The Roger Room

Bar / Speakeasy
The Roger Room 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. Los Angeles United States 34.0779611 -118.3764437
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The Roger Room - Bar | Speakeasy in Los Angeles.
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 6pm–2am, Sa 7pm–2am, Su 8pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Roger Room Review

The Scene

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.

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 décor featuring circus-themed photos and painted panels, vintage stained glass accents, and antique wall sconces that throw a red-and-gold glow on the stylish regulars and upscale after-work crowd crammed into the mohair booths.

Playful touches like the pink and orange polka-dot menus – listing the bar’s twenty-six ever-changing seasonal cocktails – add to the carnival-esque atmosphere, as does the mirrored ceiling reflecting all the flirting going on below.

The place is always packed, so patrons will have to elbow their way to the small bar – where mixologists in old-fashioned black vests take their time serving up intricate cocktails complete with signature metal straws – or squeeze past the booths to the elevated section in the back where groups often gather at the tables to enjoy the view of the crowd.

With 60s soul and British rock playing in the background of this mellow conversation spot, The Roger Room’s vibrant and sophisticated vibe and mix of top-notch drinks and laid-back charm is what keeps the young professionals and artsy late-night regulars coming back time and again.

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Tip from Jonah:

You’ve got to try ‘The Thug,’ one of the best drinks in the house. A mix of Maker’s Mark bourbon, honey liqueur, lemon juice, and spicy habanero bitters, it definitely packs a punch.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, hip neighborhood regulars, artistic types, hipsters, and the after-work crowd, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Mix of 60s soul and British rock.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Beer $6+, cocktails $11–$15. Valet $8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Blazers, button-downs, t-shirts, hipster chic, after-work attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays through Saturdays for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    The next-door Largo (366 North La Cienega Boulevard) offers great live music and comedy shows.

The Roger Room User Reviews

Average rating:
Artisinal cocktails served in cozy speakeasy of yesteryear
Cristian I. Mar 28, 2013
The favorite drinking haunt of this native Los Angeleno is The Roger Room. I make it a point to get myself to The Roger Room whenever I am seeing a show at the adjacent Largo Theatre at the Coronet, whenever I am in the general vicinity, or whenever I am just plain thirsty and in need of an old-fashioned whistle-whetting. Like all good speakeasies, it is not easy to find, nor is its location clearly delineated to the passerby or casual observer. Saying you've been is like bragging that you know how to find the place. Once you do, you'll be rewarded by a courteous security staff and friendly and knowledgeable bartenders (I still haven't embraced the term "mixologist" - though that term does apply). There might be beer on tap at The Roger Room, but I would never know. You don't go to a sushi restaurant for a hamburger. You don't go to The Roger Room for a beer. You go to watch the bartenders put on a show of making some of the most beautiful and delicious (and high-priced) cocktails in three counties. The bartender ("mixologist") presentation is part close-up magician theatricality and stagecraft (eg: igniting orange peel shavings into free-form, short-term bursts of flame...) and another part part science (eg: who would think to mix vodka and grapes with basil leaves? Who would think it would be so delicious?) To enhance the experience further, check the Largo website (http://www.largo-la.com/) and plan your trip around the next event of interest that the adjacent theater is having. I find it just makes the experience a little cooler if you can have a drink next to one of your favorite artists from the film, comedy and musical world. Notable sightings at the Roger Room have included: Paul F Tompkins, Nick Kroll, Sarah Silverman, Thomas Lennon... In summation: get thee to The Roger Room - and bring money!
One more for my baby
Jesse C. Mar 20, 2013
I'm not sure who Roger is, but the owners of this swank speakeasy on La Cienega have done him proud. With a carefully curated bar menu that tips its hat to the past while keeping a foot securely in the present (check the spicy habenero bitters in the Thug, an assaultive whiskey-based concoction), The Roger Room is an interesting, unique place that's usually populated by interesting, unique people. Just because the guy next to you at the bar looks like he might have fronted Squirrel Nut Zippers back in the day, don't assume that he's an asshole. Some people just like to live their lives with a little more panache, and that's what The Roger Room is all about.
Intimate Night Out
Carli M. Jan 17, 2013
For those looking to enjoy a night out in a relaxed and laid-back setting, The Roger Room provides the perfect atmosphere. The small, dimly lit bar attracts a sophisticated crowd of trendy regulars. Although the place is always packed with both returning patrons and those exploring for the first time, the line is never overwhelmingly long. Once inside, bar goers can order well-mixed cocktails from a skillfully crafted menu while listening to an eclectic mix of music. I particularly enjoyed the ‘Old Town,’ a rum-based cocktail with hints of mint and cucumber. Visit The Roger Room for an intimate evening of social drinking.
Cool Spot in a Central Part of Town
Sara G. Aug 23, 2012
I really like The Roger Room. As someone who generally isn't into lines, this one is very tolerable. It helps when you know that once you get PAST the door, Roger Room is less about being pretentious and all about just being freaking rad. The venue is small - and when I've been there - sweaty. The booths are filled with small groups of friends or those on dates who wanted one last stop before calling it a night. The crowd is generally good looking, but nothing out of the ordinary from your typical LA bar crowd. The drinks are well mixed and from what I remember, strong. I usually run into someone I know. As was already mentioned, great spot to go after Largo. It's also a very different scene than the Belmont/Spanish Kitchen scene down the street. Come to The Roger Room. You'll like it.
Amazing drinks/Cool door guys
Paul F. Aug 1, 2012
In a city where getting past the door can be like breaking into Fort Knox, it's always a pleasant surprise when the door guys hold you up with a good attitude. Although the wait is never that long at this small rectangular venue, the guys at the door at least treat you like a human being. Once you do get inside, prepare yourself for tight quarters, amazing craft cocktails, and a good looking 20 something crowd on a nearly nightly basis. I'm fortunate enough to live close enough to walk so parking is never an issue, though they do have valet. One of the best ways to enjoy The Roger Room is to see a comedy show next door at The Largo first and then pop in for drinks afterward. Of course if you get really wasted - there is always the strip club across the street.
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