This Laguna Beach Speakeasy Will Transport You to South Africa
Written By: Erica Johnson
Photographed By: Will Hare Speakeasy in Laguna Beach
Name: Ivan Spiers
Job Title: Owner, Mozambique
Mozambique in Laguna Beach is known for great food and gorgeous ocean views from the rooftop, but did you know that it also contains a speakeasy? Slip into the private side entrance of The Durban Room and you will find the same delicious menu in a sexy, luxurious setting with fantastic cocktails and live music Friday and Saturday nights. According to Marketing Manager Samantha Wharton, “The Durban Room has its own vibe and personality. People can come and escape the crowds and enjoy a cool, calm space with great music on the weekends.”
The name and eclectic, beautiful decor both pay homage to owner Ivan Spiers’ birthplace of Durban, South Africa. The whole space takes you on a trip to the exotic beauty of South Africa’s seaside resorts. Many of the dishes served include South African sauce Peri Peri, made from bird’s eye pepper, discovered by Portuguese sailors centuries ago.
The Durban Room is one of the best places in Orange County to see live music in an intimate setting. Recently, the addition of an all-new sound system made things better than ever. There is a revolving lineup of great talent, featuring artists such as Dallas and Doll, Justin Abrams, Francois Dean and Roxanna Ward. During spring and summertime, the live music schedule will expand to include Sunday nights as well.
According to Wharton, “The Durban Room is more like something you would find in New York.” With a rich, warm color palette, dark wood and soft lighting, the mood is inviting and sensual. This is definitely the kind of place that takes you back to a more romantic time.
If you thought you knew all the best places in Laguna Beach, make room at the top of your list for The Durban Room.
The Durban Room at Mozambique
1740 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.7777 Speakeasy in Laguna Beach