Party Earth Review Situated on the edge of the gentrified Bunker Hill neighborhood, Redwood Bar and Grill is a hipster oasis and live music venue with a kitschy swashbuckling theme. From the large “X that marks the spot” on the awning to... ... read full review
316 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Red Line: Civic Center; Purple Line: Civic Center
M–F, Su 11am–2am, Sa 5pm–2am
Downtown, Los Angeles –
Situated on the edge of the gentrified Bunker Hill neighborhood, Redwood Bar and Grill is a hipster oasis and live music venue with a kitschy swashbuckling theme.
From the large “X that marks the spot” on the awning to the portholes, sails, and heavy cargo netting inside, the bar clearly spared no expense to create a pirate paradise for its artsy patrons.
A bar festooned with skulls and swords is usually packed with skinny boys and indie rock girls ordering cocktails, while beer-barrel tables and wraparound booths adorned with nautical ropes provide space to munch on fish tacos and contemplate the collection of sea-themed oil paintings, pirate flags, and vintage diving equipment.
Hipsters and music lovers tend to gravitate toward the small stage in the back to rock out to the local indie and punk bands, while those who need a break from the blasting music or simply want to concentrate on their microbrews can hang out in the auxiliary room fitted out with iron bars and fishing paraphernalia.
Loud and usually packed to the rafters with an exuberant young crowd, Redwood can definitely get crazy and is a good bet for those in the market for a new first mate.
Trying to park downtown is always a bad idea, but if you show up just as a show is letting out at the Walt Disney Concert Hall or the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, you might get lucky and find some street parking. Time it right and save that money for an extra round…for someone else – that’s what you get for driving!
Hipsters, artsy types, and music lovers, 21 to 30.
Live music almost every night ranging from indie pop to punk. TVs tuned to sports. Internet jukebox.
Full menu includes standard bar food and Mexican favorites. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.
Cover charge for bands $2–$15. Appetizers $4–$11, salads $8–$9, sandwiches and burgers $8–$13, entrées $9–$12. Beer $2–$6, cocktails $5–$13, mixed drinks $7+.
Hipster chic or completely casual: skinny jeans, leggings, t-shirts, hoodies, sneakers.
Best nights vary depending on the bands, though Fridays and Saturdays are a sure bet for a capacity crowd.
The old Bradbury Building (304 South Broadway) is around the corner. Check it out on part of an architectural tour of Downtown before boozing it up at Redwood.