Party Earth Review Breaking through the stereotypes of the usual dive bar, Mandrake offers a simple but oddly chic hangout for an eclectic crowd of artists, hipsters, and art lovers. A plain “Bar” sign signals what’s to come as patrons step... ... read full review
2692 South La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Tu–Th 5pm–midnight, F–Sa 5pm–1am, Su–M 6pm–midnight
Culver City, Los Angeles –
Breaking through the stereotypes of the usual dive bar, Mandrake offers a simple but oddly chic hangout for an eclectic crowd of artists, hipsters, and art lovers.
A plain “Bar” sign signals what’s to come as patrons step into a shoebox space decked out in retro 70s blonde-wood paneling and containing not much more than a shiny black backlit bar.
Tattooed sculptors in vintage shirts shoot the breeze with well-coifed gallery hoppers and young professionals, while indie rockers and goth girls settle in with their pretzels and cocktails on the lone wooden banquette and its line of tree-trunk tables.
A sign above the DJ says “No Dancing,” but that doesn't always stop the hipper-than-thou's twenty-somethings from shimmying where they stand as cult movies are projected against the black wall behind them.
A hidden alcove with tufted leather booths inevitably attracts newly formed couples sneaking off for some private time, while those looking for a breather or a smoke, elbow their way onto the cramped patio.
Laid-back and sociable, Mandrake offers a well-curated gallery of fun-loving artsy drinkers that will appeal to anyone interested in both the LA art scene and an upbeat evening out.
Hip young professionals, artists, hipsters, indie rockers, and creative types, early 20s to 30s.
Nightly roster of DJs and live music featuring 80s, hip-hop, and country. Check the website for a schedule of events.
Snack menu includes spicy olives, vegetable grape leaves and prosciutto, and a brie and fig sandwich. Happy Hour daily 5–7pm.
Snacks $6–$9. Beer $5+, wine $8+, cocktails 8+.
Hip casual: vintage t-shirts and suits, short-sleeved button-downs, old-school sneakers, thrift store dresses, fedoras, designer casual.
Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds.
Sitting right in the Culver City Arts District, there are myriad galleries to peruse in the area like LAX Art (2640 South La Cienega Boulevard), Blum & Poe (2727 South La Cienega Boulevard), Angles Gallery (2754 South La Cienega Boulevard), amongst others.