Drawing Room

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Drawing Room Drawing Room in Los Feliz, Los Angeles is a classic dive with cheap drinks & zero pretension. Make Happy Hour any hour in LA with Party Earth. Los Angeles United States 34.103792 -118.287048
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Party Earth Review Inconspicuously tucked into a tiny strip mall, Drawing Room is sure to please any lover of that holy sanctuary known simply as the American dive. Considering the lack of windows, a welcome sense of intimacy – and stumble... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Red Line: Vermont/Sunset

  • Phone:

    323-665-0135

  • Hours:

    Daily 6am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Drawing Room Review

The Scene

Drawing Room in Los Feliz, Los Angeles is a classic dive with cheap drinks & zero pretension. Make Happy Hour any hour in LA with Party Earth.

Inconspicuously tucked into a tiny strip mall, Drawing Room is sure to please any lover of that holy sanctuary known simply as the American dive.

Considering the lack of windows, a welcome sense of intimacy – and stumble-inducing darkness – starts at the door. Red string lights glow over the bar that runs down one side, while a short chain of booths backed by an Oriental-themed dragon mural lines the opposing wall.

Although Los Feliz has grown into a sceney hotspot, the clientele here comes in all shapes and sizes, from armchair quarterbacks clapping to the game on TV, to young couples pinching their pennies after buying a house in the neighborhood, to a smattering of fedora-wearing cool kids and old drunks who have been planted on the same stool for who knows how long.

The jukebox in back features lots of reggae, Motown, and indie – and, it’s safe to say, a complete lack of clubby chart toppers – while a dartboard gets solid use by after-work pals blowing off steam amid sips of cheap beer and rails, all for $5.

Throwing sharp objects might prove difficult come Fridays, however, when the joint’s laid-back vibe washes away amid a flood of hipsters, alkies, and boisterous locals who “loved Los Feliz before it was cool.”

Kind of like Drawing Room: zero pretense, zero mixology, and zero attempts to be anything that it’s not.

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Tip from Jonah:

Watch your step coming out! The sidewalk abuts the parking lot and drops quickly onto a concrete parking bumper, which can prove a serious ankle-buster after a few too many $5 vodka gimlets.

  • Crowd

    Day drinkers, casual after-work locals, hipsters, sports fans, barhoppers, budget-minded college kids, and Charles Bukowksi lookalikes, 20s to 30s at night, late 20s to 50s+ by day.

  • Entertainment / Music

    CD-only Jukebox features a diverse mix of old-school rock, punk, classic hip-hop, Motown, blues, indie darlings, and anything else that probably hasn’t seen a lot of radio play (at least not in this decade). Past patrons have also provided their own CD “mixtapes.”

    Dartboard.

    Three TVs usually tuned to ESPN or local sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Happy Hour M–Th 6am–noon and 4–6pm, and $3.50 PBR 6–9pm.

    Cash only. ATM on site.

  • Prices

    Beer $3–$5, wine $5, rails $5.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, shorts, jeans, flip-flops, tank tops, sweaters, anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays for the last chance to grab Happy Hour prices and start the weekend early, Fridays and Saturdays for a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd, or early in the week to share a drink with a guy who has lots of stories that begin with, “Back in my day…”

  • Close By

    Ye Rustic Inn (1831 Hillhurst Avenue) just up the street is also a dive in a strip mall, has similar prices, and caters to a similar – though usually larger – crowd.

Drawing Room User Reviews

Average rating:
Solid low-key dive bar
Brett C. Jan 14, 2013
Drawing Room is a solid place to grab a drink, but it’s ultimately nothing special. I went out for drinks on Saturday night, and Drawing Room was our first stop. It feels like a non-descript neighborhood bar, similar to local dives that I’ve been to in Chicago, with a long bar along one wall and a row of booths lining the wall opposite the bar. There were a few TVs all showing various ESPN channels and an unoccupied dartboard in the back. We managed to grab the last of the bar stools when we arrived around 9:45, but the crowd fluctuated steadily through the night, and it definitely didn't feel too crowded for a Saturday night. Ask what the drink specials are, as we had $4 Sailor Jerry drinks that weren’t advertised. The drinks were on the strong side, and the bartender was attentive, checking on us whenever our glasses were empty. Drawing Room also has a nice bottled beer selection (no taps) for a dive, with the likes of Newcastle, Red Stripe, and Stella along with the usual PBR and Bud/Miller/Coors. The music was solid, but ultimately not memorable. Both the bartenders and other patrons were friendly, and we struck up a couple of random conversations while we were there. Check out Drawing Room for a low-key night of cheap drinks and good conversations, but if you’re looking for a more lively drinking hall, look elsewhere.
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