Broadway Bar

Bar / Lounge
Broadway Bar Despite a décor so classic and sophisticated that it was chosen as a setting for the show Mad Men, Broadway Bar doesn't shy away from getting down and dirty on the weekends. Los Angeles United States 34.04295 -118.255414
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Party Earth Review Despite a décor so classic and sophisticated that it was chosen as a setting for the show Mad Men, Broadway Bar doesn't shy away from getting down and dirty on the weekends. Rowdy frat boys – oddly juxtaposed against the... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Red Line: 7th Street/Metro Center; Purple Line: 7th Street/Metro Center

  • Phone:

    213-614-9909

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Tu–F 5pm–2am, Sa 8pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Broadway Bar Review

The Scene

Despite a décor so classic and sophisticated that it was chosen as a setting for the show Mad Men, Broadway Bar doesn't shy away from getting down and dirty on the weekends.

Despite a décor so classic and sophisticated that it was chosen as a setting for the show Mad Men, Broadway Bar doesn't shy away from getting down and dirty on the weekends.

Rowdy frat boys – oddly juxtaposed against the elegant circular bar and chandeliers – clamor for the bartender’s attention as they vie for the affections of high-heeled co-eds perched on the leather barstools, while young professionals bump and grind with their conquests and their tequila to the DJ’s pounding mix of modern dance hits and vintage funk.

A balcony provides a place to take a breather, chat up a new acquaintance, and check out the mass of throbbing partiers below, while a downstairs patio attracts smokers and one-night hook-ups exchanging phone numbers.

Although patrons who prefer a mellower night out can stop in during the week to chat with laid-back locals, the real draw at Broadway Bar is the raucous weekend scene when the place is packed to the rafters with singles on the prowl.

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Tip from Lucas:

Parking in downtown is notoriously bad. But there’s a great lot just east of Broadway on 9th Street with 24-hour security and a flat rate that’s usually around $5.

  • Crowd

    Recent college grads, singles, and young professionals on weekends; laid-back downtown locals on weeknights, mostly 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin Top 40, dance, alternative, 80s, 90s, and hip-hop Tuesdays through Saturdays. Theme nights include Jazz Tonic on Wednesdays, vintage reggae and soul on Broader Than Broadway on Thursdays, and Funkbeat on Fridays for old-school soul, funk, and 80s remixes. Frequent guest DJs.

    Check www.213nightlifecalendar.com for schedule of theme nights, DJs, and special events.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour Tu 5pm–2am, W–F 5–7pm. Parking lot next door.

  • Prices

    Beer $6+, wine $6+/glass, cocktails $7+, shots $8. Parking $5–$20 depending on concerts at the Orpheum Theatre next door.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual on weeknights: nice tops and jeans. Dressier on weekends: club wear, jeans and heels, button-downs, stylish t-shirts. Dress code: no shorts, flip-flops, hoodies, baggy clothes, or athletic gear.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays for the Broader Than Broadway ladies’ night, or Fridays and Saturdays for a sexy singles scene.

  • Close By

    Golden Gopher (417 West 8th Street) is only a short walk away and offers cheap, strong drinks and a rowdy crowd.

Broadway Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Go in prepared.
Laramie M. Aug 9, 2013
Most people go to Broadway Bar to say they've been to Broadway Bar. It's the type of place that has an air of sophistication and a lot of history. It's one of those places you talk about going to, plan a weekend to go, and, when you get there, make sure you're seen. It doesn't have the strictest dress code, but you should go dressed like you would for a club. It just feels better when you match the decor of the place you're drinking. Which, at this place, is pretty good. The service here is not necessarily bad, but it is crowded. There are two bars one upstairs and one downstairs, and the service time is consistently slow at both. Be prepared for long wait times between drinks and make sure to bust out all your tricks to ensure you get served quickly (introduce yourself to the bartender, tip well, etc...). Both upstairs and downstairs tend to have dancing, but the bottom floor is definitely where you should be if you're looking to dance. The upper floor is more of a lounge, complete with a smoking balcony. If you go in with reasonable expectations, you'll have a good time. Broadway Bar is worth a visit, but it's not somewhere you go every weekend for a guaranteed good time.
bad service
Gor G. Jun 7, 2013
v\\\\Ridiculous service! My sister and gf asked for an LA water but were sort of baffled by the drink they got. Obviously, if you've ordered a drink more than once you have an idea of what its supposed to look and taste like. So they politely asked the bartender girl what she had made, and told her that it might be missing something. This bartender, a blonde, snobby white girl, says she made the drinks they ordered. When they ask her to pour in blue curacao, she spills the liquor on both my gf and sister's hand and sarcastically says she's sorry. I guess she was offended that they questioned her but we were paying customers so at least make an effort to accomadate. We were there early in the night so it wasn't as if it was busy either. We paid for our drinks but didn't feel the need to tip after such horrible service. She checks for a tip and rudely exclaims "unbelievable" and then goes over to her bartending mate and points us out. After that, only one other bartender came over once to take our order. The rest of the night turned out decent after we were served by another bartender doing his job right (he did get his tip). What's "unbelievable" to me is how someone can give such awful service and expect to get a tip after. No one should have to experience that when they're out trying to give someone their business. Pretty unfortunate because the place itself was nice and we did have a good time upstairs, but I won't want to go back to a place where they'll allow that type of shit to go down. It's LA, there's lots of other places for drinks and music. I'm willing to pay LA prices but I'll have to do that elsewhere, because I'm not willing to do it at this mockery of a place.
A Piece of History
D1ΔИΔ Ø. Oct 5, 2012
This place is actually the oldest running licensed bar in Downtown LA! Who would have thought? Anyway, the decor here is gorgeous. From the circle bar downstairs, to the old paintings on the wall, the dim lights and the beautiful staircase. The crowd here depends on the time and day. I've been here on weeknights during rush hour, and usually find there is an older more relaxed crowd, mainly white collar colleagues; then there are times like friday nights when you have a huge crowd of twenty something year olds. The service here is a hit or a miss for me, but to be honest I really don't care about it so long as I'm with good company. It's not a dive bar, so don't expect cheap drinks and cheap prices. Keep in mind, if you're looking to get shit faced, the walk downstairs will not be fun; the ironic part is that the more mellow crowd is downstairs and upstairs is where people let loose!
Upstairs Is The Place To Be
Victor H. Sep 27, 2012
Walking into this Broadwar Bar you're met with a staircase that leads to the second floor (more on that later) and a big circular bar crowded by people looking to get their liquor fix. The bar can get crowded and ordering a drink may take a while specially since every time I go they seem to have 2 bartenders despite the relatively large size of the bar and amount of people surrounding it. Next to one side of the bar is a patio and on the opposite side are some large couches next to the DJ booth. The DJ tends to spin a good mix of music that will get you in the mood to dance. Walking up to the second floor you'll find a louder crowd and maybe some people dancing. This place is a lot smaller and tends to get crowded. It also has its own bar and patio. The bar itself is very small but sometimes I feel like I'm able to get a drink faster upstairs then downstairs. This is also probably why I usually find the crazier, rowdier, wilder crowd. I saw a dance off one time. People were doing the worm and other dance moves with names I don't even know.
A Decent Little Venue
Shannon T. Sep 5, 2012
Those who aren’t attention hungry, who don’t prefer the egos, the pounds of make-up, or the posh of Hollywood, will find refuge in Downtown Los Angeles. Broadway Bar draws a young and mellow crowd that is seeking social interaction or a genuinely good time on the dance floor. The location feels seemingly random, as it pops up on an ill lit street of Downtown LA but the interior compensates for the somewhat sketch perimeter as it is decorated with paintings, statuettes and furnishings that alludes to a baroque classical period. The bar is two stories, bringing breath to an otherwise small venue. The DJs featured here are usually fairly serious about their craft--those who like good music will not be disappointed. The main dance floor is on the bottom level, but people here aren’t concerned about rules or an image and will dance freely throughout the venue. Broadway Bar is at it best when it is hosting a thematic night. Prom Night for example, invites people to be playful and nostalgic while dressed in the formal attire which is probably rotting away in the back of a closet. People are not required to dress up to get in, but doing so adds to the excitement of the evening. There are times when Broadway Bar can be a hit or miss. There are nights where there is a small line outside the door, and there are times when the bar can seem practically vacant. A goodtime depends entirely on the mindset of the people who are going.
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