It’s been nearly two years since word got out that El Prado, the decades old Echo Park bar where a red curtain at the entrance obscured a dark and dank interior, was destined to reopen as a wine bar. Well, when El Prado did reopen, there was plenty of exposed brick, beer but no wine. It turned out that changing the beer-only alcohol license at the Sunset Boulevard bar was apparently a far more lengthy and complicated process than the new owners, connected to The Echo nightclub across the street, had expected. In the meantime, City Sip opened up a few blocks west, beating El Prado to the wine bar scene.
Well, it looks like El Prado’s bartenders will finally be able to pour more than just beer. The Los Angeles City Council today will consider a permit to allow El Prado to serve wine if it meets a long list of conditions. Unfortunately, for bargain drinkers, one of those restrictions means El Prado cannot hold a “happy hour.” Well, there’s always $2.50 margaritas at Barragan’s.
Photo: El Prado