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Photo Essay: Tranquility Base's First Annual Cocktail Party

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Tranquility Base, downtown's newest restaurant/bar, celebrated its grand opening with a "first annual" springtime cocktail party last night. There were some passed hors d'oeuvres, a cocktail tasting to choose the restaurant's featured cocktail and lots of dressed-up 30-something revelers enjoying the warm evening by the outdoor firepit.

The restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Sky Lofts at Grand and 8th in downtown, will feature a new food menu every season. Unfortunately, despite the cocktail contest at the party, it doesn't feature a specialty cocktail menu so those craving something fancier than a two-ingredient cocktail will be better off looking elsewhere. However there are infused liquors available, no list but you can ask the servers about what's available.

There are also wine and beer lists, including seasonal beers on tap ($6 each). The wine list's whites range in price from the $28 bottle of 2007 Crios Rose of Malbec, de Susana Balbo to the $115 2005 Fisher Chardonnay; bottles of reds include the $31 2005 337 Wines Cabernet Sauvignon and the $55 2003 St. Supery Cabernet.

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The dinner menu was comprised of mostly salads and small plates. I ordered the calamari ($9) and although it was tasty, I would have liked more squid for my money. Friends I ran into at the event liked the food as well but were left feeling unsatisfied because of the portions-to-price ratio. They ended up grabbing dinner later in Little Tokyo.

The restaurant/bar space with its stationary colored lights, many TVs, women dressed in clubwear and bouncers galore had a nightclub vibe. Fortunately the music wasn't loud, thumping beats but rather something hip and played at a low volume so you could still enjoy your meal, have a conversation and feel cool. And the televisions played FIDM fashion shows and tranquil environmental scenery like waterfalls, sunny beaches and...bears wrestling.

Tranquility Base seems like a cool, new hang where the acrophobic 30-something fashionable set can finally go to enjoy an outdoor patio and drinks downtown.

Tranquility Base
801 South Grand
Los Angeles, California 90017 (map)