Party Earth Review Despite its location in the sparsely populated Industrial District by the LA River, the unique Villains Tavern manages to pull in a steady and diverse crowd from all over the city. An ornamental spear-topped fence and... ... read full review
1356 Palmetto Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tu 7pm–2am, W–Sa 5:30pm–2am
Downtown, Los Angeles –
Despite its location in the sparsely populated Industrial District by the LA River, the unique Villains Tavern manages to pull in a steady and diverse crowd from all over the city.
An ornamental spear-topped fence and glass wall fashioned of colorful apothecary bottles welcome patrons to the bi-level lair, where fun-loving hipsters and well-dressed young professionals gather to chat in front of a gothic cathedral mirror, or clamor around the bar where mixologists serve up creative cocktails in Mason jars.
Old chandeliers topped with stuffed crows add to the eclectic charm, while comic book collectors will appreciate drinks with names like Stan Lee and the poisonous Belladonna.
Mingling singles can engage in a playful game of “guess the famous villains” portrayed in the paintings behind the bar, or head upstairs to relax on vintage leather sofas lit by antique floor lamps.
One of the biggest draws, however, is the nightly live music scene when the patio stage hosts bands playing everything from bluegrass and jazz to swing.
Easygoing but with just the right touch of edge, Villains creates a hip and welcoming vibe that keeps the loyal crowds trekking out night after night.
While the bar’s advertised days are Wednesdays through Saturdays, the Tavern also opens on Tuesdays for the neighborhood locals. Show up early and take advantage of the half-price cocktails and mouthwatering meatballs from Great Balls on Tires, a food truck that sets up shop in the parking lot.
Eclectic and unpretentious mix of young professionals, hipsters, artists, and musicians, mid-20s to 30s.
Live entertainment on the patio from 9:30/10pm, featuring Really Dirty Blues on Wednesdays, 1920s/30s Vintage Americana on Thursdays, Swing and Jazz on Fridays, and Bluegrass on Saturdays. Ambient music inside.
Bar food, salads, and burgers served until 11pm.
Snacks $5–$6, salads $7–$11, entrées $8–$14. Beer $3–$24, mix-and-match beer and shots $8, cocktails $11–$13.
Almost anything goes: flannel, vests, t-shirts, faded jeans, ties, fedoras, dresses and heels, and vintage suit jackets. Strict dress code means no sports jerseys or team colors.
Any night for a full-blown social scene, Thursday nights for the two female bands performing Vintage Americana, and Fridays and Saturdays for a good live music crowd. Schedules are subject to change, but the website is updated weekly.