Party Earth Review A favorite with the locals, The Darkroom is a one-room dive brimming with youthful energy and a fun-loving crowd. As dark as the name suggests, the venue sports a no-frills décor featuring a statue of a smiling... ... read full review
7302 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
M–F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su noon–2am
Melrose, Los Angeles –
A favorite with the locals, The Darkroom is a one-room dive brimming with youthful energy and a fun-loving crowd.
As dark as the name suggests, the venue sports a no-frills décor featuring a statue of a smiling vagabond, which greets the chatty young professionals that set up camp at the bar, not just for first dibs on the cheap drinks, but also to keep an eye on the flat-screen TVs and their steady stream of sports or cult classics.
Early evenings see groups of guys and girlfriends chilling out at tables or in the horseshoe booths in the raised seating area or playing electronic darts in the back. A front patio provides more booths and TVs, not to mention excellent people-watching of the eclectic characters parading up and down Melrose Avenue.
As the evening progresses – especially on the weekends – the low-key atmosphere transforms into a boisterous scene when a mixed horde of tipsy hipsters, regular Joes, and alternative types show up to rub elbows and clink glasses to a soundtrack of rock and roll.
Laid back but buzzing with high-spirited energy, The Darkroom is equally good as the first stop of a night on the town or a place to enjoy a few casual hours of cheap beer and friendly camaraderie.
Young professionals, hipsters, and skaters, late 20s to mid-30s.
Ambient rock music and a jukebox. Electric dartboards. Four indoor and two outdoor flat-screen TVs showing sports and movies.
A full menu of American fusion upscale bar food including mac & cheese bites, sandwiches, burgers, fried chicken, and salmon.
Appetizers $6–$10, entrees $7–$12. Beer $3–$5, wine $5, cocktails $7–$9, mixed drinks $7–$8.
Casual: baseball caps, button-downs, iconic rock and heavy metal t-shirts, jeans, flannels, Chuck Taylors.
Wednesday nights for the crowd of regulars, or Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30pm on for a bustling scene.
Snake Pit Ale House (7529 Melrose Avenue) is a smaller dive bar down the street with a wide draft selection and arcade games.