Suede Bar & Lounge
404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
verdict: tasty, try it!
typically, i am hesitant about trying anything in downtown because downtown has notoriously sucky parking. not this time though. since suede is located in the westin bonaventure hotel, we got valet parking for $4.50 (validation covers 5 hours). *arm pump* score!!
the ambience is great! small place, lots of red decor and plushy seats and pillows to sink yourself in. the happy hour menu is limited though. at $4 a pop, there are a few beers to choose from, but wines consisted of kenwood chardonney or a kenwood merlot. ack! come on now, make it happier for us wine lovers! the staff is pretty good about refilling the complimentary nuts and japanese cracker mix which we ended up inhaling a lot because they didn't have any happy hour appetizers on the menu. what a shame. we would have stayed there for a lot longer i think if we could order some happy hour food.
they do have some overpriced sushi rolls you can order from the menu, but seriously, there's something unholy about mixing sushi with wine. anyways, i think suede is a great place to get drinks, but if you are hungry on top of that, this wouldn't be the best choice. do check it out though because even with the shortcomings, the vibe is great and the staff was awesome. i would totally come back again.