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The Varnish
Today 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM
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118 E 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90014
118 East 6th StreetUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90014
$$$Bar, Cocktail Bar
Cocktail Bar
Today 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Saturday 7:00 PM – 2:00 AMSunday 7:00 PM – 2:00 AMMonday 7:00 PM – 2:00 AMTuesday 7:00 PM – 2:00 AMWednesday 7:00 PM – 2:00 AMThursday 7:00 PM – 2:00 AMFriday 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Classic cocktails and old-school hospitality, with live jazz every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday after 9pm.
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Mixologists handcraft custom cocktails at this dark, moody speakeasy hidden behind Cole's bar.- Google
"Located inside Cole's French Dip is this amazing speakeasy."
"Nice atmosphere, but a little too loud for the quality of drinks and service."
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Mynor Chinchilla
a week ago
Didn't get through the door because the two men standing at the door assumed my friend was drunk. We just got out of work, it was about 11pm, we spent money on parking because trying to find parking in downtown is impossible. My friend and I were looking forward to trying this place out. How could these two bouncers validate my friend's being? He was not ACTING belligerent, he might of a had a smile on his face, but we had zero drinks in our systems. We were excited to try The Varnish out, but instead were insulted. How embarrassing
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Damian Pressnell
7 months ago
Great laid back atmosphere with awesome music playing in the background. Listen to the reviews and get the tacos! They also offer $15 flights which includes four tastings of draft beer. Love!
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5 months ago
Dear Varnish - Someone is using your phone and location to cold call people on the other side of the country. Just thought you'd want to know as I received two of those calls from your phone number this morning. On do Not Call Registry - Compliant has been filed, just an FYI you might want to contact your phone company to see what measures can be taken.
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Jonathan Bingman
10 months ago
Very unique. Great drinks, great staff. Recommend a visit, if only once.
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Charles Potter
5 months ago
Fun place to go downtown. Been coming to Cole's for a while before I knew this was here. If you don't know it's here, you're not going to find it- but that's the idea. After a knock on the door, it's off to your table, and it feels like stepping back in time. The dim lights and lack of windows add to the effect. This place is both old and old fashioned. I like a different ambience from your run of the mill bar, and although many places want an old fashioned atmosphere- this place is the real deal. Like Cole's, the drinks are pretty good. I've heard they have live music, but for some reason I never seem to catch this place on the right night.
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Colleen Bierman
5 months ago
Dear Varnish, Although I'm sure your establishment is wonderful and I would love to travel all the way there from Ohio, I too am now being cold called from your phone number and location. How do we stop this? Sincerely, Me
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Christine Tran
a year ago
Located inside Cole's French Dip is this amazing speakeasy. The Varnish is small, intimate, and dimly lit. Cocktails are made using fresh herbs and organic juices. Try the Eastside martini made with cucumber and gin. Refreshing! Bartenders are very knowledgeable. Tell them what you feel like and they will not disappoint you.
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David Ashley
7 months ago
Super cool. No phones allowed.


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