20 Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars in Los Angeles

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Hidden Speakeasies in Los Angeles

The prohibition era of the 1920s was known for its prolific speakeasy bars that opened in response to the nationwide ban on alcohol. The iconic style of hidden-away lounges with secret passwords, unmarked signage and disguised entrances didn’t disappear with prohibition’s repeal, and made a lively comeback in Los Angeles over the past decade. Duck into the best hidden speakeasy bars in Los Angeles to sip libations in a uniquely mysterious space.




The Varnish – Downtown LA

One of the original bars kicking off the speakeasy resurgence, the Varnish is located at the back of Downtown LA’s lauded Cole’s French Dip restaurant. With an award-winning bar program, and cozy space that was formerly a storage closet, you’re sure to enjoy the exemplary hidden speakeasy bars experience.




In Sheeps Clothing – Downtown LA

Head to Lupetti Pizzeria in the Downtown Arts District to find In Sheep’s Clothing tucked behind a nondescript door inside the restaurant. The “hi-fi record bar and cafe” prides itself on creating a music-focused experience with loud conversations and photos discouraged while listening to the featured vinyl albums.




Old Lightning – Marina Del Rey

You’d never guess that at the back of bustling restaurant Scopa Italian Roots, a priceless collection of some of the world’s most rare liquors would be building at Old Lightning. Those with a palate for vintage bourbon and whiskey check their phones at the door for an intimate lesson in aged flavors and irreplaceable spirits.

Alley Lounge – Culver City

Culver City’s Alley Lounge is an inviting bar tucked away behind Fin restaurant, and can be found beyond what looks to be a kitchen service door at the end of an unassuming alley. Delicious drinks and talented bartenders keep guests entertained along with a menu of late-night eats.

The Edison – Downtown LA

One thing that may give away this speakeasy’s location is the long line of patrons hoping to get in each weekend. Located down a flight of stairs at the end of an alley, this site of a former power plant now takes on the unique combination of steampunk and vintage decor with burlesque dancers helping to set the sultry Roaring Twenties mood.

Sunset & Vinyl – Hollywood

With no sign or indication that it exists, much of Sunset & Vinyl’s popularity came from good old fashioned word-of-mouth, just like its speakeasy predecessors. Visit Sunset and Vine’s 800 Degrees Pizza location and head up the stairs in the back of the restaurant to find this vintage, vinyl-inspired space perfect for listening to music with a flavorful cocktail.

La Descarga – East Hollywood

Travel back in time to 1950s Havana at La Descarga in East Hollywood. With a surprising secret entrance that leads you to an expansive room filled with live salsa music, burlesque dancers and cigar smoking, your senses will be overwhelmed as you dance the night away in this rustic hot spot. 

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Adults Only – Hollywood

Guests may not expect much from a strip mall bar, but are in for a treat at this spacious lounge in Hollywood. Pass through the faux adult video store entrance to find a dance floor, a big screen playing videos and plenty of room to mix and mingle in the youthful, nightlife atmosphere.

Bar Jackalope – Downtown LA

Seven Grand is one of Downtown’s prized whiskey bars, but for an even further elevated experience, become a member and reserve a spot at the exclusive Bar Jackalope hidden inside. Non-members can try the place out on a first-come first-served basis to ring the mysterious doorbell and taste a series of Japanese whiskeys.

The Del Monte Speakeasy – Venice

This historical destination is an original hidden speakeasy bars in Los Angeles that operated during prohibition by smuggling in alcohol through underground tunnels. Currently standing as Venice’s oldest bar, you can find this seductive space by descending the stairs at Townhouse, formerly an inconspicuous grocery store with a clandestine secret. Live comedy shows, burlesque performances and DJs entertain the Westside at this vintage hot spot.

Pacific Seas – Downtown LA

Initially opened in 1932 to channel an adventurous island oasis, Pacific Seas restaurant was the original inspiration for American tiki culture, and was reopened in 2016 as a speakeasy within Clifton’s Downtown. You’ll find it behind a hidden door on the fourth floor of the massive bar and lounge.

R Bar – Koreatown

This Koreatown dive bar channels a true prohibition style with a rotating password that guests must track down each night. Inside you’ll find a pirate-themed space with karaoke and bar food for a laid back night out.

Good Times at Davey Waynes – Hollywood

This local favorite is known for its signature garage sale entrance and long lines stretching down the block. Guests pile in each night to experience the 1970s living room theme with classic hits from the decade playing all night long, along with a backyard patio to take in the LA breeze.

Blind Barber – Culvery City & Highland Park

Don’t be fooled by the fully-operational barbershop storefront, Blind Barber keeps the “party in the back” when you head through a door in the shop to find its lively lounge space. Similar to its NYC, Chicago and Miami locations, the sleek, hidden bars in Culver City and Highland Park offer up great cocktails and the brand’s signature grilled cheese sandwiches.

£10 (Ten Pound) – Beverly Hills

The Montage Beverly Hills is hiding a secret, and you’ll find it when you head up the hidden staircase on the second floor of the hotel. Ten Pound is a lavish lounge that specializes in single malt Scotch, so you won’t be disappointed by their impressive whisky collection.

Break Room 86 – Koreatown

One of Koreatown’s favorite hangouts is the 1980s-themed Break Room 86. Follow your guide down a secret passageway within The Line Hotel to enter the vibrant bar filled with cassette tapes, old televisions, breakdance performers and even private karaoke rooms.

Basement Tavern – Santa Monica

A staple on the Westside, Basement Tavern sits beneath The Victorian–a historic home built in 1892 that was transported to its prime Santa Monica location on Main Street. The underground lounge is perfect for an intimate night on the town with occasional live performances in a vintage setting.

No Vacancy – Hollywood

An ode to 1920s prohibition, No Vacancy is one of Hollywood’s best hot spots with a Disney-esque speakeasy entrance that’s sure to impress. The historic building was formerly a schoolhouse for the children of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and later a brothel, but now stands as a go-to for delicious drinks, burlesque performances and dancing on the outdoor patio.

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Lock & Key – Koreatown

You may not expect much from the exterior of this covert hotspot, but a stylish speakeasy lounge hides behind a room full of doorknobs where guests are tasked with figuring out a way in. The back patio makes for an inviting dancefloor on weekends along with plenty of space to mix and mingle amongst intricate textures and sultry furnishings inside.

The Slipper Clutch – Downtown LA

Fans of ‘80s-style arcades will love this retro bar hidden behind Downtown’s Bar Clacson. Follow the sign for ‘Highballs’ to find The Slipper Clutch, a two-story space filled with vintage arcade games and a playlist of exclusively classic rock and punk music.

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    How to Spend a 21st Birthday in LA

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    Celebrate your 21st Birthday in Los Angeles

    21st birthdays are a rite of passage for young people ready to explore the variety of fun venues Los Angeles has to offer. With such an exciting celebration to plan, narrowing down the right places to go can be difficult when checking out venues beforehand may not be an option. Coming up with a creative 21st birthday in LA for yourself or your loved one can make all the difference in kicking off the year to a lively start.

     

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    Book Your Hotel Room

    Your hotel choice will be the cherry on top of your 21st birthday weekend in LA when you book a destination fit for rest and relaxation. The Mondrian is centrally located on Sunset Strip and has an iconic pool with infinite views of the city. The trendy W Hotel is a bustling Hollywood Boulevard hotspot that places you right in the center of the action.

    If you stay at The London West Hollywood, you’ll be in the lap of luxury with the hotel’s glamorous feel and beautiful views. The elegant design of the Kimpton La Peer hotel makes for a photo-worthy experience and has a prime location right off of the iconic Melrose Boulevard. The stylish Dream Hollywood is also a coveted destination due its location and variety of sister nightlife properties right next door.




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    Birthday Activities

    A newfound taste for wine is sure to develop after a 21st birthday visit to the Tasting Room at Malibu Wines. The rustic destination will let you and your group try out their variety of selections along with enjoying live music and events on the weekend. For a more adrenaline-fueled birthday event, Exotics Racing lets you experience some of the fastest cars on the planet at their private speedway. Sit in with a professional driver during a drifting thrill ride or take the wheel yourself for a high-octane escape.

    If laid back fun is more of your b-day style, book a lane at the trendy Highland Park Bowl for beers with friends, or reserve a karaoke room with bottle service at the speakeasy destination Break Room 86. Video game fans will have a blast at Button Mash, a “barcade” with a variety of vintage arcade games along with an extensive beer selection. Take your birthday to new heights with a helicopter tour of Los Angeles that will give you a bird’s eye view of the City of Angels.




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    Dine at the Best Restaurants

    A chic 21st birthday dinner can create the best memories and in Los Angeles, you can choose from any of the thriving selection of hot spots to make the moment special. Dine at Catch for a beautiful rooftop location with a stylish crowd to match. For an intimate hideaway, reserve a table at Delilah in their vintage-inspired setting fit with burlesque dancers and the occasional live jazz performance.

    If the West side is more your speed, head to rooftop spot Elephante to take in the sunset while enjoying the Californian and Southern Italian menu of delicious eats. Tao is one of the city’s most trendy dining destinations with an expansive layout and Asian-inspired dishes that attract an A-list clientele to its Hollywood location. After a weekend of partying, check out Gracias Madre for brunch to indulge in their plant-based menu that satisfies vegans and meat lovers alike.




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    Day Partying

    Sometimes celebrating during the day is the answer, and LA’s unbeatable weather will ensure a perfect 21st birthday atmosphere. Head to EP & LP and book Frankie’s Private Bar to ring in the day with all your closest friends, or lounge at their open seating patio for a casual toast under the sun. Santa Monica’s neighborhood favorite The Bungalow is a great destination for a birthday with plenty of tables to reserve for your special day.

    The colorful Hollywood rooftop spot Mama Shelter also makes for an Instagram-worthy celebration, or book a poolside room at The Roosevelt Hotel to have a prime location at their weekend pool parties without even leaving your hotel room. You can also rise to the top of the Dream Hotel to visit The Highlight Room, a rooftop destination perfect for taking in some poolside sunshine while dancing to tunes from a live DJ.

     

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    Party at the Best Nightclubs

    The best part of any 21st birthday is showing your newly legal ID at the hottest nightclubs in town. Warwick is a go to for a birthday bash with their large space and extravagant décor creating the perfect backdrop to your night. Try out Avenue and experience their modern indoor space connected to a vibrant atrium garden.

    One of the most exclusive spots in the city is the A-list favorite Poppy, boasting DJs and world-renowned musical performances in the whimsical setting. The newly revitalized nightclub Bootsy Bellows has an elegant, Palm Springs-inspired look for you to party the night away in style. Music lovers will appreciate the vibe at The Peppermint Club, known for its live performances and energetic weekend atmosphere.

     

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    Bars & Speakeasies

    Gathering with friends at a bar is a great way to have a 21st birthday with a little something for everyone. The most recent Houston Hospitality venue Madame Siam will have you dancing the night away in their energetic circus-themed space. Silver Lake’s Tenants of the Trees is also a prime option for laid back dancing with their hip hop room and main room blasting a mix of throwback selections.

    For those who prefer games over a dance floor, Casey’s Irish Pub lets you try their Irish whiskey and beer selections while practicing your skills in skee ball, ping pong, pool and plenty more. You’ll love the tiki theme at Lono, a spacious bar on Hollywood Boulevard known for its tropical drinks and vibrant crowd. If you’re in Downtown LA, Clifton’s is a historic bar with five separate levels of dancing and drinking along with a speakeasy hidden behind a secret door. Karaoke fans will love Tramp Stamp Granny’s, a chic, Hollywood piano bar where a live pianist leads the crowd in singing top hits for a one-of-a-kind experience.

     

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      Experience a Luxury Safari Lodge in South Africa

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      Experience a Luxury Safari Lodge

      When planning a vacation to South Africa, your first instinct may be to choose from their wide selection of hotels throughout the country. But what better way to take advantage of such a unique region than to instead book your stay at a luxury safari lodge in South Africa. Get the best of both worlds as you experience the native wildlife by day and retreat to a lavish resort by night.




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      Sabi Sabi

      Located in the Sabi Sand game reserve, this diverse area is home to the Big Five game animals along with almost 350 species of birds. The lodges on the property range from cozy and romantic to contemporary and family-friendly, with four types to choose from depending on the nature of your stay. A private terrace comes standard with each suite for you to view the area’s breathtaking prairie landscapes. Animals on the reserve are comfortable with visitors as your daytime or nighttime safari will give you an up close view of their day to day activities.




      Ulusaba

      This private game reserve owned by Virgin’s Richard Branson is the location of a Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge in Sabi Sand. You’ll see plenty of game including the Big Five along with wild dogs, cheetahs and a menagerie of unique wildlife. The Rock Lodge is positioned on a summit with panoramic views that overlook the wild landscape beneath, while the Safari Lodge sits hidden in greenery by the dry Mabrak riverbank where animals often walk by on their way to drink at a nearby watering hole.




      Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

      The contemporary design of this Lion Sands lodge in the Sabi Sands game reserve creates a sophisticated atmosphere that mixes natural textures, modern décor and tribal accents. The eight exclusive villas are some of the Lion Sands’ favorites as each comes with a private pool and breathtaking view of the Sabie River. The game-rich area makes for an exciting safari as Lion Sands is home to one of just four master trackers in the world that are specially trained to help guests spot their favorite animals. Aside from the Ivory Lodge’s impressive ambiance, guests have the option to take their stay to the next level with a night under the stars in a luxury treehouse.

      Royal Malewane

      Arguably South Africa’s best safari lodge, Royal Malewane in the Thornybush Game Reserve may also be one of the best hotels in the world. You’ll have an unforgettable experience as wildlife roam throughout the reserve with lions being especially in abundance. With just seven villas, the exclusive lodge is a favorite of celebrities and world leaders who come to experience the nostalgic, old-world ambiance of an African adventure. The Big Five game viewing is overseen by an expert team while guests can return to the camp for a spa treatment and dinner beneath the night sky.

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        The Advantages of Lifestyle Management Services

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        Lifestyle Management Services

        As the demands of a vigorous work cycle can lead many to fall behind in various aspects of day-to-day life, many companies like Zocha Group have stepped forward to reduce these stresses by way of offering lifestyle management services. While having one personal assistant can be helpful, hiring a full team of experts allows even more access to benefits that can enhance your life.




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        Hospitality

        Long gone are the days of calling a restaurant yourself to set up a reservation. While online booking platforms can streamline the process, letting us take the reins can lead to perks you’d never receive on your own. Last minute reservations can be hard to come by at in-demand establishments. With active connections to the industry, we can make quality arrangements that seemed to be impossible.

        Nightlife can also be a tricky industry to maneuver when you have high expectations for a fun night on the town. Skip the hassle of tracking down the right contact at a venue and let us handle it for you. Before you know it, breezing into a nightclub with your own prime location table becomes the norm, leaving you to enjoy worry-free outings.




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        Entertainment

        We aren’t just limited to reservations, but can also arrange hard to come by tickets for a variety of events. From sports games to live shows, we have the know-how to arrange your perfect night out. Sporting events have box seating and premium tickets that may not be available to you when you reach out on your own. Concerts may advertise a sold out show, but still have a reserve of tickets that only those in their network can access. Zocha Group knows exactly what to do to put you in those seats and allow you to have the time of your life.




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        Travel

        From flights to hotels to transportation, a great deal of planning can go into organizing the perfect travel experience. The number of options available for accommodations is infinite, and it can oftentimes be difficult to narrow down which ones are right for you. With Zocha Group to step in and make recommendations, you’ll never have to worry about being disappointed with your stay. It’s our job to know the best of the best in each aspect of travel—we do the research so that you don’t have to. Instead of spending your time scrolling through endless lists of hotels or flights, we’ll do the groundwork to ensure your expectations are surpassed.

         

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        Business

        When you’re trying to impress a client or manage accommodations for your staff, it can be hard to create the perfect itinerary that will work for the group. Our lifestyle management services take the burden off of corporate lifestyle arrangements to allow you to focus on work. You may not be aware of available discounts or packages that can help you stay within budget, but someone familiar with the process knows exactly what to look for. Whether it’s a box at the big game, a quiet table for a business dinner, or a hotel conference room for a meeting, we can handle it all with professionalism to make your business trip productive and efficient.

         

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          Where to Watch the Fireworks this Fourth of July

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          Where to Watch Fireworks

          Whether you were born in the USA or just visiting for the summer, the Fourth of July is an essential holiday to celebrate across the country. From barbecues to pool parties, the day’s festivities involve merrymaking with friends and family and most importantly, ending the night watching a sky full of fireworks. This popular travel day has a variety of ideal destinations with each offering the perfect view of the sparkling night sky. Take your Independence Day trip to new heights with these great places to watch the fireworks this 4th of July summer night.




          New York City

          The East River is the source of NYC’s biggest show known as the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. If you’re lucky enough to have a clear view of the river, you’ll get the full experience with an accompanying music score to put you in the patriotic mood. Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn have the best view with barges also giving Midtown and South Street Seaport a good sightline. Hotels like 1Hotel, The Bowery, The Freehand or The Nomad make for great vantage points, or make the trek to the river to see the 45-minute event up close.




          Los Angeles

          With the sprawling city offering up a range of events from Marina del Rey to Pasadena, you’ll be sure to find an impressive display no matter your neighborhood of choice. The Hollywood Bowl hosts an annual Fourth of July party with The Go-Go’s being this year’s artist to perform during the celebration. Dodger Stadium will be lit up even brighter than usual with an all-American game to round out your evening. One of the biggest LA events is the Rose Bowl’s Americafest which boasts rides, crafts and tailgating outside the stadium in preparation for the eye-catching show.




          San Diego

          San Diego makes for a great Fourth of July destination with its perfect weather and beachside locale. Their numerous shows of the night take place in Old Town, Ocean Beach, SeaWorld, and their most popular, the Annual Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show. The largest in the county, this fireworks display lights up the sky from multiple locations along the North Bay. Having four barges placed along the water means you’ll have no problem finding the perfect view with a stay at hotels like Omni, Hotel del Coronado, or Pendry San Diego.

          Chicago

          Any Chicago resident knows that Navy Pier is the place to go for a fireworks show during the summer. Their 4th of July Aon Summer Fireworks, presented by Miller Lite, is the biggest of the season with a dazzling display over the lake. This unofficial yet fully embraced Independence Day show allows locals and visitors head to Millennium Park to see the explosive festivities up close. For those searching for a rooftop view, bars like Streeterville Social, Apogee, Upstairs at The Gwen or Cindy’s offer up the perfect perspective for the spectacular event.

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