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The Secret Bars of LA

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The Secret Bars of LA

Looking for cocktails but prefer something a little off the beaten track? Check out some of Los Angeles’ best-kept secrets — speakeasies, lounges and taverns that ooze personality and charm, and provide top-notch cocktails…

Tavern at the Victorian —  2640 Main Street, Santa Monica
Open every day from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Tavern operates out of a basement in a Victorian-style home that has been converted into a venue for functions. The Tavern hosts live music and DJs, and boasts fantastic cocktails. Find the Tavern’s secret entrance early, as it’s been known to attract crowds on weekends.

The Varnish — 118 East 6th Street, Los Angeles
If you pull up to this address and are stumped about finding The Varnish, fear not — it’s tucked into the back of Cole’s Restaurant. It’s definitely got the speakeasy vibe going on —  dark and bustling with the drinks flowing. The Varnish is known for its unique take on classic cocktails, and is sure to impress.

Blind Barber —  10797 Washington Boulevard, Culver City
Blind Barber provides a shave and a haircut, as well as a great venue for killer cocktails. The Back Room, where all the drinking action happens, is open six days a week until 2 a.m. These guys are as serious about the shave and haircut end of things as they are about their cocktails. Blind Barber has their very own line of hair and skin care products, and you get a complimentary cocktail with every shave or hair cut.

La Descarga —  1159 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles
Cuban music and burlesque dancing are a large part of La Descarga’s draw, with a plethora of cocktails to choose from as you enjoy the entertainment. This intimate, dimly lit spot features old wood and bottles of rum right up to the ceiling. Along with Cuban entertainment comes Cuban libations, so yes, rum rules the roost here. Dress code is in effect, and reservations are recommended.

Seventy7 Lounge — 3843 Main Street, Culver City, CA

Dark wood and leather stools make for an intimate setting that brings to life a roaring 1920’s vibe. Past the wooden peep holed door, Seventy7 features an authentic speakeasy feel and is appropriately hidden out of sight.

High-end spirits are the name of the game, including five varieties of absinthe. In addition to classic cocktails, a well-chosen wine and beer list complement a compact selection of food —  charcuterie, truffle fries, sesame crusted shrimp and more.

The Del Monte Speakeasy —  52 Windward Avenue, Venice, CA
Located in the basement of the Townhouse Venice bar, the Del Monte is a modern-day speakeasy that features a wide variety of live music and entertainment. During the Prohibition-era, the Del Monte was a booze hub tucked below a grocery store. Canadian whiskey and rum boats would dock nearby, and booze would flow through the Del Monte via a series of underground tunnels that ran from the pier to the venue.

The Del Monte Speakeasy serves hand-crafted cocktails using original recipes. But if you want to know more about cocktail specifics, you’ll have to check it out for yourself —  their seasonal menu is only available in person.

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