Party Earth Review Opened by Italian immigrants in 1915, Townhouse and its basement counterpart The Del Monte Speakeasy have withstood the test of time, and together remain a lively and whiskey-charged Venice destination. During prohibition... ... read full review
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Townhouse: M–Th 5pm–2am, F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su noon–2am
The Del Monte Speakeasy: Select nights/times; check official site for upcoming schedule
Venice, Los Angeles –
Opened by Italian immigrants in 1915, Townhouse and its basement counterpart The Del Monte Speakeasy have withstood the test of time, and together remain a lively and whiskey-charged Venice destination.
During prohibition, the staff at Townhouse smuggled alcohol into the downstairs through underground caves. The secret is long out, but the long and narrow ground floor with its high ceilings and moody red lighting still maintains a sultry vintage air, supported by antique wallpaper and chandeliers that look like fishnet tights.
Bohemians, sandy surfers, and crusty locals spend the evening sipping whiskey cocktails and ruminating as to why anyone would live anywhere but Venice, as grad students crowd around the back drinking beers and getting competitive with a game of pool.
Off the bar is a quieter room for couples to cozy up on leather couches, but the real intimacy is down the pair of steep staircases – each closely monitored by security guards – that lead to The Del Monte.
Low ceilings and a dark musty air enhance the illicit feel of this subterranean den, while a stage plays host to rotating acts like stand-up comedy, burlesque dancers, up-and-coming bands, and guest DJs that get the younger crowd grooving to hip-hop and current radio hits.
It’s no longer against the law to visit Townhouse and The Del Monte Speakeasy, but missing out on this Venice institution would surely be a crime.
Grad students from nearby universities, surfer types who refuse to leave the West Side, hipsters, bohemian creative artists, musicians, and hippy dippy older regulars, mid-20s to mid-30s.
Live acts in a host of genres downstairs in Del Monte, from standup comedy to eclectic bands to burlesque to weekend DJs. Patrons should check the venue’s website for the current lineup. Pool table and a couple flat-screens in Townhouse.
No food served in venue, but food trucks are usually parked outside, and customers can order in as well. Happy Hour M–F 5–7pm. ATM on site.
Cover charge $0–$5 (Occasional and only for Del Monte). Beer $5–$7, wine $8+, cocktails $10–$12, mixed drinks $8+.
Casual to bohemian chic: cargo pants, graphic t-shirts, button-downs, hoodies, beanies, sneakers, fitted jeans, dresses, flats, heels.
Early in the week to sample some whiskey, especially Tuesdays for the special whiskey flights, any time an act of interest is performing downstairs, or Fridays and Saturdays for a mostly younger, energetic crowd that shows up for the DJs.
Danny’s Beach Bistro and Bar (23 Windward Avenue) serves a late-night menu until 2am, with a nice selection of greasy grub to keep away a morning hangover.