Party Earth Review Patrons looking for a ticket to another reality should head straight to the Cuban rum and cigar bar La Descarga, a Latin-flavored Narnia for sophisticated adults who haven’t lost their imaginations. On most... ... read full review
1159 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Hollywood, Los Angeles –
Patrons looking for a ticket to another reality should head straight to the Cuban rum and cigar bar La Descarga, a Latin-flavored Narnia for sophisticated adults who haven’t lost their imaginations.
On most nights, the well-dressed crowd of international sophisticates, hipsters, and professionals waits with breathless anticipation to be led up to the slinky receptionist, who checks them off and then, with dramatic flair, opens an armoire, parts the clothing, and waves guests through to the other side.
After making their way past a metal walkway and down a spiral staircase, patrons find themselves in a sultry room reminiscent of pre-Castro Havana, where fashionable young professionals and artsy types mix and mingle by the seductive light of ornate wall sconces and stained glass lamps, or shake their hips to the beat of the three-piece Cuban band playing on the balcony above.
The lively bar is the focal point for the diverse clients, who line up along the marble countertop to sip signature daiquiris and peruse the variety of rums displayed on tall oak arches.
Those who show up with a group can grab one of the cushy booths, a prime spot for watching the burlesque dancer’s nightly bar-top fire dance, while patrons in need of fresh air can step out to the cool refuge of the patio to enjoy rum flights and Dominican cigars.
More an experience than just another bar, La Descarga offers a unique escape for stylish night owls in search of an enchanted world to call their own.
Cuban music lovers, young professionals, hipsters, cultured and artistic types, cigar enthusiasts, and internationals, 20s to 50s.
Burlesque and music shows nightly at 10pm, 11pm, midnight, and 1am. Three-piece Cuban band.
Cigar bar with Payne-Mason Cigars. Reservations highly recommended throughout the week and required on Fridays and Saturdays for tables and standing room.
Cigars $15–$25. Beer $6+, wine $7+, cocktails $11+, rum $15+. Valet $8.
Men in button-downs and slacks or even vintage suits, women dressed to impress. Dress code enforced: No sneakers, T-shirts, polo shirts, flannel shirts, or hoodies.
Every night it's open, but Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest.