Craft Coffee, Cocktails and Grilled Cheese
In true speakeasy form, only a gold umbrella symbol with raindrops falling from the inside signals that the sliding whitewashed wood doors are in fact the entrance to the post-Prohibition-inspired coffee and cocktail bar, Melrose Umbrella Co. When you enter this spacious yet cozy retreat, survey the various nooks made for intimate conversation: the tables for two under the stuffed goose hanging above the 1890s fireplace, and the booths with tiled tables under a wall of precisely askew hanging vintage umbrellas. Pick your spot, and a server who feels more like an old friend will discuss on- and off-menu drinking options that creatively mix, infuse, and pair fresh and homemade ingredients from the apothecary-turned-bar back centerpiece. The popular mezcal-based Mexicali Me Banana balances the smokey liquor with tart fruit (the banana flavoring is barely there) and an aromatic charred rosemary sprig lit on fire at the bar. The concoctions here are sophisticated yet playful, and the attention to detail extends to the daytime coffee menu and the grilled cheese menu from Greenspan’s next door (GF bread available).
By Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
Sun - Sat 9am - 2am