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Kelly Wearstler’s new Downtown LA bar is a terracotta dream

Mexican and Moroccan influences inbue the interiors of new Los Angeles bar, Dahlia, which recasts the intimacy of the classic cocktail lounge in rosy hues.

Kelly Wearstler designed the intimate 18-seater bar in the Downtown LA Proper Hotel – the latest of Proper’s outlets led by the American designer. It takes its name from Mexico’s national flower, the Dahlia, while the colour scheme continues the same Mexican, Spanish, and Moroccan influences throughout the rest of the hotel. (See more on that in our earlier feature.)

Dahlia’s rich pink palette is the first thing guests notice about the bar: blush-coloured Roman plaster walls, pink marble tables and glossy cement tiles set a breezy, laid-back vibe.

Vintage furniture and gallery-esque walls – hung with an impressive curation of art by local creators, including an oversized flower artwork that nods to the bar’s name – are quick to follow. Stained glass is by Judson Studios, ceramic mirrors by Mithe Espelt, a large-scale work by Lou Fink and a sand-and-gesso piece by Jonathan Todryk.

Dahlia’s pared-down drinks menu focuses on the classics, made table-side from cocktail carts using small-batch liquors, with drinks starting from $22.

1100 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Photography: The Ingalls
Photography: The Ingalls

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