Within the historical relics of Downtown Los Angeles, Prank Bar is now the city's first walk-up bar, serving as a welcome into a two-story, open-air concept merging the outside world with unique cannabis-infused cocktails. However, Prank's cannabis-infused creations won't get you high.
By incorporating liquid tinctures containing the essential oils of the cannabis plant, these aromatic oils, known as terpenes, are the basis of the plant's true aroma and flavor, but aren't psychoactive. If you've ever wondered why, 'weed smells like weed,' it's due to the terpene profile found in the plant's resin glands.
The limonene terpene, for example, has a sharp, sweet citrusy fragrance, and is known to have therapeutic benefits such as elevated mood, as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
While the draw of cannabis-infused cocktails might be enough to pique curiosity, Prank Bar has also established a well-rounded pairing menu that lists wine, cocktail, and beer recommendations for each dish on their menu.
To illustrate this technique, Prank's signature Salami "Wich" served with black pepper salami, soft goat cheese, spicy & sweet red peppers, and arugula, all on an Italian herb focaccia, has Melini Chianti, Plungerhead Zin, or Trefethen Riesling as the recommended wine pairings. Adding a Deleon Margarita and a Makers 46 Old Fashioned as paired option cocktails, and Boont Amber Ale or Stone Pale Ale as accompanying beers are options as well.
More importantly, Prank has managed to achieve ideal price points that enable patrons to enjoy elevated fare, without breaking the bank. As a result of this meticulous preparation, Prank Bar has become one of the most unique dining establishments Los Angeles has to offer.
Some might argue that serving cannabis-infused cocktails might be considered taboo, but Prank Bar is also educating people on its benefits, while showcasing what's possible in terms non-psychoactive cannabis-based infusions.
So, as California gears up for a mainstream cannabis industry, it's clear to see Prank Bar already has a head start.