You’re getting a pizza at the 800 Degrees in Hollywood and happen to notice a staircase near the restrooms. Most likely, you suspect it’s just how the staff gets to the storage area and is not intended for public access, right? Wrong. Stride right up that hidden staircase like you own the place and you’ll find yourself in a secret new cocktail bar that takes style cues from the rec room of a 1970s rocker.
Known as Sunset & Vinyl (it is located at Sunset and Vine, after all) the boîte only has seats for 35 patrons perched on a mix of barstools and vintage-style tufted sofas. As the name suggests, the soundtrack mostly comes courtesy of a record player on the bar. If you have a favorite record you want to hear, bring it along, and they may even let you give it a spin for everyone to enjoy. Other times, you may walk into low-key DJ sets or intimate acoustic performances.
Eater L.A. reports that the bar is a collaboration between Anthony Carron, the founder and chef of the 800 Degrees chain (an empire that now includes not only six L.A. locations, but also restaurants in Las Vegas, Dubai, Japan, and Qatar), and bartender Devon Espinosa, who has previously worked at cocktail destinations including Woodley Proper, Ink, The Church Key, and Pour Vous.
Sunset and Vinyl is located at 1521 Vine Street. Enter 800 Degrees and head up the internal stairs. The bar is open 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
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