Party Earth Review Not many positive things happen in back alleys in Hollywood, which makes Hotel Café and its lineup of up-and-coming singer/songwriters a welcome exception. A base for such musicians as Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson... ... read full review
1623 1/2 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Red Line: Hollywood/Vine
Daily 7pm–2am depending on show schedule
Hollywood, Los Angeles –
Not many positive things happen in back alleys in Hollywood, which makes Hotel Café and its lineup of up-and-coming singer/songwriters a welcome exception.
A base for such musicians as Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, the venue has also seen the likes of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Adele, and Mumford & Sons, who have all dropped in to play intimate sets for the crowd of music lovers.
Hipsters and fans who slide past the bouncer will find themselves in a parlor-style foyer with scattered candlelit tables and a dark alcove lined with leather couches, usually filled with conversing couples on pre-show dates.
Stylish patrons meet up for drinks at the bar before heading through the doors in back to the main concert room, where in-the-know scenesters gather around a second bar to chat enthusiastically about their favorite unsigned acts.
The expanded stage accommodates all-sized bands, and is perfect for the four or five acts the animated audience sings along to every night.
Laid back and friendly, Hotel Café stays lively between sets and after the show as musicians, wannabes, and trendy Hollywood-ites carry on drinking and flirting until the early hours.
Hip music fans, music scenesters, and dressed-up hipsters, 20s to 30s.
Multiple live acts nightly, mostly indie singer/songwriters. The monthly Tongue and Groove features spoken word and music. Songwriters Sundays include a full lineup of indie artists. Check the website for a calendar of events.
Menu of panini, salads, appetizers, and desserts.
Tickets $8–$20. Menu $7–$10. Beer $5–$7, wine $7, mixed drinks $8+. Valet $8+.
Women in casual dresses, men in band t-shirts or untucked button-downs and nice jeans.
Depends on the concert calendar, but Friday and Saturday nights are usually a good bet for bigger crowds.
Piano Bar (6429 Selma Avenue) around the corner offers more live music without the ticket prices.