Nestled within SIMONE, the new restaurant from Chef Jessica Largey, Duello is a bar that pays homage to its home in Arts District, from acclaimed Edinburgh barman Iain McPherson. A whimsical, illustrated menu takes guests on a journey through various eras of the Arts District’s history, including a section of wine and sherry-based cocktails honoring its past as a wine producing region in the 1890s, Tiki and sour drinks referencing its citrus farming period in the 1920s, and cocktails inspired by the 1970s artists that gave the neighborhood its name. The final section includes modern drinks with esoteric ingredients and experimental flavor combinations, a tribute to the evolution of the Arts District as a true culinary destination. Duello serves as a distinct element of the restaurant while complementing the experience of SIMONE, offering the full food menu from Chef Largey alongside the beverage menu.
McPherson's Edinburgh bar Panda & Sons was recently ranked #61 among the top 100 bars from The World’s 50 Best.
449 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm – 11:30pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm until late
Sunday 5:30pm – 11:30pm
1) Valet parking is available during business hours.
2) Typical wait time for ride service (Uber, Lyft) is approximately 5-10 minutes.
3) There is very limited street parking on Hewitt and in the surrounding neighborhood.
Iain McPherson — Bar Director
Young cocktail impresario Iain McPherson has progressed from bar back to bar owner in less than a decade. With three successful concepts under his belt in Edinburgh, Scotland, Iain ventures west to open Duello, the bar located within Simone that pays homage to the history of the Arts District. Iain opened his first speakeasy bar, Panda & Sons, at age 27, followed by Hoot the Redeemer in 2015, and Nauticus in 2018. Iain has traveled around the world for cocktail competitions, including a recent trip to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, and Panda & Sons itself has played host to the semi-finals of the Diageo Reserve World Class, one of the industry’s most prestigious cocktail competitions, where Iain advanced to the UK finals in 2013 and 2014. Panda & Sons was nominated as one of the best International High-Volume Cocktail Bar in the 2017 and 2018 Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards and was also recently ranked #61 among the top 100 bars from The World’s 50 Best.
Jordan Egan — Beverage Director
A Chicago native, Beverage Director Jordan Egan fell into the restaurant industry by accident. Armed with a finance degree and preparing for law school, he began working in restaurants and became infatuated with front of house operations. Jordan spent a decade working with esteemed wine programs in Chicago and New York including NoMad, Boka Restaurant Group, and the Michelin-starred RIA at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago. Jordan designed SIMONE’s wine list to complement Chef Largey’s bright, acid-forward flavors. With a penchant for Old World wines, he assembled an expansive list of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner in particular with a focus on Germany and Austria, as well as a deep selection of esoteric varietals that speak to everyone from an entry-level palate to the most well-versed wine drinker. Drawing inspiration from the restaurant’s namesake Simones—Nina and de Beauvoir—Jordan aims to capture the strong-willed nature of the former, and the European sensibility of the latter, through the wine list. In addition to the wine list, he also curates the beer and spirits selection at Simone and Duello.