I like the El Prado in Echo Park. We stopped in early for a few drinks before seeing Dale Watson at the Echo last Thurs. night. Was expecting a dive bar behind the curtain - not. Nice and simple wood interior. Wine and beer only- chalkboard menu. A select list of whites, reds, and sparklings - from California, Spain, all over the map…same with the beer. Matt, the barkeeper, gives generous pours, is very informative, spins vinyl - also good tunes, and when asked, gave us the scoop on the origins of the El Prado. Mello atmosphere early in the evening; picked up with more locals and some hipster-types arriving around 8pm (for the guy asking for a Bud, and then a PBR - this is not your place). All friendly.
Things to eat?- a very limited menu (looks like no kitchen here). They could seriously up their game on the cheese plate. Two so-so cheeses with flatbread crackers and a dollop of fig jam (we got a smaller serving than that in the Yelp photo, and no charcuterie) $10. We were hoping for something a bit more exciting to go with the Grenache blanc and Rioja we were enjoying. We’ll definitely be back for the wine and chat, if not the cheese.
El Prado Bar