The New Vintage Beach Bar by the Team of Jared Meisler, Dave and Patti Reiss
Takes Over the Neuva Space
Renowned Los Angeles bar proprietor Jared Meisler (The Roger Room, Bar Lubitsch, The Friend and The Little Friend) and the exemplary team of David and Patti Reiss of Reiss Co. (The Brig and The Alibi Room) announce the opening of a new westside cocktail establishment, GIN RUMMY, on Friday, May 26, 2023. The cocktail program is masterfully led by Beverage Directors Danilo Kim, formerly of The Alibi Room and Nueva and Marcus Ragas, whose resume includes The Chestnut Club and Caboco.
Located at 822 Washington Boulevard, Marina del Rey, adjacent to Meisler’s popular Little Friend, GIN RUMMY takes over NUEVA after a successful three-year run. Meisler states that he and his partners saw a need for a large and welcoming bar space in the neighborhood. Meisler states, “I’ve always loved the cocktails that come from beach cultures, just as much as I love the imagery and feel of beachy bars. I see a through line between a Tiki Bar, a Cuban Rum Bar, a Mexican Cantina, a Brazilian Quisque, a Spanish Chiringuito and a Venice Beach watering hole. They’re all timeless, relaxed, and fun, serving fantastic and unique drinks. Gin Rummy is an homage to all things Beach Bar, from Nautical to Tropical, in a vintage parlor.”
Following photos by Philip Guerette or Denise Milford
At this gateway to Venice, GIN RUMMY invites passersby to escape to the tropics and get swept away, sipping exotic cocktails and enjoying delicious snacks in a pirate’s lair. The spacious 200-seat setting reimagined and designed by Jared Meisler creates a colorful and ornate island paradise marrying nautical and South Pacific themes with contemporary design. Enter GIN RUMMY through the large front door just off Washington and take in the huge zinc-top mahogany bar with shelves stacked with vast arrays of rum, gin, tequila, and mezcal along with decorative tchotchkes of ships in bottles. A large bank of skylights above the bar provides soft sunlight during golden hour as guests relax in a convivial state of mind. When dusk turns to night, the far wall is illuminated by a row of vintage island-themed pinball machines giving GIN RUMMY a timeless, comfortable feel. As one’s eye travels the room, imbibers take in giant redwood beams supporting a tongue and grove ceiling adorned by funky glassware. Native and tribal prints cover the bar stools and wood booths. Scattered around the room are mini palm trees and lush tropical plants adorned with brass ship hardware. The thick posts are wrapped in nautical rope and accented with imagery of Caribbean and Polynesian life, ocean and boats and jungle paintings. Other notes include large bone-inlaid mirrors, woven wood light fixtures, rattan chairs, and lazy ceiling fans for a sultry Key Largo effect.
Outside, the convertible indoor/outdoor patio exudes a tropical sandy beachy village vibe, adorned with wood carvings and carved wooden mirrors. The natural oak tables are painted with checker and backgammon boards, inviting guests to linger and play games comfortably in reclined rattan chairs. Lush tropical foliage is covered by a mahogany pergola illuminating the space with brass ship lights.
At GIN RUMMY, Beverage Directors Marcus Ragas and Danilo Kim have created an inventive and playful craft cocktail bar program and menu: Fun drinks equal a fun vibe. Look for categories of FROZEN RUMMYS, STIRRED and TIKI, classic and imaginative HIGHBALLS, as well as the irresistible COCKTAILS FOR FOUR that look back to the legendary Trader Vic’s from days gone by. GIN RUMMY offers several NO BOOZE options for the sober crowd or designated driver.
GIN RUMMY is open daily: Monday – Friday: from 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday: from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. and Happy Hour: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. nightly.
- Hemingway Daiquiri with Rum, Grapefruit, Luxardo Maraschino & Lime
- Guava Daiquiri; Mango Ango
- Habanero Honeysuckle
- Frozen Margaritas
- Pina Colada
- Banana Manhattan
- MSG Old Fashioned
- Tail of The Cock with Oaked Cachaca, Cynar, Carpano Antica & Orange Bitters
- Agave Zombie
- Velvet Falernum
- Pina Colada
- Nui Nui
- Jungle Bird
- Marina Fog Cutter
- Tropical Itch; Rye Tai
- Pain Killer (for two, served in a pineapple)
- Gin & Tonic
- Super Paloma
- Captains Wheel
- AK Mojito
- Yuzu Spritz with Gin, Yuzu, Aperol & Champagne
- Reina Picante
- Strawberry Caipirinha
- Corpse Reviver No. 47 with Chamomile Infused Gin, Yellow Chartreuse,
- Lemon, Orange Curaçao, Absinthe & Chamomile Smoke
- Nitro Charged Carajillo
COCKTAILS FOR FOUR
- Scorpion Bowl with Vodka, Gin, Light Rum, Dark Rum, 151 Rum, Pineapple, Orange & Lemon
- Fish Bowl with Vodka, Coconut Rum, Blue curaçao, Lemon & Pineapple.
For guests who prefer sans alcohol, there are creative NO BOOZE options, including Passionfruit Picante Spritz with Passionfruit, Tamarind, Lime, Black Lava Saline, Thai Chili & Mineral Water; Virgin Mint Margarita with Spiritless Jalisco Tequila, Lyres Orange Sec, Lime & Agave; and Not Gin & Tonic with Ritual Zero Proof Gin, Rosemary, Sea Bean, Lemon Basil, Juniper Berry and Fever Tree Tonic.
For a complete list, please visit GIN RUMMY’s online drink and spirits menu.
GIN RUMMY offers a selection of satisfying nosh to enjoy while sipping on delicious cocktails and dreaming of the Pacific.
- Crispy Cauliflower
- Tempura Calamari
- Coconut Shrimp
- Fries and Sweet Potato Fries
- Onion Rings
- (with Buffalo, BBQ and Lemon Pepper Mango Habanero Thai Chili)
- Beer Battered Fish & Chips
- Chicken & Chips
- Vegan Chicken & Chips
(Sauces – Chipotle Aioli, BBQ, Hot Honey, Creamy Ranch, Vegan Ranch, Cocktail Sauce, Tartar Sauce, Thai Chili, Honey Mustard, Yellow Mustard, Buffalo & Mango Habanero)
- Smokey Caesar
- Kale Salad
- Aaarrrugula & Quinoa
- Zucchini & Squash
- Shrimp; Chicken
- Carne Asada
- (served with Salsa and Onions)
- Key Lime
- Chocolate Chess
- Banana Cream
(for a complete list, please visit GIN RUMMY’s online SNACKS menu)
GIN RUMMY HOURS:
- Monday – Friday: from 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
- Happy Hour: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. nightly
GIN RUMMY offers customized Event Planning by appointment at [email protected].
ABOUT JARED MEISLER:
Jared Meisler, raised in Los Angeles, discovered his passion for nightlife and bringing people together while playing music in clubs on the Sunset Strip. Meisler began his career promoting shows and parties and booking fellow musicians and DJs in old mansions and warehouses throughout Los Angeles. In 2006, Meisler partnered with restaurateur and hotelier Sean MacPherson. Together they opened Bar Lubitsch, an art deco-styled Vodka bar in West Hollywood, then the instant classic – The Roger Room, followed by The Pikey, a high-end pub on the Sunset Strip. Desiring to expand his network, Meisler partnered with Artist Andre Saraiva to open The Friend in Silverlake, instantly becoming a hub for artists, musicians and all creative types. The Friend, known as one of the coolest bars in town, expanded to Venice with The Little Friend.
ABOUT DAVID & PATTI REISS (REISS CO):
Dave Reiss is an icon of the L.A. scene, responsible for opening Swingers on Beverly as well as Red, Sugar, The Brig, and half a dozen other properties. Patti met Dave while working in marketing at New Line Cinema, having spanned an extensive career in the entertainment industry from Warner Music Group to BMG. Patti is no stranger to the food world, having founded a family baking company patronized by hotels and gourmet food shops in the Twin Cities. After The Brig, Patti and her husband Dave opened a series of properties under the Reiss Co umbrella, beginning with Beechwood in 2004. Together, the two share an entrepreneurial spirit that has grown over the years into the vibrant Reiss Co portfolio of restaurant and bar concepts providing outstanding food, wine, cocktail, and service in exceptional spaces throughout their Los Angeles community.
- 822 Washington Boulevard, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
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- Instagram: @ginrummybar