Classic Tastes Meet Modern Sensibilities at the Tripel
Set between wetlands on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, the western end of Culver Boulevard in Playa del Rey is reminiscent of a disappearing Los Angeles. Longtime establishments filled with regular patrons line the street, and a patchwork of colorful signs beckon passersby to a finish at the sea. One black and white sign stands for the Tripel, a neighborhood bar with the laidback personality of a beloved spot that just so happens to be one of the new kids on the block. In the past few years, the Tripel has shown itself as a place where lived-in comfort meets of-the-moment cuisine.
Clean lines and industrial finishes style a small room filled with black communal tables and a full-length bar. Come in at lunch for the new menu, and eat a popcorn salad with pickled onions and squid ink spaghetti tossed with ground shrimp. If a burger sounds more appetizing, order one with a side of broccolini and peanuts in sesame vinegar.
After finishing the last of a midday feast, walk past the bar’s decorative wood wall to the Tripli-Kit, a culinary store that opened this July in a space behind the Tripel. This airy outpost features artfully displayed kitchen items curated by the co-owners: glossy cookbooks stand beside jars of maple syrup, children’s items offset a display of chefs’ knives, and tools for coffee and cocktails cover thirst from day to night. And just beyond a casual sitting area, French doors open to views of the area’s classic natural beauty.