Tale of Two Ceilings / by Eric Beteille

71Above in downtown Los Angeles shows how it spent its money, above, and Avignone's in "downtown" Montrose just shows its money.

Above, Skylounge at 71Above, a high-end cocktail experience on the high end of downtown Los Angeles, California. It offers views from the 71st floor of the US Bank tower, serving $8 oysters, $16 Moscow mules, and $108 shots of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle.  A beehive of architectural interest accents the ceiling for well-heeled patrons below.

Below, Avignone's, a ground-floor dive bar in the middle of suburban Montrose, California. It offers a sliver of window-free darkness between an ice-cream shop and a clothing store, slinging $5 bottled beer and $5 Jack and Diets. No food. Cash only. A blanket of scribbled dollar bills are thumb-tacked to the ceiling for sleepy patrons below.

Bar photos and more on my Instagram feed.