough to spread out and have fun.
This new late-night bar in Venice is the second collaboration between three longtime friends – famed artist André Saraiva, Maroon 5 Bassist Mickey Madden and bar entrepreneur Jared Meisler (The Friend, The Roger Room and Bar Lubitsch).
Leading The Little Friend’s cocktail program is mastermind and noted Los Angeles bartender William Cutting. Cutting infuses his abundant summer cocktail menu with a variety of local, seasonal produce, herbs and botanicals. Cutting infuses his recipes with exotic ingredients like black tea, ancho verde chili, hibiscus liqueur, tobacco bitters, cherry heering and bitter truth violet, among others to be discovered in his contemporary drinks. Sample cocktails are The Lover; The Vegan; The Contender; The Traveler; The Gossip; The Enforcer; and The Transplant, all sure to become instant hits. Cutting’s cocktails and The Little Friend’s distinctive ambiance present the perfect opportunity to go out, mingle and relax in a stylish Venice setting.
Along with the beverage program, The Little Friend showcases a carefully curated music program designed by the partners. They also offer some bar prime nosh available nightly until 10:00 p.m. The snacks menu offers dishes of Pommes Frites with Habanero Aioli; Chips and Guacamole; Chopped Wedge Salad with Iceberg, Roma Tomato, Crispy Bacon, Blue Cheese, Chives & Blue Cheese Dressing; Kale Salad with Feta, Green Apple, Sliced Almonds, Red Grapes & Red Wine Vinaigrette; Nachos with Black Beans, Pico de Gallo, Fresno and Serrano Chilis & Crema (add Pulled Pork or Chicken for an additional charge); Spaghetti Primavera with Crimini Mushrooms, Broccoli, Purple Cauliflower, Carrot, Snow Pea and Marinara; Tacos – choice of Leningrad Pork, BBQ Short Rib, Chicken Tinga, Potato or Baja Fish; Double Cheese Burger with Fries, Caramelized Onion& Herb Aioli; and a Crispy Chicken Sandwich with Fries, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Herb Aioli & Buttermilk Coleslaw.
The Little Friend is open Monday – Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. midnight (later on holiday weekends. Cocktail pricing ranges from $12-$13. For reservations and information the public can call 310-747-6969. For Birthdays, Parties and Events email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE LITTLE FRIEND SUMMER 2019 COCKTAIL MENU
elyx vodka, cucumber, mint, black tea, lime, rocks
altos blanco tequila, ancho verde chili, lime, agave, grapefruit, rocks
yola mezcal, house made hibiscus liqueur, passion fruit, lemon, rocks
plymouth gin, plymouth sloe berry gin, egg white, blackberry, champagne, up
mestizo mezcal, habanero, vanilla, lime, agave, up
jack daniel’s, cold pressed apple juice, ginger, lemon, cinnamon, honey, rocks
shot of bourbon + pbr tallboy
glenlivet founder reserve, giffard cacao, bailey’s almonde,
tobacco bitters, nutmeg, rocks
smooth ambler whiskey, cynar, cherry heering, orange bitters, flamed orange, up
volcan tequila, st germain elderflower, bitter truth violet, lemon, honey, club soda, rocks
bacardi 8-year old rum, giffard peach, lemon, champagne, up
hennessy, lejay cassis, lime, ginger, rocks
jameson’s caskmates stout, carpano bianco, liqueur 43,
peychaud’s bitters, lemon, club soda, rocks
The Little Friend is open Monday – Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. midnight (later on holiday weekends).
THE LITTLE FRIEND HOURS
Monday – Friday: 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Sunday: 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. (later on holiday weekends)
THE LITTLE FRIEND
822 Washington Blvd.
Venice, CA 90292
Reservations and Information: 310-747-6969
For Birthdays, Parties and Events email to email@example.com
ABOUT THE LITTLE FRIEND
THE LITTLE FRIEND is a collaborative effort by three old buddies – André Saraiva, Jared Meisler and Mickey Madden – who together created a playful space called The Friend in Silver Lake where they could all hang out together with their pals. The combination of the three talents and backgrounds helped form a concept that brings contemporary art, music and state-of-the-art cocktails to the explosive Silver Lake nightlife and will now do the same in Venice. Artist and impresario André Saraiva owns bars, cafés, hotels and nightclubs all over the world, including Hotel Amor, Cafe Henrie, and Le Baron. Jared Meisler is a veteran restaurateur who co-owns Los Angeles classics Bar Lubitsch, The Roger Room and The Pikey. Musician Mickey Madden is a renowned founder and current member of the bands Maroon 5 and Collapsing Scenery. Talented Mixologist William Cutting creates and oversees the original beverage program offering a wide array of top quality liquors and organic, fresh, seasonal herbs and produce. The French-inspired bar on steroids is the ideal combination of CBGB meets French New Wave with killer drinks in Venice. Eater LA calls THE FRIEND “a beacon for artists and misfits across the Eastside and beyond…they have collected a group of talented folks to run the place, including William Cutting on beverage duty.” TimeOut LA states, “You’ll be hard pressed to find a drinking environment like this anywhere else in L.A.”
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822 Washington Blvd.
Venice, CA 90292
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2611 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027