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La Descarga
Cocktail Bar$$$$
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1159 N Western Ave Los Angeles, CA 90039
1159 North Western AvenueUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90039
(323) 466-1324ladescargala.com
$$$$Cocktail BarToday Closed
Monday ClosedTuesday 8:00 pm – 2:00 amWednesday 8:00 pm – 2:00 amThursday 8:00 pm – 2:00 amFriday 8:00 pm – 2:00 amSaturday 8:00 pm – 2:00 amSunday Closed
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A Cuban-themed nightspot with a dress code offering a cigar lounge & burlesque-style salsa acts.- Google
"A huge bar with three different rooms including a cigar lounge."
3 reviewers
"The music playing makes you want to dance salsa all night long."
3 reviewers
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Hanae K
in the last week
I was so thrilled when I found La Descarga all thanks to yelp!!! After exploring a wondrous bar with a hidden door in New York, I figured LA must have something similar as well. La Descarga is a speakeasy cuban bar/lounge with exceptional cocktail drinks, a cigar lounge, a hostess that'll personally welcome you, salsa dancing, live music, cabaret dancers with fire and a hidden entrance!!! This is by far my favorite bar/lounge in LA that I'd recommend to all my friends (who aren't penny-pinchers)! I took my friend here for his early birthday present Friday night. He had no idea where I was taking him. I told him it's a hidden gem that's so awesome that it'll feel like he went to narnia :P I rsvp'd for 9:15pm but showed up 20min early because there was no traffic. The bouncer was very hospitable and we chatted for a bit before he let us in :) Upstairs, there was a pretty lady who stood by her desk with a big smile. She welcomed us and gave us a brief description of the bar/lounge. My friend was surprised when she opened the wardrobe for us to enter :D He seemed super thrilled with the place and he made sure he tried couple of their signature cocktails. Everyone except for the bartender at the cigar lounge were sociable. The place is cozy and it's hard to find a place to sit during busy hours. Tips: - Show up early so you have time to settle down at the bar and the cigar lounge before it gets crowded (around 9:30 on a Friday night). - Reservation via phone/website is highly recommended - Pay $8 for valet, it's worth it cuz the neighborhood is ghetto-y - Try their cigars! I had my very first one and it went well with my cocktail. LOVE: - The cuban themed atmosphere - Watching them make their quality cocktails (they look like they were dancing to the music while they shook the drinks!). - Live music and a sexy dancer twirling a fire around! DRINKS: Be patient with the bartenders during busy hours. If you watch them create it with fresh ingredients then you'll understand that it's worth the wait. My friend had - Old Ironsides - Shoreleave Wristwatch (his favorite) - Ramble on (his least favorite out of the 4 he drank) - 2 cocktails with pineapple juice that has a cool name. It came in a large fancy cocktail glass with orange and lemon garnish...ugh can't remember the name! I had -La Descarga Planters Punch (yum!!!) - Mojito (it had the perfect amount of sweetness) What my friend didn't let me have because I was his dd - Caipirinha (heard it's really good)
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Monica B
a week ago
Wonderful place. Nice people. Good music. Good cocktails.
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Amanda Duda
8 months ago
Once again i have found a secret speakeasy! This time entering what looks like a New York size apartment into an office, then though the secret passage and boom its the 1920's. A huge bar with three different rooms including a cigar lounge. A burlesque show and sax performance and great cocktails make for one heck of a night. People do dress up and try to dress more in the era at this bar which makes the atmosphere a lit of fun.
Madelaine Behr
8 months ago
I've had a blast every time I've been here. It gets extremely packed and you need to make reservations a few days in advance even for standing room. Dress to impress and then hang out in the cigar lounge. Around 1 am there is a lot more room to dance and the main room is a blast.
Eddie Urrutia
2 months ago
This place was awesome! From the super cool hidden entrance to the throwback speakeasy decor it was the best themed bar/club I've been to. If you can get a group together the table service was excellent. The live entertainment was amazing. The ladies enjoyed the mojito punch and for the second choice (group of ten is a 2 bottle/punch minimum) we had the 7 year aged flor de caña gold rum. The rum was paired nicely the cigars we had. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars was the parking situation and the lack of any appetizers or snacks. Otherwise it was a blast.
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Abby Boultinghouse
in the last week
I'm giving this place a three only because my fiance asked me to. Honestly, I love the idea and decor...we got there early so all was well...then more and more people came in and it becomes a game of sardines. can't hear bartenders to order drinks or pay. maybe good for one time, go early, and leave after first band performance.
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Jesse Moss
5 months ago
Really awesome atmosphere. The drinks are typical LA prices, $12-14 dollars. The music playing makes you want to dance salsa all night long. They don't serve food, but there is a very cute little taco stand right outisde, $1.50 for a taco. I will definitely be back.
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Allison Ornik
7 months ago
Another one of the secret speakeasy bars in Los Angeles. You enter into an office and then through a closet behind a few pieces of clothing. Once inside, there are several large rooms with a bar in each. It's a very crowded bar, but you can get drinks quickly. There is a sax performance and burlesque show that makes it more unique than most. The bar felt like it attracted a lot of couples in their mid-30s who were dressed up or dressed to fit the 1920s theme. Not a place to go if you're looking to meet people, but a great place to go with a significant other or a small group of friends looking for a different bar experience.
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