Pour Vous is the nouveau kid on the block in Los Angeles’ landscape of what is modern alchemy. Its new home is actually, the old home of the Ivan Kane’s burlesque fantasy bar, 40 Deuce. The change in the venue is stunning, you may remember the 40 Deuce space for its circle bar and front facing stage for the famous shaking Carolina. Steven Livingi, Pablo Moix and the team behind Harvard and Stone & La Descargala have washed away the white beaded wall and all the shake and have completely redeveloped the space to a Parisian outpost which is part Gars du Nord with its trolley car outside and interior rotunda with milk glass ceiling.
As far as concepts go, the interior is true vintage Paris circa La Belle Époque. All these details including Marie Antoinette coupes, copper registers (still work at à la main but via touch screen) and a ‘bières à la pression’ backsplash are the supporting cast to the menu which has a bountiful Champagne offering including other sparkling wines from Reims, Armagnac (I counted over 20 on the menu) and a bar full of French liqueurs, and spirits.
The menu is composed of a clever flight of choices designed to give you a whirlwind Francophile tour of spirits. Separated in five parts, it features:
- Aperitifs, which stay classic but veer from the usual with their Kina Crust which has Lilet Campari, Citrus, Cacao, and Champagne and the Eau de Chambéry with French vermouth, maraschino, and bitters
- Parfum which has a light feminine aromatic fruity flavors with highlighted by a Pret a Poire which is composed of Armagnac, pear, eau de vie, citrus and canella. Try also L’Avenue Nouvelle, containing calvados, bourbon,lemon, passion fruit and pomegranate
- Potion is the male mate to Parfum with strong virile flavors with the Phylloxera Flip which has Pastis Benedictine and Egg.
- Par Avion (my favorite part of the menu) is a nod to the colonial history of France with the Indochinois, a delicate balance of bonal lime, curacao, thai basil, and cucumber. Small note here, the curacao is of the white variety and not blue. Also interesting is Le Samouraï mixed with Armagnac, Framboise, Rhubarb, and Umami.
- Santé features drinks that have said ‘health benefits’ with natural flavors. One of interest is Sur la Mer containing Rhum, Lime, E3 Live Algae, Fresca Salt and Evaporated Cane Sugar.
The food menu is still being developed (companion chocolates and cheese will debut in the weeks to come) but currently Pour Vous has a oyster bar with a dedicated barista oyster shucker which serves Baja raised oysters. Yes, Baja, I raised my eyebrow as well, but the clean taste and the plump meat rival some of its best east coast cousins.