February 25, 2008
Barrio North is a fun place with some great design details and amazing drinks. The space isn't huge, but is well proportioned and the decor is a mixture of influences, from the vibrantly coloured tiles in the front to the faux-graffiti on the walls by the bar to the amazing camper nook - they have literally brought a classic camper inside the restaurant to house a large table ringed with couches. I was even impressed with the toilets, with the mens room being wallpapered with old She-Hulk comics.
The bar specializes of course in South American cocktails, from the caipirhini's (I have no idea how to spell that) to mojito's and the classic Cuba Libre. They also have San Miguel on tap, for a tasty (if a bit anachronistic, but for the Spanish name) frothy beer. The bartenders also clearly have a fun time with their work, tossing and spinning bottles all over the place.
Prices aren't super cheap, but not outrageous either. There are pretty good sized platters that can be shared amongst a group of drinkers, although there is also a more full menu that I've not tested out yet. Generally speaking, this is a fun, lively bar in Angel and worth a visit.