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Credit: Adults Only

9 LA Speakeasies You Now Know How to Get Into

Keep It Low-Key at These Hidden LA Watering Holes

Speakeasies—secret, underground bars—first rose to fame in the US during the 1920s Prohibition Era, when alcohol was outlawed but people still wanted to raise a glass and have their fun. Today, even though alcohol is perfectly legal, speakeasy bars still remain hidden spots to sip and spend a night out. Take a trip back in time and head to one of these nine speakeasy-style bars in LA! Best Los Angeles Speakeasies


Lilly Rose

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This stylish spot is located on the basement floor of The Wayfarer DTLA. Enter the hotel, go down the hallway on the right and descend down the fittingly red-lit stairwell. Emerge into Lilly Rose, which feels like a whimsical basement parlor bar where “bizarre meets beautiful.” Here, you’ll encounter a dimly lit space adorned with chandeliers and mismatched vintage-style furniture. It’s a laid-back, intimate date spot and also a lively space to dance to beat. 

Location: DTLA 

Best Los Angeles Speakeasies

Adults Only

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Adults Only is cleverly tucked away into a secret corner of a Hollywood strip mall. Visitors enter through a concealed passageway that’s decorated with an eclectic collection of ‘80s memorabilia like VHS tapes, classic movie posters and TVs showcasing a lineup of kitschy cult-classic films. Grab a drink at the vintage-style bar and jive to the beats pumped out by one of the many talented DJs who perform here.

Location: Hollywood

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Blind Barber

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Get this: Blind Barber is a speakeasy/barbershop combo that’s the best of both worlds for those who need a trim and want a drink. Totally innovative, right? Make a reservation to step inside a secret area just past the barbershop’s exterior and into a space that’s outfitted with rad retro lighting, a DJ area and plenty of space to mingle. Enjoy an impressive selection of hand-crafted drinks in a spot that’s perfect for both casual date nights or a night out with friends.

Locations: Culver City and Highland Park



Employees Only

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Employees Only, an elevated neighborhood cocktail bar and restaurant in West Hollywood, is a favorite hangout among locals. It’s outfitted with a faux storefront through which guests venture into a trendy bar and restaurant. Emerge into a dimly lit, art deco-inspired room and pick a classic or contemporary cocktail—all of which are made with premier spirits and housemade syrups. It’s a classy spot to gather with friends or enjoy a romantic night for two. 

Location: West Hollywood

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Break Room 86

Finding the entrance to Break Room 86 requires a bit of work—but it’s well worth it. Head to the backside of K-Town’s Line Hotel and get ready to step into a throwback world. You might think you’re in the wrong spot as they lead you through a kitchen, but don’t fret, this is all part of the experience. Once inside, there’s a wall dedicated to cassette tapes and another adorned with lockers seemingly straight from “The Breakfast Club.” Check out the DJ booth made out of boomboxes, the ancient arcade games or the vintage Pepsi vending machine that reveals a hidden karaoke room.

Location: Korea Town

The Varnish

The Varnish is a no-frills speakeasy in downtown LA. It’s fittingly located in a historic building known for its “original” French dip sandwiches. The interior showcases classic tile flooring and intimate wooden booths. Enjoy the expertly tended bar, live jazz music and authentic ambiance. The entrance could easily be mistaken for a door to the restroom—but it’s not a “secret,” per se. It’s just enjoyably subtle, go right ahead inside. 

Location: DTLA 

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Secret Island

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Embark on a trip to a tropical paradise in this speakeasy-style tiki restaurant and lounge. Visitors of Secret Island will go from an unmarked entrance downstairs into a classic tiki setting with island vibes and an undeniably vibrant atmosphere. Try the mai tai, which is a classic, or if you’re feeling adventurous, go for the signature Pele’s Fire, which is a spicy blend of fresh fruits and rum named after Pele, the Goddess of Fire.  

Location: Long Beach



Black Rabbit Rose

A visit to Black Rabbit Rose feels like a magical trip to another world. Inside, the sultry lounge and theater are decked out with apothecary bottles, photos of famous magicians and even a fully functioning fortune-telling machine to go with smooth red velvet upholstery, tufted leather booths and a cozy stage. Enjoy a well-made craft cocktail while taking in a show by one of the talented members of the rotating roster of performers.

Location: Hollywood


No Vacancy

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No Vacancy is stowed away inside a classic Victorian house—one of Hollywood’s most historic homes dating all the way back to 1902—which is now known as Hotel Juniper. The entrance to this speakeasy is so secret that there are no photos or video recordings allowed; you’ll just have to go and see for yourself. It’s a trendy bar that features three stories of vintage architectural elements emitting a Prohibition Era vibe, serving handcrafted cocktails crafted by quality bartenders.
Local Insight: Be sure to check the dress code on their website before you go! 

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