Party Earth Review With an entrance down a flight of stairs to the basement of a residential loft building – and marked only by a black door adorned with a brass lion’s-head knocker – The Association is a discreet little hideaway perfect... ... read full review
110 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Red Line: Pershing Square; Purple Line: Pershing Square
M–F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su 7pm–2am
Downtown, Los Angeles –
With an entrance down a flight of stairs to the basement of a residential loft building – and marked only by a black door adorned with a brass lion’s-head knocker – The Association is a discreet little hideaway perfect for furtive meetings and romantic rendezvous.
An understated but stylish décor of glass chandeliers, brown leather Chesterfield banquettes, dark wood tables, and a thick patterned carpet brought in from a Vegas casino creates a sleek and sexy subterranean lounge vibe where fashionable young professionals and upscale hipsters get tipsy and mingle to the tune of DJ-spun retro classics as handsome bartenders behind the long bar serve up specialty cocktails with names like Brown Derby and French 76.
Huge mirrors help friendly patrons on the prowl exchange flirtatious glances, while three semi-private enclaves running the length of the room provide space for boisterous groups to hold court, and several shadowy nooks lend themselves to more intimate conversations.
Once patrons get a few vodka cocktails under their belts, The Association gets plenty loud and impetuous and turns into a buzzing social scene all about making eyes and meeting new people.
Frisky, friendly, well-dressed young professionals, downtown locals, and hipsters, mid-20s to 30s.
Music tends toward retro 80s hits. DJ on weekends.
Small meat and crackers plates. Happy Hour M–F 5–9pm.
Small plates $3. Beer $6+, cocktails $10+.
Jeans and button-downs or slacks and blazers for guys, skirts, dresses, heels, and occasionally jeans for women.
Fridays and Saturdays for the flirtiest and most outgoing crowd.
The speakeasy-themed The Varnish next door (118 East 6th Street) offers some of the most fanciful and creative mixology cocktails in town.