Cocktail Confidential: A Guide To Los Angeles Nightlife

Neo-speakeasies, reservation-only drinking dens, hidden dance clubs—the hottest Los Angeles nightspots have an air of secrecy. Allow us to let you in on Los Angeles nightlife’s little secrets.

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Basement Tavern

Basement Tavern

If the Victorian looks as if it was plucked from a residential neighborhood and dropped onto Santa Monica’s Main Street, that’s because it was. The historic former private home’s patio is a chic, romantic spot for enjoying cocktails amid strings of twinkling lights. Walk around back to a discreet door and amble down two staircases and you find its underground speakeasy, Basement Tavern. Enjoy live music from local bands while nursing a libation—Delia’s Elixir is named for the Victorian’s ghost, the matriarch of the family who lived in the mansion in the 1890s. Pull your pals into the game room for a little friendly competition; there are board games as well as a Nintendo Wii system. 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.396.2469.


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