Los Angeles Preview: Salvage Bar & Lounge

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Disappointed that nightlife just hasn’t seemed, well, as trashy as it used to be? LA’s Salvage Bar & Lounge was literally built from a pile of rubble — though it was, as you might have guessed, as much an ecological concept as an aesthetic one. Soon to open on the ground floor of the landmark 1926 building that now houses the stylish Roosevelt Residences, designer and co-proprietor Solomon Mansoor envisioned the entire interior in the rather elegant debris left behind in the wake of the renovation.

Opulent elevator friezes are now cocktail tables, salvaged door panels have been converted into a bartop, original brickwork has been dug out, and some rather prized 1920’s era Carrarra marble pop ups throughout.

Nocturnal Entertainment Group (Mansoor, Homan Taghdiri, and Justin Yashouafar) expects to be mixing Salvage’s first round of cocktails by late July or early August. Most importantly, years of misfiring predictions about Downtown’s revival have finally given way to a genuine renaissance these last couple of years, especially where nightlife is concerned. Now party time comes with a nifty lesson in architectural history.