Little Bear brings American comfort to a Belgian bar. “We are the unofficial sports bar of the Art’s District,” says general manager, Pete Carrillo “during the World Cup, heads were peeking in through the window to get a glimpse of the game - it was nuts.”
Specializing in Belgian beer, dozens of bottles and taps line the illuminated bar making it a hoppy shrine of sovereignty. Four flat screen TVs hang above the fully stocked bar - and for European standards, that’s taboo. The low-key atmosphere allows customer’s eyes to volley between television sports highlights and casual conversation. The bar top is cluttered with amber colored beer in their respective glassware because local and imported Belgian style beers is the milk and honey of Little Bear. Serving an extensive selection of craft beers and a hearty menu of overindulgence, patrons leave in a tipsy food coma.
Sunday brunches are their busiest days. Glorified chicken & waffles and gravy-drenched short ribs accompanied by a pint of St Archer White Ale, Sundays are suddenly a dieter’s “cheat” day. But do not fear, in true DTLA artisanal fashion, “everything is made in house, everything except the ketchup and mustard,” says Carillo.
The Little Bear is refined neighborhood bar that encompasses casual comfort with modern European flair. Bring a date, a buddy and a big appetite.
Janica de Guzman