Another day of working for the Man has finally ended, but you're still trapped downtown, unable to face an hour on the freeway. What you need is a place to unwind. Slip into the stacks at Library Bar.
Loosen that tie, grab a drink, catch the game on TV. The vibe is modern, but wingback chairs and a wall of many leather-bound books Ron Burgundy would be proud of give the bar a gentlemen’s club feel: think smoking jackets, not the Rhino. Chuck Taylors and jeans are just as prevalent as suits and ties here.
Hold on, no need to go home just yet. This favorite after-work spot is now officially a destination, thanks to Wolfgang Puck’s recently introduced special pub menu. Just call from your cell to place your order, and they’ll deliver gourmet pizzas and sandwiches substantial enough to quell your appetite, yet light enough to let you swill a few more handcrafted beers on tap.
Library Bar is comfortable enough to hit up at happy hour, then settle in until closing time.
630 West 6th St., entrance is on Hope St. (213) 614-0053
Price: 2 (out of 4) Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Scene: Young professionals at happy hour; Eastsiders later
Best Bets: Mu shu chicken pocket; chicken pesto focaccia; herb-seasoned fries; parmesan potato chips smothered in gorgonzola
Nearby: The Standard; Cafe Pinot; McCormick & Schmick’s
Parking: If you can’t nab nearby street parking (which is free after six), pull into the lot across the street for $5 parking with validation.