We started 2011 off in the best way possible, with a little education and a little inebriation. On January 24th, we packed a group into new-ish downtown bar The Falls to hear from owner Michelle Marini about the 70s-inspired design.

We began with cocktails, including the seasonally-appropriate special of the evening, The Falls Royale, a delicious vodka or gin, fresh squeezed blood orange juice, champagne, and simple syrup concotion.

Michelle told us about renovating the former bank space (that was previously also an art gallery) into a bar, choosing to come downtown after owning bars in Hollywood, and the dangers of dancing on the bar too close to the chandeliers – all while we snacked on freshly made popcorn. The bar was transformed from a white box to a glam mix featuring Nakashima-esque wood tables, stone and lumber walls, copper tiles and geometric glass. One the groups’ favorite features? The great hand-glued door with wooden letters and numbers bought on eBay.

Thanks to Michelle and her staff for kicking off a great 2011!

All photos by Alissa Walker.