Downtown nightlife newcomer Prank can be found at the corner of 11th and Hope, where getting a drink is as easy as slipping up to the open-air bar.
Prank comes via Dave Whitton (Villains Tavern) and his siblings, Jonny and Jaime. The bar bills itself as the kind of place where one could get into mischief, but the pranks held within are not mean-spirited—though guests may receive a surprise serenade from an unsuspecting crooner.
The space was laid out by Los Angeles-based interior design firm Ricki Kline. Retractable walls open up to reveal an elegant bar just steps off the sidewalk. While guests will not be able to take their drinks back onto the street, it is something of a new concept for a downtown bar to allow guests to literally walk right in off the street.
Besides the bar stools, additional seating is available throughout the ground floor, where live bands and DJs will set up every Thursday through Sunday. A karaoke booth, disguised as a phone booth, allows guests to belt out their favorite tunes. However, guests are advised that their private jam session might become the audio for the rest of the bar—that’s one “prank.” An upstairs mezzanine in shades of gray and blue allows for a more intimate, quieter dining experience. Prank Bar’s patio is dog-friendly.
The menu comes via Executive Chef Ricardo Sanchez. It’s American bar food, in a way, yet each GMO, hormone and antibiotic-free offering is designed to be healthier than typical pub fare. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, including a raw salad, vegan nachos, and spicy cauliflower “wings.” Larger entree items come paired with a beer, wine or cocktail. Options include a taco trio (filet mignon, seasonal fish and vegan), which can be paired with a spicy margarita or El Sully Lager, among other choices. Or guests could go for the salami sandwich on herb focaccia, topped with goat cheese, sweet and spicy red peppers and arugula, paired with a Makers 46 Old Fashioned or a Trefethen Riesling. Each entree has at least two to three wine, beer and cocktail options each, meaning even a suggested pairing still requires decisiveness. Non-drinkers can dismiss the pairing and save themselves about $6.
The craft cocktails are interesting in that they include cannabis terpenes. The Hilaria, for example, is made with mezcal, sherry, watermelon, honeyed apricot, citrus, bitters, herbs and limonene terpene.
A terpene is an organic compound produced by a plant, often used in essential oils or aromatherapy. Leafly describes them as the “fragrant oils” that give cannabis strains their pungent or sweet scents. Different terpenes are believed to have different effects. Limonene is a citrusy terpene that may improve one’s mental wellbeing and decreases stress. Terpenes do not contain CBD or THC, meaning they have no psychotropic effects and will not get you high. Skeptics of terpenes’ benefits will still find the cocktails delicious, the aforementioned Hilaria in particular.
Prank offers other non-alcoholic elixirs blended for their anti-inflammatory or energizing properties, and they also have a kombucha and matcha tea.
Prank Bar is currently open Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to midnight; Friday from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Prank, 1100 S Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 493 4786