Sneak peak at Highland Park bar makeover

La Cuevita's "Mexican grotto bar" style. Photo courtesy 1933 Group

The owners of La Cuevita, the Highland Park bar former known as the Little Cave, are putting the final touches on the Figueroa Street bar before it makes its official debut on May 4.  The 1933 Group, which also operates the Thirsty Crow in Silver Lake and Big  Foot Lodge in Atwater Village,  remade the Highland Park into what it calls a “Mexican-grotto bar” that features tequila and mescal drinks. The interior design is the work of company designer Bobby Green. Says the company in a press release

To embellish the intimate bar, Green used reclaimed wood remnants, stained glass lighting and classic iron fixtures to adorn the walls.  Magnificent 100 year-old doors, derived from an old Mexican church, now flank the patio and front entrance of the building. The rustic bar is highlighted by worn leather stools and is surrounded by tables made from salvaged wood and marble.

But what about the drinks?  Expect concoctions like Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal, made with St Germain, fresh lemon juice and ginger beer and the Pinaleta which features Bacardi 8 year Rum, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, cayenne, pineapple, Gomme syrup, passion fruit juice and fresh lime.


  1. @ Eastsider LA – “Thirsty” Crow?

  2. Yeah, pretty much same vibe as thirsty crow. They’ve added windows and higher prices too.

  3. I don’t think Russel Crow likes his name shortened…

  4. But what about the Little Cave sign?

  5. Mexi-goth?

  6. Looks like a stage set. Maybe in not such a great way?

    • haha…maybe like the bar in “From Dusk Till Dawn”? Although, I kinda like it… can’t wait to check it out!

  7. yet another restaurant/bar concept co-opted by set designers.

  8. Looks pretty cool, I’m looking forward to trying it out. In addition, they should bring in some Sotol, which is related to tequila, http://texas-tabc.com/tequilas-cousin-sotol-coming-to-texas/

  9. I hope they still have punk night. :/

  10. Preservation Patriot

    Oh No You Didn’t!
    You didn’t stucco over the front of the historic Hofbrau Haus, now did you??? I know you didn’t get a permit for that.
    HPOZ police gonna come knock on your door, so get ready.
    Besides, the Little Cave sign, and the Little Cave became the only vampire hang in the city.
    Soooo much more unique.
    No thanks for the “hipster gone wrong” attitude of the place, now.

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