One of East Hollywood’s best kept secrets, La Descarga is a sultry bar and lounge steeped in Cuban themes, cigars and spirits. Once through the discreet entrance and down the spiral staircase, you are propelled into a Havana club, complete with dapper bartenders slinging the best rum cocktails in town. There’s also a cigar area, where unhurried patrons lounge with Cuban cigars into the wee hours of the night. Be advised that the club gets crazy crowded on some nights, so if you're coming with a group on a busier evening, you might want to consider opting for bottle service.
R Bar is one of LA's favorite speakeasy-style bars, complete with password entry. If you're looking for a bit of a clandestine night out, get dressed up and head to Koreatown. The bartenders mix up delectable cocktails and pour a great selection of craft beers, so it's perfect for anyone's taste. Pick a few songs on the jukebox and settle in for a fun time.
Come here to unwind! Father's Office is known around the world for its expertly assembled gourmet cheeseburgers and its impressive drought beer selection. The beers are cold and the award-winning burgers are hefty. Those craving something less substantial can opt for delicious tapas, skewers or the popular sweet potato fries. The interior is unpretentious, with hardwood floors and petite tables that are conducive to conversation. So order an award wining local craft beer and relax!
Rusty's Rhythm Club offers weekly swing dances weekly at the Elk's Lodge in the Playa Del Rey suburb of Los Angeles. All ages welcome and a full bar, Rusty's dances take place each Wednesday and the first Friday of the month. Beginners can partake in a quick 30 minute dance lesson at the beginning of the session, while seasoned dancers can brush up on their skills. All dances feature live music by local swing bands.
As soon as you'll step into The Falls cozy atmosphere and laid back charm of the place will make you feel right at home. The lovely wooden log covered walls and the unique chandelier hanging over the bar adds to the appeal of this watering hole. Order from the delicious list of cocktails, The Modesto or The Hunter maybe, to help you relax and enjoy the peppy music brought to you by the talented DJs or the lively bands and karaoke on Sundays. The bar is spacious enough to host private parties of 15 and above; can you say Oscar viewing party?
This hot downtown bar is modeled after a speakeasy, with the entrance behind a secret door in Cole's restaurant. Order a cocktail or ask the mixologists at the bar to fix you something with your favorite alcohol or flavors. The bar gets crowded, especially on weekends, so it's best not to come with a large group if you're looking to find a table. Drink prices are somewhat high but so is the alcohol's quality. Great for a nice little cocktail and some Prohibition-era ambiance, complete with live piano music.
There is something special about speakeasy bars and The Red Door is surely one of the very best in the city. Located in the Toluca Lake neighborhood, this hidden gem has a red door to enter (if you find it!) and once you are in, a whole evening full of fun awaits you. Intimate and dimly lit, The Red Door has a red themed decor with candles and red lighting fixtures all over the place. Live musical performances by a decent line up of local musicians and bands ensure that you are thoroughly entertained. The drinks are more than fantastic with the bartender mixing the perfect cocktails for you. They also serve American fare for those who want to nibble on food- there is pizza, salads, sandwiches, pastas and desserts. That's not all, if you love the classic movies, this is definitely the place to be as they play excellent black and white films from the bygone era.
Hotel Juniper in Hollywood houses the No Vacancy Bar, which is a complete speakeasy-type bar exuding drama in the real sense of the term! The entrance to the bar is made through a narrow hallway and a sparsely clothed lady guiding the patrons to the bar explaining the rules of the place. No vacancy houses a full bar serving cocktails and a restaurant serving snacks. They also have a cosy corner with a stone fireplace, and an outside patio. Guests who are lucky enough to get into this sought after bar will be treated to various quirky performances, ranging from tightrope walking to burlesque.
Tucked away from the rushing hubbub of Hollywood Boulevard in the back of the historic Jane's House courtyard, the appropriately named establishment draws folks in from the boulevard with well-mixed and low-priced drinks and heady hookahs. Plentiful seating is available inside, and the patio is a popular choice, with its pleasant ambiance and quality people watching. Aside from substantial drinks, the food here is also highly palatable and comes in generous portions. The menu is mostly Mediterranean fare, with some added basic staples, such as wings and fries. A few nights a week, customers are regaled with a movie projected onto a wall across from the patio or a live music act. Great value and friendly atmosphere make this joint a true hidden gem.
If watching the impersonators, street performers, lost souls and wanna-be’s over a 34 oz. beer sounds appealing to you, you could not do much better than this place. Do not be misled by the fluffy name and the open front of the place: this is a full-bar no-nonsense facility, specializing in microbrews and drafts. Located a mere block away from H&H Center, the indisputable heart of tourist Hollywood, Snow White enjoys the regular patronage of a few of the colorful characters proffering their dramatic talents as various pop-culture heroes and idols in front of Mann’s Chinese Theatre. Should you find yourself in the area some sunny afternoon, consider settling here and feasting your eyes on the best of what eccentric Hollywood has to offer.
This low key place is one of the best kept secrets of Hollywood. If you are into house music, then One666 is not to be missed. This not-so-fancy compact club has a full house on Thursdays and Sundays. This is the Unity and Sanctuary nights hosted by some of the top house DJs in the town. If you want loud beats to unwind and groove, this club will keep you on your toes.