Sneak Peek: Ace Hotel's Mezzanine Bar, More Now Open

By Lesley Balla  |  January 8, 2014
Credit: Lesley Balla

Only about half of the rooms, the rooftop bar (Upstairs) and restaurant (L.A. Chapter) at the Ace Hotel are ready, but you can still check out the new Fashion District attraction - just stop by the coffee bar or the mezzanine bar above the dining room, which are both open daily already, and brunch started last weekend. After touring the property, we stopped for a Stumptown cold brew and sat at a sidewalk table out front, feeling every bit of the revitalization vibe happening on Broadway.

The mezzanine bar soft-opened on Monday evening, slinging drinks like The Clubman (cold-brew coffee, cinnamon syrup, tonic); Gee Bee (Aperol, early grey-infused vermouth di torino, honey, soda); Tijuana Bible (mezcal, pineapple, jalapeno falernum, oloroso sherry); and The Ghostlight (rye, cardamom spice syrup, Angostura and cherry bark bitters). Take a close look at the walls. Those aren't random scribbles, but individual drawings from local artists Nikolai and Simon Haas (The Haas Brothers). No detail is too small or hip for the Ace.

When Upstairs, the rooftop bar, opens, you'll get amazing views of the blue art deco Eastern building a block away, as well as just about everything in the distance. With tabletops made of cross-cut trees, white leather chairs, banquettes strewn with pillows, rich tapestries, and a cool weave wall design inside, it's a stunning space just under the spire of the incredible 1927 United Artists building. And if you stand in just the right spot, you can see the iconic "Jesus Saves" sign all lit up below.

L.A. Chapter fully opens on  

  • Lots of sidewalk seating for the coffee bar and L.A. Chapter.

  • L.A. Chapter should make its official debut on January 17.

  • The coffee bar is open daily. Good thing, too, since there's really nowhere to get coffee right near the hotel, and the rooms that are available already are sold out. Hotel guests need coffee.

  • A few house-baked sweet and savory pastries are available to go along with those cold brews, lattes and espressos.

  • The Haas Brothers covered the walls around L.A. Chapter, the coffee bar and Mezzanine with eccentric little drawings. Also note the movie scripts under all hotel signage. Very small details that make a big impact on the overall design of the hotel.