Townhouse + The Del Monte Speakeasy

Historic Bar / Live Music Venue / Speakeasy
Townhouse + The Del Monte Speakeasy Townhouse & The Del Monte Speakeasy is a Venice, LA bar with great drinks, live music, and more. Come sip a few whiskeys with Party Earth Los Angeles. Los Angeles United States 33.987513 -118.472593
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Townhouse + The Del Monte Speakeasy - Historic Bar | Live Music Venue | Speakeasy in Los Angeles.
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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

  • Hours:

    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

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Townhouse + The Del Monte Speakeasy Review

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Townhouse & The Del Monte Speakeasy is a Venice, LA bar with great drinks, live music, and more. Come sip a few whiskeys with Party Earth 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.

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Tip from Jonah:

We all know bars can get hot, but The Del Monte Speakeasy can feel like a sauna with its low ceilings and usually packed house. Leave the jacket at home.

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $0–$5 (Occasional and only for Del Monte). Beer $5–$7, wine $8+, cocktails $10–$12, mixed drinks $8+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to bohemian chic: cargo pants, graphic t-shirts, button-downs, hoodies, beanies, sneakers, fitted jeans, dresses, flats, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    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.

Townhouse + The Del Monte Speakeasy User Reviews

Average rating:
Great place with Good Drinks!
Alicia C. Jun 20, 2013
Townhouse is a great spot for a night out in Venice. Right under the hanging lights of the Venice sign, Townhouse is always busy, but does not require you to wait in line for hours like some other west end joints. You can either party upstairs which is dim lit and has a dance floor, or go downstairs (usually with a cover of around $5-$10 if there is a band) and listen to live music. If you are over 6 feet tall downstairs is not the best option considering the ceiling is extremely low. As many bars in LA are, Townhouse is speak-easy style with bartenders in suspenders mixing up cocktails. I usually go with the moscow mule, but they specialize in whiskey. Overall a great place to grab a drink or go for the night. One tip: Don't wear heavy clothing, it tends to get warm.
Awesome, but depends on the night!
Rachel S. Nov 14, 2012
Love coming here! Really cool atmosphere, crowd and drinks. Sometimes there are some interesting people, but it's in Venice so that is expected. They have an awesome basement with cool performers
Speakeasy is sweet
Natalie M. Aug 21, 2012
I have been here a couple of times, once for a concert, and once on a regular DJ night for a friend's birthday, and have spent both times entirely downstairs in the Speakeasy; the Townhouse seemed pretty empty and populated by an older crowd both times. The time I went for a concert was really cool because I had never heard the band before and they were surprisingly awesome, and it was on the stage down in the Speakeasy. The ceilings down there are very low and it's extremely dark, so it can be hard to find your friends and it gets kinda hot, but the stage is sweet because it's at floor level, so you can stand face to face with the musicians! Also had a lot of fun dancing to the DJ who was great when I went again with friends. Everyone downstairs was around my age so wasn't creeped on by weirdos. We did get yelled at for trying to get onstage with the DJ though so steer clear of that. Drinks are retardedly expensive but what else is new. Drink beforehand, you'll have a grand old time and be that much more excited for the food trucks outside when you leave.
favorite spot in Venice
Emily B. Aug 6, 2012
I've been here several times over the past couple months and can honestly say that this is one of my favorite bars on the Westside. The drinks are all great but I recommend getting anything with whiskey in it because for whatever reason (maybe it's the whole speakeasy vibe) I've noticed that Townhouse does those particularly well. This place gets PACKED on Friday and Saturday night so if you're averse to lines you should make a point to get there before 10pm. The basement is a great dancing spot with booths to sit in if you need to take a break or just want to chat. Townhouse is near the boardwalk in Venice so it's walking distance from lots of other great spots and taco trucks in case you get the drunchies.
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