The Writer's Room

Lounge / Speakeasy
The Writer's Room The Writer's Room in Hollywood, Los Angeles is a stunning speakeasy with great cocktails, DJs, burlesque, & more. Drink like Hemingway in LA with Party Earth. Los Angeles United States 34.1018304 -118.3354085
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Party Earth Review Formerly the back room of famed restaurant Musso & Frank, where early-century scribes like Hemingway and Fitzgerald sipped swill and poured literary gold into their suds-stained notebooks, The Writer’s Room may be that... ... read full review

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  • Address:

    6685 Hollywood Boulevard
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    (entrance around back)

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  • Metro:

    Red Line: Hollywood / Highland

  • Phone:

    323-491-4148

  • Hours:

    W–Sa 9pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Writer's Room Review

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The Writer's Room in Hollywood, Los Angeles is a stunning speakeasy with great cocktails, DJs, burlesque, & more. Drink like Hemingway in LA with Party Earth.

Formerly the back room of famed restaurant Musso & Frank, where early-century scribes like Hemingway and Fitzgerald sipped swill and poured literary gold into their suds-stained notebooks, The Writer’s Room may be that one Hollywood speakeasy with legit ties to the era it claims to represent.

Sherlockian scenesters know to duck off Hollywood’s bustle and make their way back to the hidden entrance in the alley between Las Palmas and Cherokee Avenue, which leads through a canopied garden dotted with small palms, high-backed couches, and hanging lanterns reminiscent of a corridor to some 18th-century Turkish bath.

But pre-war America is alive and kicking down the grand wooden staircase, which descends into a narrow interior adorned with distressed chandeliers and flanked by dim leather booths and a few scattered portraits of Andy Warhol and Ziggy Stardust.

The bar in the corner – helmed by seasoned mixologists – serves everything from absinthe to cranberry and vodka, and bottle service is available for artsy partiers who want to continue discussing Goethe and Faulkner around a sturdy fifth of Johnnie Walker.

Whether it’s a hip indie DJ or a sultry burlesque dancer tantalizing from her raised stage, entertainment is never lacking, and neither are the crowds of industry folks, actors, and savvy cool cats who pack the thousand-square-foot haunt faster than ol’ Ernest could lay waste to a mojito. The secret may be out at The Writer’s Room, but the golden age is definitely in.

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Tip from Jonah:

Rumors abound that you can duck the line and sneak in via a secret entrance at the back of adjoining Supperclub. Unless it’s a special industry night or you know someone, it’s not happening, so don’t try it unless you’re okay with spending the evening inside a giant, Euro-style dance scene. Oontz! Oontz! Oontz!

  • Crowd

    Arty types, hipsters, indie kids, industry folks, and celebrities, early 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin anything but Top 40. Burlesque shows and special band bookings.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Free mixed nuts and other snacks at the bar. Tables are usually first-come, first-served.

  • Prices

    No cover charge, but it’s still a tough door. Beer $8+, wine 12+, cocktails $12+, table service $250+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Post-modern thinker: horn-rimmed glasses, vests, khakis, oxford shirts, patent leather Mary Janes, vintage broaches, colorblock stripes, merino sweaters.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowds, or earlier in the week for a mellower vibe and the time to jot down a brilliant line of poetry on a cocktail napkin.

  • Close By

    Supperclub (6675 Hollywood Boulevard) next door offers an expansive, mega-club atmosphere and hosts regular headlining DJs and other live entertainment. Power House (1714 North Highland Avenue) is a classic dive bar that keeps the taps flowing and the rock pounding late into the night.

The Writer's Room User Reviews

Average rating:
Exclusivity comes at a price...
Jodie J. Nov 18, 2012
I made my way to the Writer's Room one night as it was the venue of choice for an after party to an event I was attending prior. The room was intimate and dim-lit and just the place you could imagine Hemmingway and Zelda Fitzgerald exchanging witty remarks whilst F.Scott watched on hopelessly. The drinks were expensive ($50 for three vodkas?!) and the atmosphere wasn't exactly enthralling. A turned cheek to smoking made for a relaxed, speak-easy atmosphere as drunkards and happy dancers alike took to the dance floor. For a place with such exclusivity attributed to it, not to mention its reputation as the quintessential 20s hang out, I must say that better nights were had in other places. Ironically, Hemmingways on Hollywood Blvd springs to mind as one such example.
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