The rush of new Downtown bars continues, with one in a very unexpected place: The Ralphs Fresh Fare supermarket.

Yes, the grocery store at 645 W. Ninth St. now features a bar, dubbed Elevate, which opened last month. Though brighter than many other area drinking spots, the Ralphs wine and beer bar (no hard liquor is served) offers a variety of grapes and suds. Don’t expect full pours, however, as beer servings are limited to eight ounces, and wine tops at four-ounce glasses (but you can ask for a double).

Kendra Doyel, vice president of public affairs for Ralphs Grocery Co., said the store is constantly working to bring innovative shopping experiences to its markets.

“We listen to the needs of the communities we serve and try to make sure we are offering items and experiences that make them want to come back to Ralphs,” she said.

The in-store bar is part of the $2.5 million renovation for the South Park market, which opened in 2007. The renovation, which began in the summer, will also offer an expanded sushi bar, a larger self-check out area and made-to-order pizza and grilled cheese sandwiches. The bar is open every day from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Source: LA Downtown News