An inner-city hideout for Downtown locals, The Escondite provides their kin with the grit and gusto reminiscent of the great small town dive bars of old. It could be the vintage, Western decor spread out from wall to wall of the interior, the live music every night of the week, or bartenders chewing the fat with every regular on a first name basis. Whatever the reason, the space offers a sense of familiarity difficult to find in such a transient city.
Though not a proper sports bar, one might still describe The Escondite as a place to catch the game without a sweaty testosterone overdose. The indoor space caters to both diehard and casual fans with a variety of games on-screen and a stacked, ever-changing rotation of craft beers on draft. The bar also concocts a delicious selection of cocktails for those keen to set the night off strong, played up by the Chatafugup — a peculiarly aggressive combination of spiced rum, rum chata, and cinnamon.
Before soaking a little too deep into the drink menu, take a shot at one of the amusingly unconventional burgers that are quite literally not for the faint of heart. A big fan favorite is The Captain Kangaroo, a burger that brings breakfast to lunch and dinner with a brawny stack of cheddar cheese, egg over easy, hash brown patty, Canadian bacon, breakfast gravy, and Cholula. The Slim Pickens is also a savory roadhouse favorite with cheddar cheese, Canadian bacon, red onion, BBQ sauce, and special crunch.
Located in an ambiguous intersection of Skid Row, Little Tokyo, and the Historic Core, the perspective from The Escondite’s wooden, barnlike outdoor patio lends to an auspicious view of Downtown’s skyline that stands as an unmatched highlight of a warm city night.
Written by Michael P. Flynn
Photographed by Frank Maldonado