The Mint

Bar / Live Music Venue / Restaurant
The Mint A revered concert hall since its opening in 1937 - and host over the years to renowned performers from Ray Charles to The Wallflowers - The Mint offers a welcome retreat for people who truly love music, its history, and live... Los Angeles United States 34.0523192 -118.3715964
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The Mint - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Los Angeles.
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Party Earth Review A revered concert hall since its opening in 1937 – and host over the years to renowned performers from Ray Charles to The Wallflowers – The Mint offers a welcome retreat for people who truly love music, its history, and... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 7pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Mint Review

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A revered concert hall since its opening in 1937 - and host over the years to renowned performers from Ray Charles to The Wallflowers - The Mint offers a welcome retreat for people who truly love music, its history, and live...

A revered concert hall since its opening in 1937 – and host over the years to renowned performers from Ray Charles to The Wallflowers – The Mint offers a welcome retreat for people who truly love music, its history, and live performances.

Focused these days on a hybrid of jazz, blues, and country-rock, the space exudes an unusual LA-style honky-tonk speakeasy vibe that appeals to music aficionados of all stripes.

A granite bar in front attracts easygoing young hipsters and aspiring musicians who gather for pre-show drinks beneath the collection of old 45s on the ceiling, while groups of everyday Joes vie for a spot at the tables and leather booths arranged around the small stage.

Backlit paintings of musicians provide most of the light in this cozy room, where the rapt audience generally falls silent once the band begins.

Although The Mint never gets rowdy, it still promises a high-energy night of sociable, appreciative crowds and top-line talent.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you’ve got a big group with you, look into booking the Harry Dean Stanton room next to the stage – just e-mail The Mint at info@themintla.com.

  • Crowd

    Music aficionados, musicians, hipsters, and classic rock fans, mid-20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music every night, featuring New Orleans imports, in addition to roots rock, country, and blues. Check website for current schedule, as well as special promotions for college students and patrons living in the same zip code.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu including chicken wings, crab cakes, taquitos, grilled salmon, jambalaya, and desserts. Two-drink minimum at tables. Valet parking Th–Su and occasionally M, though street parking on Pico is plentiful.

  • Prices

    Tickets $10–$25. Appetizers $8–$11, entrées $10–$17. Beer $4–$6, mixed drinks $7+. Valet $5.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual at the bar and nice casual for dinner: slacks, button-downs, and polos for guys, and nice jeans, t-shirts, and blouses for women.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night a band of interest is scheduled.

  • Close By

    Wonderland Pop Culture Emporium (6006 Pico Boulevard) features an extensive record collection for sale, as well as eight-tracks, classic comic books like “Heavy Metal,” and old concert t-shirts.

The Mint User Reviews

Average rating:
Great little venue
Roxanne P. Feb 19, 2013
I saw Darren Criss perform here a few times in 2010, before his debut on Glee. The first performance was really laid back, and my friend and I easily got a table right next to the stage. The second and third performances were much more crowded, and the only seating was the booths on the sides - the floor in the middle was packed and standing room only. Still, even standing in the back, the place is small enough that it really doesn't matter where you are. I never made it to the bar, but I tried their chocolate cake at the first show and loved it. Street parking was easy to find right around the corner. It's a little too far out of my way to just drop by for random performances, but I would definitely make the effort for someone that I knew.
Cool Venue
Olivia C. Dec 3, 2012
This is definitely not for everyone but if you are a fan of live music and historic buildings this is the place for you. The live performances here are amazing and are perfect for young hipsters looking to have a good time. The staff here was so nice and so attentive. Really good at refilling empty drinks which is one of my pet peeves. I had a really great time and have wanted to go back for a while but have not found the time. If you don’t like crowds you should come here because it never gets too rowdy.
What a gem!
Alexis M. Dec 3, 2012
There was valet parking but street parking was really easy and the area was pretty safe. There were only a few people in line before us so getting in wasn't a problem. Will call went smoothly and the venue, not surprisingly was packed. Drinks were reasonably priced. A really special treat was had for the encore when Tom Jones came out and did 3 or 4 songs. Very cool even though I am not a huge fan of his. it was a really cool venue so I'm glad I finally made it out there. Love the layout and the intimacy. My friend and I snagged a side booth and noshed on the hummus platter. Overall a great place for a comfortable night with friends. It was relatively low key.
Don' Miss tha Mint!
Jessica G. Nov 1, 2012
What a great venue to see talented musicians from all over, for a great price! Nothing is too expensive at the Mint and the sound guy, "Thor" is top notch. It kinda reminds one of the Hotel Cafe - but grittier...... Come spread your indie wings with the eclectic programming and genres of the Mint! They host everything from progro electronico, to bluegrass, jazz is a staple, and Jim Carrie's daughter has been known to perform as well. I've even heard of a secret back room/house where Johnny Depp has been known to chill with fellow musicians and get "inspired"... The cozy setting with booth perimeter wreaks of jazz and blues and the drinks are a reasonable price - decent whiskey selection, but i can't say the same for the beer. The appis are great if you choose to sit, they do eliminate some of the tables for performers known to induce maj rug-cutting. So, if good music at a low-key venue with a good crowd is your style, don't sleep on the Mint. If your from the prestigious music scene of Colorado, this is your jam - you will find like-minded individuals to feed your soul. There is ample street parking and a duct taped limo appearance or two....
Go, Go, Go
Cassie N. Oct 5, 2012
If you haven’t been to The Mint, you should definitely go. It’s not located on Sunset near many of the other clubs in LA and it’s pretty intimate, so be prepared to be up-close and personal with the performers. There are tables and chairs for those who want to eat and drink and don’t mind a two-drink minimum. Otherwise, there is enough room behind the tables near the bar to stand and enjoy the music. The drinks were pretty strong the last time I went, which is a plus if you ask me. Good music and good atmosphere… that’s all you need. Go check it out!
Smokin’ Style
R.D. C. Aug 22, 2012
This landmark spot is a classic nightclub for music fans seeking a seriously good time. Revered artists have taken the stage here as well as Hollywood drop-ins like Johnny Depp, but the intimate room still attracts an eclectic mix of great musicians, from funk to blues. I’ve been surprised by many a memorable show here. Tables invite the audiences to linger, as well as enjoy tapas and, of course, a minty Mojito. The ambiance conjures days when smoke wafted through the air, but now it’s just thick with infectious sounds. Located away from the Hollywood action, The Mint creates its own scene.
Good Place for a Low Key Night
Sara G. Aug 20, 2012
Here is why I like the Mint: -It's rare to find a music venue in this part of town. Yet, it's centrally located. It's nice to have the ability to check out a band in the La Cienega/Pico area. -Parking is a treat. There is also ample street parking. Always. -There are tables. This is a music venue that is ALSO a bar. If you get there and realize you're not into the band, you can still stick around and hang closer to the bar and chat with your friend, without being THAT guy. Also, if it's a band that is more sultry or isn't giving the dance/hoot/holler vibe, you may want to sit. -It's an intimate venue. A great place to see your friend's band. The bartenders are cool.
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