These Hidden L.A. Drinking Dens Are Worth Seeking Out

Sometimes good drinks are password protected

Unmarked doors, secret passwords—however you access these drinking dens, they’re worth speaking easy about.


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Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni pour from a vintage liquor collection in a retro-suave Venice-adjacent backroom lounge. Even if you find the entrance, you can’t get in without a reservation—or checking your phone at the door. Venice; oldlightning.com


Slipper Clutch

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Behind Eric Alperin’s amaro-focused Bar Clacson sits this neon-lit, ’80s-themed hangout, where crowd- pleasing cocktails (Jack & ginger!) are shot from a soda gun. Follow a neon HIGHBALLS sign to find the entrance. 351 S. Broadway, downtown

 

Exhibition Room

Look for the antique phone booth at the back of Roxanne’s lounge. Say the magic word (sent via text) into the handset, and you’ll gain entry to the bar for Prohibition-era concoctions like the Cuban Flip. 1117 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach


Pacific Seas

Past a secret mirrored door on the second floor of Clifton’s lies L.A.’s most lavish tiki bar, with thatched roofs, a vintage cigarette boat, and wooden idols. The most dangerous item? A boozy Scorpion bowl for two. 648 S. Broadway, downtown


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