Channel your locksmith skills to get access to this classy
K-town cocktail bar. Look for an unmarked red door on Vermont Avenue, nter to
find a black wall with hundreds of doorknobs and locks and the game begins.
With a hostess giving clues as to which gives doorknob grants access to the
bar, Lock and Key makes you earn that
seat at the bar.
La Descarga may not be new, but it certainly has the
speakeasy, enter-through-a-weird-door phenom. Descarga features
an expansive rum repotories, including original and Tiki cocktails by head
barman Joe Swifka.
Grab a French dip sandwich at Cole’s and then make your way to the door at the
back of the restaurant. This tiny, dark bar is L.A.’s shining example of a
killer cocktail scene in a speakeasy setting (They’ve been James Beard
nominees, including this year, and winners umpteen times for Best Bar
Program.) If you want one of the few tables, best to make reservations or come
Two whiskey bars in one locale? Sign
us up—pronto. Check out Jackalope, the 18-seat Japanese whiskey-themed bar
within Seven Grand. Located near the back of the bar, press the light switch
button, pick up the phone and listen to instructions in both English and
Japanese. Unless you have purchased a whiskey locker in Jackalope with the
added perk of making reservations, it’s first come, first serve.
With its back-alley
location and only a glowing red “Cocktail” sign as a marker, entering the posh,
Parisian-styled lounge is a welcome surprise. A password is required; find it
on their Twitter/Facebook page. The drinks, designed by Randy Tarlow, are tasty
and the ambience is seductive with live music, DJs or burlesque shows.
Where else can you
get a spiffy cut-and-cocktail combo? Head for the utility closet door in the
back of the barbershop. Follow the hallway and down a set of stairs. Voila! – a
coz bar awaits, featuring roughly ten cocktails: five seasonal and five Blind Barber
In the former space of The Writer’s Room, Golden Box,
decked out in gold disco balls, is a tiny, ‘80s-themed dance club and bar. Look for
an unmarked door behind Musso & Frank Hot tip: make a reservation or you
won’t get in.
No, it’s not an eccentric, late-night garage sale. Head through the
garage—decked out in '70s clothing, albums and kitschy knickknacks—until you
reach a fridge. Enter through the refrigerator and it’s time travel to the set
of All in the Family. Add chicks on
rollerblades, boozy Sno-cones and DJs playing '70s tunes and it’s groovy
No Name Bar
This no-name, non-descript nightclub is where the cool kids
hangout. From the outside, it looks abandoned, except for the rainbow colored
garage door; on the inside, it’s a posh wonderland of art installations and
funky furniture. Expect celebrity appearances, including big name musical
performances. A ‘no photos policy’ is strictly enforced. All we can tell you is
the location (432 North Fairfax Avenue) and that you need to score a black business
card with a secret phone number to make reservations with to gain access. Rumor
has it, you can also make reservations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.