Reviewed by Blake F.
"So I came here to meet some friends. We were just going to have a few drinks and catch up. Ended up playing bingo all night long and catching up bette ..." more
3331 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Bar / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review Marked only by a small drawing of a cocktail, the discreet entrance to The Varnish at the back of Cole’s restaurant lends an air of secrecy and forbidden frolicking to this updated speakeasy in downtown LA. A tiny one-room haven catering to a clientele of cool east-siders, after-work types, and loyal regulars, the venue ... more
118 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Lounge / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review Hidden from the street down a dim alleyway, Seventy7 exudes a speakeasy vibe from the minute patrons step through the inconspicuous door until the last drop from the absinthe fountain has trickled down their throats. Part of the ongoing expansion of Culver City’s nightlife, the upscale lounge caters to a refined mix of ... more
3843 Main Street
Culver City, CA 90232
Reviewed by Brett C.
"My Take: I went to The Black Cat last week at the end of a night of bar-hopping and could not have been happier with this last stop of the night. We f ..." more
3909 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Bar / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review Bright neon signage from an old psychic parlor is the only thing that marks the entrance to The Roger Room, an intimate modern speakeasy where a cool and artsy clientele gathers for delicious artisanal cocktails. Just beyond the dark curtains, patrons will find a dim one-room bar with a turn-of-the-century dé ... more
370 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Party Earth Review Buried beneath the beautiful mansion/event space The Victorian, Basement Tavern is a casual speakeasy, so hidden that visitors would have to be profoundly lost to stumble upon it. In-the-know patrons proceed around back, through a wooden doorway, past an open kitchen, and finally down two flights of stairs before ... more
2640 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Restaurant / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review Situated next to the popular and über-casual Hollywood Corner restaurant, speakeasy Next Door Lounge can usually be spotted by its distinguished gentleman host, whose white-gloved hand runs down reservation lists (highly recommended), checks passwords (required), and ushers guests in through expansive double doors ... more
1154 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Historic Bar / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review Opened by Italian immigrants in 1915, Townhouse and its basement counterpart The Del Monte Speakeasy have withstood the test of time, and together remain a lively and whiskey-charged Venice destination. During prohibition, the staff at Townhouse smuggled alcohol into the downstairs through underground caves. The secret ... more
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Lounge / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review Formerly the back room of famed restaurant Musso & Frank, where early-century scribes like Hemingway and Fitzgerald sipped swill and poured literary gold into their suds-stained notebooks, The Writer’s Room may be that one Hollywood speakeasy with legit ties to the era it claims to represent. Sherlockian scenesters know ... more
6685 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
(entrance around back)
LA isn’t short on see-and-be-seen hotspots, but for those of us who want something a little more hidden and a little more refined, it’s time to hunt down a Los Angeles speakeasy.
Marked only by a small drawing of a cocktail, the discreet entrance to The Varnish at the back of Cole’s restaurant lends an air of secrecy and forbidden frolicking to this updated speakeasy in downtown LA, though its lack of signage doesn’t prevent the venue from quickly reaching its paltry fifty-person capacity practically every night.
The bright neon sign that marks the entrance to The Roger Room in Beverly Grove is certainly easier to see, except the sign is from an old psychic parlor, not a bar, and inside lies a modern speakeasy where a cool and artsy clientele gathers for delicious artisanal cocktails.
Townhouse and its basement counterpart The Del Monte Speakeasy, meanwhile, have withstood the test of time – in operation since 1915 to be exact – and together remain a lively and whiskey-charged Venice destination.
It seems that most neighborhoods in Los Angeles offer a speakeasy or two for you to find. Even tucked away in ritzy Santa Monica, buried beneath a beautiful mansion, Basement Tavern is a casual speakeasy that’s so hidden visitors would have to be profoundly lost to stumble upon it. There probably isn’t a better excuse to get lost than hunting for speakeasies in Los Angeles!