As we Tweeted this past Sunday, there’s a new trendy biergarten coming to town: Wolfslair Biergarten. If you recall, the spot is the former location of Ivan Kane’s very OK, surprising-it-didn’t-close-sooner Cafe Wa s. With a simple sign and great concept, Wolfslair has breathed tons of new life into the location (and area), reconfirming the biergarten trend…and it hasn’t even opened yet!
The spot already is gutted and ready to go, the silly table and chairs and weird staircases from the old spot removed. We definitely found openings in the paper covering the windows to see what was going on inside, which exposed gaudy chandeliers, lots of blackletter, and even a stuffed wolf (which you can kind of make out below).
Now, this isn’t all really that exciting, but what Wolfslair has done is definitely stepped up the Los Angeles biergarten game, turning it into more of a luxury destination than a place to just lounge. Eater found out that the place is being manned by Art Davis, the man behind sexy (looking) destinations like Voyeur on Santa Monica Blvd. He nabbed the place for $225K, apparently, and has turned it out. From the signs already on the building to their already set to go online presences (Twitter, Facebook, AND Yelp already ready already) to the location just a glance away from Hungry Cat, these guys have their shit together and are not fucking around: they have the perfect location, perfect concept, and are opening soon, just in time for winter to close up shop and make you want to be outside all day.
According to Grubstreet, the spot will only be carrying the German theme only as far as the font choice and title “biergarten” since they will be taking their cuisine in a “German inspired with a mix of American comfort food” direction. They’ll have tons of beers and, if their Facebook indicates anything, it is that they’ll be selling lots of the Belgian beer Chimay. They won’t have a sleek rooftop for you play around in nor will they be as authentically German as others, but they are definitely aspiring to be the hippest and most sophisticated bier-anything in town. Perhaps they will be they yuppie biergarten? Time will tell (but all signs are pointing to yes).
We are going to keep very, very, very close tabs on this place and–once we notice it is open–we are going to get in there and see what it’s all about. If it’s great, we’ll be pumped to share. If it isn’t? Well, we’ll always have the feline lair that is Hungry Cat.