Party Earth Review A small bar specializing in the agave-powered greatness of mezcal, Las Perlas features a menu centered on this Oaxacan favorite, from rare “mezcaleros” meant to be sipped slowly, to intricate fruity cocktails meant to... ... read full review
107 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Red, Purple Lines: Pershing Square
M–F 7pm–2am, Sa–Su 8pm–2am
Downtown, Los Angeles –
A small bar specializing in the agave-powered greatness of mezcal, Las Perlas features a menu centered on this Oaxacan favorite, from rare “mezcaleros” meant to be sipped slowly, to intricate fruity cocktails meant to be guzzled by the gallon as well as a long list of tequila, which is actually a form of mezcal.
A hybrid of upscale Mexican drinking den and classic speakeasy, the décor consists of lime-hued lighting and low metal stools punctuated by earth-toned ceilings and long shelves of vintage bottles hung just high enough that groups of post-grads don’t get any ideas after downing too many jalapeño- and chili-based Spiced Daisy margaritas.
Well-dressed office types and mezcal purists take over the colorful plaid-topped tables to sample new varietals paired with draft beer, as younger party types sweeten their night with drinks with fancy ingredients – like muddled berries, bacon bitters, and ginger syrup – before hitting the Downtown clubs.
Except for the occasional rowdiness at the lone pool table, the venue tends to be a relaxed haunt, though couples looking to escape the noise of the jukebox or weekend DJs can always sneak out to the street-side patio to watch the traffic buzz by.
There’s a saying in Mexico – “For everything bad, mezcal; and for everything good, too” – and Las Perlas surely prompts a lot of Angelinos to say the same thing.
University students, young Downtown professionals, creative types, hipsters, older daily regulars, and mezcal purists, early 20s to late 30s+.
Jukebox stocked with standard tunes. Japanese DJ Kapsoul spins classic vinyl on Friday nights, and Darren Revell of Big Sonic Heaven fame spins on Saturdays. TV tuned to sports. Pool table.
No food but patrons can bring in outside food. ATM on site. Happy Hour M 7pm–2am, Tu–F 7–8pm.
Beer $5–$14, cocktails $9–$13, tequila $5–$95.
Business casual to trendy: jeans, t-shirts, button-downs, flats, flirty tops.
Monday for the all-night Happy Hour, early in the week for playing pool and chilling with the regulars, or Saturday nights to party with a hip and discerning pre-game crowd.
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