Wendell

Dark-wooded bar with chandeliers (plus an upstairs lounge) serving classic cocktails & craft beers

Somewhere between an elegant lounge and a dicey dive lies Wendell. A stone’s throw from skid row, this neighborly Main Street bar looks nothing like Bukowski’s old refuge Craby Joe’s, although T. Elliott (The Standard) and partners Stan O’Connell and James Campbell retained the long-closed taproom’s stone floor. Now, the refitted two-story space features stylish dark wood, a rod iron stair railing, glimmering chandeliers, and an impressive tap list—14 artisanal brews, from the stiff Speedway Stout to the hoppy Houblon Chouffe. Wendell is too clean to be considered a true dive (the bathrooms are spotless), but it isn’t a craft cocktailery contender, either—you may get scoffed at for ordering an Old Fashioned. It’s the kind of no frills, locals-only watering hole that Downtown needs.

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South Main Street 656
Los Angeles 90014 CA US
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Monday 8PM–2AM Tuesday 8PM–2AM Wednesday 8PM–2AM Thursday 5PM–2AM Friday 5PM–2AM Saturday 8PM–2AM Sunday 8PM–2AM

Upcoming Events

Sat 22

Historic Core Bike Tour

June 3 10:00 am - August 31 12:00 pm
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$40
Sat 22

Animal Soul Art Installation

July 22 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Free
Sat 22
Sat 22

HAPPY HOUR

July 22 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm