The Normandie Club is undoubtedly one of the hottest spots in Koreatown but hidden inside is an experience unlike any other in Los Angeles. Opened in May 2015, the award-winning The Walker Inn may just be a cocktail connoisseurs’ best-kept secret.
Hidden from the street, you enter the bar within a bar though The Normandie Club and walk to the back to access the secret door After pushing the button to the left of the door, a red light will come on and you are lead into the stylish speakeasy.
Unlike the typical bar experience where you’d take a seat and be asked “what you’ll have”, the Walker Inn offers a uniquely tailored themed tasting menu that draws inspiration from one core influence which is meticulously crafted and switched every eight weeks. Sure you can order a cocktail a la carte in The Walker Inn’s lounge, but do yourself a favor and make a bar reservation and experience The Walker Tasting Menu.
The current theme of their omakase-style program is A Day / A Night At Sea and features five exceptionally curated cocktails.
Walker Inn A Day/Night At Sea Omakase Cocktails
“The menu is like a timeline when you are on a sailboat,” says bartender and co-owner Devon Tarby. “Each drink evokes a certain experience and time throughout your day on the water.”
Cocktail: Rise at Dawn
The tasting menu starts with the Rise At Dawn, meant to call upon a feeling of waking up on the still water on a cool crisp morning. The cocktail is made with pear, rum, seaweed mint, cucumber, clarified lime and cool blue bubbles and served with a fresh apple snack.
Cocktail: Clarified Bloody Mary
Next, “liquid breakfast” in the form of a Clarified Bloody Mary made with clarified tomato juice, vodka and jalapeno and served perfectly with a crostini covered in olive oil and tomato jam and pickled tomatoes.
Cocktail: High Noon at Walker Inn
Now that the sun is shining high above the sea, you’ll sip on the High Noon cocktail, with turmeric tequila, Lillet, passionfruit puree, lemon and salt, pineapple, ginger, and suze.
Cocktail: Lunch on Deck
After you have worked up an appetite it’s time for Lunch on Deck which included a Hopped Apple Radler, a blend of cider with a hopped grapefruit twist, served with potato chips with crème Fraiche and Chives.
Cocktail: Afternoon Fog
As your Day At Sea concludes, you’ll send with the Afternoon Fog, the Walker Inn’s exaggerated version of a wine made with a Green Apple Vihno Verde, salty smoke, eucalyptus, frizzante and smoking hot matcha fog tea. The staff will warn you, it’s boozier than it looks.
The Walker Tasting Menu is $70 per person and includes all five cocktails and pairings (excluding tax and gratuity). Past themes have included Wet Hot American Summer, Climate, Alice Waters and California Citrus just to name a few.
Walk-ins are welcome, especially if you are going the a la carte route, but if you are doing a full tasting, definitely make a reservation which can be scheduled two weeks in advance on thewalkerinnla.com. Reservations slots of two hours are available at the bar and within the lounge but note, bar reservations are exclusively for a cocktail tasting menu.
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