The Brig

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The Brig "A quintessential Venice bar, The Brig has been a cornerstone of the hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard for over sixty years._x000D_ Los Angeles United States 33.990374 -118.464081
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Party Earth Review A quintessential Venice bar, The Brig has been a cornerstone of the hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard for over sixty years. A dive bar for its first five decades, the venue underwent a swanky makeover in the late 90s, garnering... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 6pm–2am, F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su noon–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Brig Review

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"A quintessential Venice bar, The Brig has been a cornerstone of the hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard for over sixty years._x000D_

A quintessential Venice bar, The Brig has been a cornerstone of the hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard for over sixty years.

A dive bar for its first five decades, the venue underwent a swanky makeover in the late 90s, garnering several architecture and design awards in the process.

The result is a peculiar mix of retro and futuristic elements, with mod, faux-vintage 50s furniture and a bright orange wall juxtaposed with Jetsons-style curved table surfaces, textured metallic walls, and dangling orange sphere lights.

An unusually diverse crowd of raucous, earthy hipsters sporting hats and beards, tanned beachgoers in their summer best, and buttoned-up young professionals crams into this narrow rectangular space to flirt with strangers and nod their heads to the beat of funky indie tunes.

A long bar on one wall provides a lively place to meet new people, while the raised pool table area in the back corner draws a crowd of spectators who lounge on silver leather benches. Guests in the mood for a quieter evening can head to the alcoves on either side of the entrance to sink into low leather chairs around mirrored tables.

History buffs should make their way to the hidden hallway behind the restrooms, where vintage black-and-white boxer portraits – along with the boxer on the bar’s sign – pay homage to the original owner of the bar, a 1930s Golden Gloves fighter.

For loud but laid-back fun with an unpretentious singles crowd ready to meet and mingle, it’s hard to beat an evening at The Brig.

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Tip from Jonah:

Make sure you check out the monthly First Friday event on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. A slew of art galleries stay open late, serve up some free wine, and have live music. Hit up one of the nouveau food trucks in The Brig’s parking lot for anything from Korean BBQ tacos to short rib grilled cheese and ice cream sandwiches.

  • Crowd

    Big singles scene of down-to-earth Venice locals and Westside hipsters, 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Tuesdays feature live music by the funk/soul band The Back of the Hand All-Stars. DJs spin on some nights. Pool table and jukebox.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food served in the venue, but there’s usually a food truck parked in the lot outside. Check the website for details. Free parking on weekdays, valet parking on weekends.

  • Prices

    Beer $4–$10, cocktails $6–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes. No dress code. T-shirts abound.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for the live band and Fridays and Saturdays for big crowds.

  • Close By

    The Otheroom (1201 Abbot Kinney Boulevard) is another lively but low-key bar within walking distance.

The Brig User Reviews

Average rating:
Off night
Julie T. Dec 9, 2012
I've so far only gone once on a Thursday night and I guess it was an off night. I've heard that the place is really fun on the weekend like how it is on Main on Main, there would be a crowded dance floor with young faces having the time of their lives. So I guess my rating only pertains more specifically to an off night. The place itself is pretty cool in terms of ambiance, there is a pool table and I thought the bathrooms were really unique and weird in a good way? The patrons on the Thursday were older and awkward dancers haha and the drinks weren't cheap enough for me to want to buy something and people watch.
A lot of fun!
Rachel S. Nov 14, 2012
Went here last weekend on a saturday. So much fun, good drinks and cool crowd. Love the location. The music is hip hop and they play what you want to hear!
Great Place!
George Q. Sep 11, 2012
I went to the Brig with some friends on Sunday. It was a slow night, but the few patrons and the bartender maintained a nice up beat vibe, which led to a great night. The place itself is pretty cool, very spread out and dimly lit.The music is alright and there are a few TVs with games on. Again the staff is very friendly, and the drinks are reasonable. My overall impression was good and I'll definitely be visiting again!
good DJ, weird crowd
Natalie M. Aug 21, 2012
Depending on your taste in music, this may or may not be the place for you. The ambiance is pretty cool, it's pretty dark inside and most people seem to be an out-of-college crowd. Drinks aren't too expensive, and I had a great time because the DJ played tons of rap! And not Top-40 crap, like actual old-school Biggie/Tupac/even some Mac Dre! Crowd is a little weird though... some late 30s business type guys were definitely hitting on me and my girlfriends, and there was a very inebriated 50-something year-old woman breaking it down on the dance floor who I felt almost sorry for because guys kept pretending to dance with her and laughing at her.. I've been a few times and while the music is always good, we never end up staying for very long.
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