Sandwiched between Valley Bar and the Cornish Pasty Co. on Central Avenue, in the former home of Downtown Deli, the Liar’s Club will be a neighborhood spot with a cocktail program by Colton Brock and food by Tyka Chheng.
Brock, Chheng, and John Sagasta comprise Misa Hospitality. The trio is partnering with Cobra Arcade Bar’s Ari Bracamonte on this project. The Liar's Club is an idea they’ve been thinking about since 2016, Brock says.
“We’ve always had this in our back pocket,” he says. “It’s been brewing for the last six years, smoldering in our heads.”
The idea behind the Liar’s Club is to highlight what makes us human, celebrating both the good and the bad.
“At the end of the day, we’re all humans with our own faults and secrets. We thought that was cool to celebrate that,” Brock says.
With service for lunch, dinner, and late night – they’ll have a DJ and dance floor in the back of the shotgun space, and will serve a limited menu at Valley Bar – Brock says the team is aiming for “a cool vibe that’s open to everyone."
“I wanted to make the menu approachable and super fun,” he says. “We’re doing everything from scratch.”
The dough and sauce will be scratch-made, along with burgers ground by hand.
For drinks, Brock is leaning on his extensive expertise in all things agave. There will be a section of the bar dedicated to those spirits, joining a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. The cocktail menu will include drinks like a take on a Fernet and coke – an Argentinian highball that Brock is infusing with cherry, key lime, and vanilla.
“It’s funny the name is the Liar’s Club, and it’s a pretty honest, straightforward project we’re doing here,” Brock says.
Inside the deep, dark space, trophies line the rail above the booths. With a background in art, Brock is building an installation of “the trophies that none of us won.”
It is the Liar’s Club after all, so expect a few embellishments.
The exterior has a fresh coat of black paint, and you may see a sign claiming the Liar’s Club was established back in 1973. Above the bar sits Maximón, a Mayan folk saint who is a bit of a trickster and a degenerate, Brock says.
“You’re never going to know what’s real and what’s not,” Brock says. “You can always be sure the service is going to be really good, the food and drinks are going to be really good. Other than that, we might be lying our asses off about something.”
When asked if he’s got his lie sorted out, Brock hedges.
“I might just have a bunch of little white lies," he says.
Of course, there’s no way to be sure that’s true.
The Liar’s Club
130 North Central Avenue
Estimated opening in September.