Party Earth Review Serious drinkers will want to make a beeline for Golden Gopher, a lively bar whose liquor-to-go booth offers still-thirsty patrons full bottles of spirits, six packs of beer, and boxes of condoms for purchase on their... ... read full review
417 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Red Line: 7th Street/Metro Center; Purple Line: 7th Street/Metro Center
Sa–W 8pm–2am, Th–F 5pm–2am
Downtown, Los Angeles –
Serious drinkers will want to make a beeline for Golden Gopher, a lively bar whose liquor-to-go booth offers still-thirsty patrons full bottles of spirits, six packs of beer, and boxes of condoms for purchase on their way out.
Popular with a diverse downtown clientele, the venue’s open layout gets packed elbow to elbow with drunken singles, making it a prime spot for meeting other party-minded people, or for squeezing into one of the large horseshoe booths to pound a few with friends.
Plush upholstered banquettes and ottomans, mirrored columns, and crystal chandeliers create an agreeable atmosphere for Happy Hour drinks and conversation, while later on, the small booths on the patio offer a refuge, albeit a smoky one, from the free-for-all of young professionals and post-grads that stream in for a night of drunken debates and heavy flirting around the gilded gopher lamps.
Usually packed to the rafters with an outgoing crowd by 11pm, Golden Gopher exudes both a casual neighborhood vibe perfect for friendly competition over the vintage table-top video games, as well as a hard-partying scene made for flirting to the beat of jukebox tunes as classic as the pick-up lines.
Friendly and ethnically diverse mix of downtown young professionals, college students, singles, and blue-collar types, 21 to 35.
A jukebox provides a great selection of both classic and modern rock favorites. Vintage table-top video games including Ms. Pac-Man, Asteroids, and Centipede. Pool table.
Happy Hour 5–8pm Th–F and all night Su–M. BYOiPod night on Tuesdays features playlists provided by patrons.
Beer $6–$20, mixed drinks $7+.
Untucked polos and button-downs with jeans for the guys, short dresses, tight blouses, and jeans for the girls. No shorts, flip-flops, baseball hats, or athletic wear allowed.
Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest and most boisterous crowds. Second Thursdays of the month when Downtown Art Walk patrons end their evenings at the Gopher.
For an equally rowdy singles spot, Broadway Bar (830 South Broadway) is a short walk away to grab another cocktail.