Everson Royce Bar
You wouldn’t expect a father of six-year-old twins to be inspired by a writer snorting cocaine, but then again, Randy Clement is anything but traditional. “We have no interest in being predictable,” remarks Clement about his recently opened Everson Royce Bar, a welcoming wine and spirit-filled oasis in the midst of a mostly quiet, industrial block. The only sign of occupation on the bar’s nondescript grey building is a bright neon sign that plainly declares “BAR” above its ever opening orange door.
The interior is just as modestly furnished, but improves upon neighborhood bar classics. Their immaculate, royal blue leather booth runs parallel to the lengthy, 100-year-old original marble bar, which is illuminated by the glow of a neon “my that’s better” sign. Clement lifted the line from journalist David Carr’s description of his first experience with cocaine. As for the rest of the humble decor, “We took away more than we added,” says Clement between runs to his wine shop next door and chats with bar manager Othón Nolasoc, inventor of the immensely popular Yo LA Tango cocktail. Such is the straightforward concept behind E.R.B.: “Alcohol first, food second, no uff, no judgement,” as Clement succinctly puts it. E.R.B. welcomes customers from all walks of life with a diverse drink menu that offers anything from “Modelos for four dollars, to whiskey shots for eight hundred dollars,” Clement explains.
While food may be second priority at E.R.B., it certainly doesn’t taste like it. Head chef and co-owner Matt Molina, previously executive chef at the highly lauded Osteria Mozza, designed a finger-licking menu that refines traditional bar food and seamlessly mixes cuisines. The menu boasts something for every customer — from smoky potato taquitos to roasted pork belly steamed buns to flaky buttermilk biscuits. Also a must is the bar’s classic cheeseburger, complete with billowy buns from the same bakery as In-N-Out.
The impressive team Clement has assembled behind E.R.B. strives for unparalleled service for all of their customers, something they feel distinguishes them from other Downtown spots. “We know what it’s like to get off from work late and have nowhere to eat, and what it’s like to be in your early twenties when people don’t give you the time of day,” says Clement, which is why the kitchen is open until 1 AM, and why the kids are “treated like kings”. E.R.B. ultimately stands as a trendy yet unassuming Cheers, known for reliable hospitality and quality. Nestled between the Silverlake Wine store with its string-lit outdoor patio, and a roomy parking lot on East 7th Street, Everson Royce Bar is the perfect place to decompress after a long day and revive yourself for the night ahead. After a sip of their silver tequila infused Infante and a bite into their burger, you’ll be sighing, my, that’s better.
Written by Lucy Rogers-Ciaffa
Photographed by Rozette Rago