LOS ANGELES | Wolf & Crane is a bar that we first spotted in Little Tokyo while heading for Sushi at Sushi Gen just a few doors up. It’s named after the Aesop fable, Honshu Wolf and the Red-Crowned Crane, which symbolises protection and longevity in Japanese mythology. What this means for your drinking experience here we don’t quite know, but there’s more Japanese inspiration when you take a look at the menu. The highball is a drink we developed quite a fondness for while traveling through Japan and here you’ll find the classic (with the addition of ginger beer) along with six other highball cocktails.
The beer list contains Sapporo and Codeo Ruri, along with eight rotating local beers, while wine lovers have a choice from two whites and two reds. Whisky is more of the focus at Wolf & Crane, and you’ll find a very nice selection of Japanese, Taiwanese, Scottish, Irish and American Whiskys on offer. For us, the Hibiki 21yo is one of our all time favourites, but it’s quite pricey outside of Japan so we tend to stick to the 12yo, which is still very tasty, and is best enjoyed on the rocks.
Pitfire Pizza’s menu is available for those who are hungry, and a $1.00 delivery fee will get anything from the menu delivered to you at the bar in about 30 minutes.
Tunes range from 80s classics and 90s indie-pop and are kept at a level which promotes conversation. No pretension, no following trends here, just a nice neighborhood bar bar with great service and a theme and offering that the owners are genuinely passionate about.
Wolf & Crane
366 E 2nd Street
Telephone: 213 935 8249
Mon – Fri: 5:00pm to 2:00am
Sat – Sun: 4:00pm to 2:00am