La Descarga-Los Angeles
What: La Descarga
Where: Los Angeles
For: Ages 21+
La Descarga is an exclusive speakeasy in Los Angeles. Ethan took me here last month, and I’ve heard so many great things about the club that I was super excited to go and check it out. The club itself exceeded expectations, and it renewed my love for hidden bars and speakeasies in Los Angeles.
Guests need reservations to enter the club, and they can be made either on the website or by calling directly. I suggest that you call at least a week prior to ensure that the club is not at capacity. There is a small neon sign advertising the lounge. The entry door sits behind a taco stand and has a single security guard checking for ID and reservations. After your reservation is confirmed, patrons are led up a stairway to a hostess. She sits at a simple desk and will welcome you to the lounge.
After your welcome, the hostess opens a closet on the side of the room and pushes aside the coats and dresses on hangars. This reveals a red velvet curtain. When the curtain is pushed aside, it leads into the top part of the lounge. A short hallway and staircase leads guests to the main floor of the bar. The entire presentation of the entry into La Descarga was exciting and like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.
The main bar has reserved seating areas and standing room only. They are known for their specialty cocktails. There is a smoking room in the back that has a bar that serves standard cocktails. Bar seating in the back room is on a first-come first-served basis. Tables are by reservation only, but guests can sit at the table until the party that reserved comes to claim them. Cigars and cigarettes are allowed in the room since there is ventilation to the outdoors via the roof.
The shows are scheduled hourly and last about fifteen minutes. When we were there, there was a burlesque show and live band. The saxophone player came down the steps and played in the crowd, which was unique. He also coordinated the show with the dancer. This was one of the best burlesque shows that I’ve seen at a speakeasy. We ended up spending about 3.5 hours here, and we could’ve spent the entire night here if we didn’t get hungry and decide to leave! If you have a bigger party, I strongly suggest that you call as early as possible to reserve a table and ensure your party can stay together in the main bar area.
La Descarga is an upscale club with a dress code. The entire dress code can be viewed online, and security reserves the right to turn guests away at the door if they do not comply with the rules. Men wore jackets, and all women were in cocktail dresses and heels. Around showtime, the main floor became shoulder-to-shoulder crowded. I suggest that you make your way to the main room at least twenty minutes to half-an-hour in advance of showtimes to ensure you have standing room to enjoy the show.
We ended up spending about $15 per drink, which seemed very reasonable for Los Angeles. I tried two different specialty cocktails, and both of them tasted amazing.
La Descarga Information
1159 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029
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