It’s hard to call Lock & Key, which has been open since February, a secret, but the Koreatown “speakeasy” still achieves a certain in-the-know vibe thanks to a lack of signage and an unmarked door (though there’s a valet stand out front). Step into the darkened foyer, where you’ll need to twist several doorknobs before you slip through the looking glass. Once inside, you’re greeted with marble counters, dark leather booths, and elaborate cocktails.
Hard-partying posses mingle with patrons in their midtwenties and thirties wearing the unofficial uniform of the upwardly mobile creative class—i.e., outfits intended to look as though they were effortlessly thrown together.
Enjoy the friendly bartenders and the loungey atmosphere, stick to simple libations (three ingredients or less), and be sure to order the glorious Taiwanese-style fried chicken from Stall 239 next door.
Lock & Key, 239 S. Vermont Ave., Koreatown, 213-389-5625