DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Grab an after-work cocktail, or take a date to Salvage Bar and Lounge, an establishment full of reclaimed materials from Downtown L.A.’s pre-luxury condominium past.

The Financial District bar, which resides on the ground floor of The Roosevelt Residences on the Seventh Street Retail Corridor, was fashioned out of salvaged items (hence the name) from the Roosevelt itself. It’s decorated with stained glass windows, reclaimed wood, exposed brick, marble slabs, and meticulously restored fixtures. When you walk in, you feel like you’re in a living piece of art. 

There are three areas where you can sit and enjoy your drinks: An indoor and outdoor patio, a main room with an old-fashioned feel, and a modern, lounge with an open-floor plan that’s conducive to intimate conversation or a secluded event. The bar has high ceilings and ample seating, which makes it an ideal space for a gathering large or small. 

Nearly every night of the week, you can enjoy live music from a local band or DJ. During happy hour, which lasts from 3 to 8 p.m., the bar offers $3 beer, wine and well drinks. Patrons can sip cocktails while listening to acoustic songstress Kris Bradley or Mohawk Pete, and then stick around for a variety of musicals later in the evening form the likes of Rafael Moreira, Duane Betts, Rod Castro, Larry Bagby, and the Back of the Hand All Stars.  DJs also spin for late-night customers Thursdays through Sundays.

Salvage Bar and Lounge’s full bar features a tempting array of signature cocktails. If you crave a refreshing drink, or you’re stopping by the bar on a warm day, try The Farmhouse, a blend of organic cucumber liquor, cucumbers, mint leaves and lime. Another drink that complements L.A.’s typical picture perfect weather is the Grandest Mojito, a white rum, mint, lime and simple syrup concoction made traditionally, or with fresh strawberry or mango.

The Sure Thing, with vodka, fresh seasonal fruit, lemon and lime juice, and topped with some bubbly, is a tasty treat for an autumn day and a local favorite, while The Perfect Pear, which comes with Grey Goose La Poire Vodka, St. Germain Liquer, Sprite, and pineapple and lemon juice, will satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Along with specialty cocktails, Salvage Bar and Lounge also serves beer from California breweries such as Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery, Healdsburg’s Bear Republic Brewing Co. and Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido. They’ve also got all the classics, including Rolling Rock, Stella Artois, Blue Moon, and Heineken, if you prefer to stick to the basics. 

Dress is casual chic, which means no extra baggy clothing, hoodies, beanies, flip flops, shorts or white T-shirts are allowed. The space is also available for rentals, including corporate events and private parties. 

At 717 W. Seventh St., (213) 688-7755 or Open weekdays 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. and Sun. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. 

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