Party Earth Review Housed in a beautiful industrial space that was once home to a bank, The Otheroom is possibly the most popular bar on Venice’s trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Originally established in New York City, this sophisticated... ... read full review
1201 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Venice, Los Angeles –
Housed in a beautiful industrial space that was once home to a bank, The Otheroom is possibly the most popular bar on Venice’s trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Originally established in New York City, this sophisticated, low-key beer and wine joint prominently displays its roots, from the high pressed-tin ceiling imported from NYC to the east coast transplants that make up most of the staff.
The bar’s cavernous main room features exposed brick walls, billowing white drapes, and a concrete bar backed by an immense chalkboard listing a vast assortment of rare, carefully-selected beers and wines from twenty-three countries.
Alcoves and lounge areas – one of which is built into the former bank vault – provide plenty of velvet seating for the refreshingly eclectic mix of young professionals, local surfers, skaters, beachgoers, and tattooed alternative types, while low window seats in the front room offer a great view of the passersby.
Natural light and a cool sea breeze make for a mellow early evening vibe, but once the sun goes down, The Otheroom becomes one of the darkest bars in town, with only flickering votive candles to light the way for the hip and flirty singles.
Although there is a bouncer and often a line, and though the place is more upscale than most Venice venues, The Otheroom is anything but snooty – so whether patrons are looking to chill out with old friends during the week or mingle with new ones on the weekends, this bar is always a solid option.
A diverse mix of young professionals, alternative types, and neighborhood locals, 20s and 30s.
Indie rock from an iPod playlist. Exhibits of works by local artists.
No food, but patrons may order takeout for delivery to the bar. No hard liquor served.
Beer $6+, wine $8+, sake $9.
Anything goes, including shorts, sandals, and beachwear. The crowd tends to dress better on the weekends when button-downs, jeans, and dresses prevail.
Great choice any night, though really crowded on Fridays and Saturdays. Good year round, but more popular in summer. The bar is especially packed during Abbot Kinney Boulevard’s First Friday events when retailers and art galleries stay open late.
If the line is too long at The Otheroom, patrons can try nearby bar The Brig (1515 Abbot Kinney Boulevard), where there’s rarely a wait to get in.