A sultry new lounge has sprouted up in downtown LA offering an alluring experience with premium cocktails and delicious bar food for a fabulous LA evening. Inspired by the ferry crossing of Texas' Rio Grande river through which smugglers would bring alcohol into the U.S. from Mexico during the Prohibition era in the 1920s and 30s, the lounge has a speak easy feel with dim lighting, red accents, plush furniture, and a gorgeous bar.
The cocktail menu is outstanding. Cleverly divided among El Norte, El Sur, and a blend of both, the cocktails reflect the spirits and flavors unique to the north and south of the border. The Norte menu features cocktails with spirits like gin and Bourbon whiskey, forbidden during the Prohibition era, while the Sur focuses on tequila and mezcal. Both offer tantalizing choices, like the "The First Battle of Tabasco", off the Sur menu, a deliciously refreshing drink with jalapeño-infused tequila and strawberry, like a strawberry margarita with a kick. Bartender Gia really knows her stuff. My favorite was the Old Fashion with bacon-infused Bourbon and a piece of candied bacon served on a little stick on top of the glass...absolutely delicious! It's the perfect drink for the cooler fall/winter months, or even for dessert to top off a great meal.
Speaking of food, the bar bites at Ebanos Crossing are delicious. Consider this upscale bar fare. You won't find your usual sliders here, but instead Media Noche Sliders, reminiscent of the Cuban Media Noche sandwich with braised pork and Black Forest ham. The goat and catfish tacos are quite scrumptious, as are the mouthwatering Jerk Chicken Wings. These have the most exquisite flavoring with Jamaican spices, that pair perfectly with the Old Fashion. If you want something lighter, the Roasted Figs filled with Goat Cheese are amazing! They would pair very nicely with one of the champagne cocktails Ebanos Crossing has on the list.
There is definitely a cocktail for every taste at this place. And don't forget the music. This place has it all for your nightly enjoyment. They have a DJ, and will also be offering live music. Don't miss out on their happy hour specials during Crossing Hour, where you can get 40 percent off of their food and drinks from 5-8 pm Tuesday through Friday, perfect for the downtown working crowd. Ebanos Crossing is open Tuesday through Friday from 5 pm-2 am and Saturdays from 7 pm-2 am. It's located at 200 S. Hill St. in downtown L.A. For more info visit their website at www.ebanoscrossing.com or their facebook page. See you there!