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Best Themed Bars in Los Angeles

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Badmaash

With innovative offerings like crispy tamarind glazed pork belly and chicken tikka poutine, this downtown gastropub will change the way you look at Indian food. Soaring ceilings and a wall covered in colorful horizontal stripes greets patrons in the dining room. Contemporary light fixtures punctuate the entire space. Kitschy Bollywood posters adorning the walls complete the decor; a refreshing change from the done-to-death exotic themes prevalent in most Indian restaurants. The menu offers a mix of traditional and quirky creations. Street food favorites like papri chaat and samosas start off the proceedings. Traditional favorites include the butter chicken, smoked eggplant mash and chicken tikka masala. The spiced lamb burger has received accolades and should not me missed. The drinks list offers a choice of wines, beers as well as Indian cola imports like ThumsUp and Limca.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Edison

A rather upscale venue, The Edison offers a trendy venue to party all night. With foot-tapping music, chilled beverages and live bands, it ensures complete entertainment. Aptly named, for it is located inside a former power plant, it sports remnants of the Industrial Gothic age in its decor, that transports one to that era. A local hangout place, tourists are also seen partying hard and enjoying the vibe. It is best reserve a table and dress as per the stated dress code.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Eightytwo

Gaming arcades were a fad from the 1960s through the 1990s and are now considered to be more like vintage collectibles. Now, two downtown residents in LA have thrown open the doors of a bar and a gaming arcade for adults to relive their childhood memories. The Eighty Two bar in Los Angeles has an array of classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Centipede, Pinball and other such classics. You can enjoy your games with the drinks they serve. Their bar features craft cocktails and draft beers. This place has an airy arcade area and a large outdoor seating area. The atmosphere gets lighter in the evenings with DJs that play a groovy mix of songs. Although technology has advanced, there's nothing like old school arcade machines with coin slots. So come in and get gaming!

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Varnish

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.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Caña Rum Bar

This exclusive bar requires a membership, but before you jump ship, know that it's a measly USD20 a year to gain access, which is the equivalent of a club cover charge for just one night in Los Angeles! The interior is dimly lit and the gorgeous bar is adorned with fruits, spirits, spices and herbs, thereby giving you a description of the ingredients that make the potent rum-infused cocktails. Caña boasts of over 100 rums, and each variety has an unique character as these are small-batch liqueurs. Their mixologists are friendly and they do not forget to add the much deserved drama to your drinks. Apart from the strong rum collection, the gorgeous outdoor seating is Caña's another unique proposition, here in the warmth of a fireplace and cane seating spaces patrons can easily get oblivious to the outside world.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Tiki-Ti

Owned and run by the celebrated Ray Buhen, popularly known among masses as the bartender to the stars, Tiki-Ti is a historic and eccentric bar. The moment one steps in, patrons are greeted with a mélange of bright and vibrant artefacts. The ambiance sets the mood for the gala time that is assured here. The Hawaiian getaway is popular for the assortment of cocktails served here. In addition to the heady tropical drinks, patrons can also savor the scrumptious Philly Rolls that have many a locals returning time and again.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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La Descarga

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.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Molly Malone's

A friendly place just south of Los Angeles' famed Farmers Market, this large pub offers all the expected fixings—live traditional music several nights a week with actor Tate Donovan and his band performing on Thursday nights, English grub and good beer. If it's true that everyone is a bit Irish, then Molly Malone's Irish Pub makes us all feel at home.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Bar Lubitsch

With more than 200 kinds of vodka, this Russian themed bar is the ultimate destination for vodka lovers. The ambiance is buzzing with foot tapping music and a dive bar styled decor. Try the cucumber gimlet and check out the Red Room in the back where you can get your groove on with DJs spinning your favorite dance numbers. There is an interesting line up of local bands and artists that perform live throughout the year. Note: Entry only for people above 21 years of age.

West Hollywood, CA, United States
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Blind Barber

Blind Barber is the venture of Adam Kirsch, Jeff Laub and Joshua Boyd. This barbershop plus bar has garnered a fan following that is just increasing with each passing day. While you can go for a trim, shave or a cut in the front room, it is the back room where all the action lies. This 1920s speakeasy inspired space complete with its dim lights and leather booths is where you can enjoy happy hours and listen to cool music.

Culver City, CA, United States
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Alex's Bar

Long Beach is known for its buzzing nightlife scene, and Alex's Bar is one of the most happening places here. Both local and touring bands perform here through the week. The booked calendar is ample proof of its popularity. Cover charges for shows vary. Through the week, the club has theme nights like karaoke every Tuesday and a special barbecue and drinks special on every Sunday. Age restrictions apply for entry.

Long Beach, CA, United States
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