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Villains Tavern
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Today 5:30 pm – 2:00 am
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1356 Palmetto St Los Angeles, CA 90013
1356 Palmetto StreetUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90013
(323) 637-4153villainstavern.com
$$$Bar, Cocktail Bar
Bar
Cocktail Bar
American Restaurant
Live Music Venue
Today 5:30 pm – 2:00 am
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:30 pm – 2:00 amWednesday 5:30 pm – 2:00 amThursday 5:30 pm – 2:00 amFriday 5:30 pm – 2:00 amSaturday 3:00 pm – 2:00 amSunday 3:00 pm – 12:00 am
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Artsy bar lures locals with vintage decor & artisanal drinks, plus live music on the outdoor stage.- Google
"Great mason jar drinks and carmel corn."
"Food is OK. Always have live bands that are good."
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Alexander Cain
3 months ago
Villians tavern is a bar for anyone who is looking for something a little bit different than the gentrified Downtown area that's been revamped. It reminds of how bars and restaurants in downtown used to be: pretty inconspicuous outside with an inside that is welcoming and open. Their moscow mules are really good and there is plenty of space to grab a seat at the bar or in their patio area.
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Abbie Ratcliff
6 months ago
Stopped in to wet the whistle. You can never go wrong with a pull or two of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat draft. Justin is manning the post behind the hunk of oak and boy is he on point today. Always enjoyable talking with him. Forgot to make mention of a special they had last week. Fettuccine bologna.Oh My Goodness. I have had this dish in one form or another from several other fine eateries,but I can't put my finger on one specific item in this particular dish.I can but it would be messy. that really jumped out at me. Chef Brian has a way with turning something potentially ordinary into something worth remembering. Pasta was just the al dent that made it toothsome but good. The vegetables in the bologna sauce were of the size that you knew you were eating something from the garden. Anytime one of the servers tells you that is on the menu, jump at the chance to get an order. You will not be disappointed.
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stephanie papp
5 months ago
Saw Villians listed on Thrillists over a year ago and have been several times since. It's not the easiest place to see as it's away from the bump and grind of the DTLA bar scene or any DTLA scene for that topic. The first time I walked into the bar from the parking lot, after getting carded, YAY!! I was in awe at the monumental arch of medicine bottles is a trip, oldfangled bar, the unique mirrored art piece above rows of various alcohols, and the cozy seating area upstairs that overlooks the entrance and the bar below. But wait, there's more, stepping to the left of the bar, you'll find yourself on a covered outdoor patio with well placed tables and chairs, as well as high tables and bar stools. In addition, here you will find a stage for all the live entertainment that performs every night. Although the ladies room is a large single, that has always been well stocked when I've had to use it, there are several port-o-potties outside for customer use. Villains full bar and a good choice of beer served in mason jars is sure to live up to any palate. As far as the food, everything that I've consumed was better than average bar grub. Their fries are off the hook lip smackin' good, cooked to order and covered in Paprika, Cayenne, Herbs, Sweet Garlic. Another of my faves are the Tempura style Green Beans with a Chili Aioli dipping sauce. You like caramel corn? Well, their corn is not just caramel, it's Salted Caramel Corn made with Bacon & Bourbon, Caramel, Sea Salt, Black Pepper and it were gone in thirty seconds. Villian's food and libations are reasonably priced and the atmosphere various depending on when you go. I've gone when it's relatively quiet, except for the music playing over the speakers, relaxing on a squishy couch upstairs or hanging out on the patio, as well as when it's hoppin' with people and live music. I agree, Villians has an unpretentious vibe and is pretty kick ass. The staff is all very friendly, personable and really know their alcohol. If you don't know what you want, they will ask questions about your likes and mix one for you. Or, if you like beer, they are very good at narrowing down your choices and offering a spot on suggestions. Writing this review is giving me a hankerin' to go again. Hmm...*checks calendar*
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Vegas and Food
8 months ago
We came here for quick bites during happy hour. waited 30 minutes to order (groups of girls came after us but they didn't wait in line and they started ordering bunch of drinks before us). Then we waited another 20-25 minutes, we see the waiter has our food but he went to some other table. Waited another 5 minutes, found out our waiter gave our food to some other table. Waited another 10 minute or so to get our food. So yeah, we were here for an hour to get fries and two orders of sliders. I thought the food was fine, but the service SUCKS. Sorry, not going back.
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Bryan DeLoach
2 months ago
Great spot. Fun vibe, good folksy bands, big patio, parking lot ($5). Easy going bartenders and a good booze selection. Get the beer & shot for $10. You can thank me at another time.
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Marissa McMillion
8 months ago
Fun happy hour, sometimes has cool bands that play or a fun theme night. Any beer or cocktail is well made or served. Food is good, better than your average bar food. Atmosphere is chill, can get packed. Like that it is hidden in DTLA.
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John Wie
7 months ago
Villains Tavern is a cool little DTLA bar that has a lot of atmosphere and some personality (and can get quite busy too depending on when you go). They have their own little parking lot (valet was $5 on a Monday night). When you enter, you'll be greeted by an open space to the left with a stage, a smoking area beyond that, and to the right, the actual bar which also has seats upstairs. The bar has a really rustic feel with bottles lining the walls high. The waiters are all dressed in early 20th century garments and are pretty helpful. Drinks are the main focus here with some of my favorites including the cucumber/white egg mixed moonshine and their signature cocktails (I went with the tequila drink). For me, the biggest downer was the food - it wasn't that great the night we went but the atmosphere, the drinks and the live music (even on a Monday night) was well worth it. Expect prices to be about $9+ for nearly everything.
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Matthew Schmidgall
a year ago
I work close to villains and have been here many times, I like the bar and the vibe but, I have yet to have gone to a bar that takes longer to serve a drink. If your looking for a cool joint and willing to wait in line at the bar for 30-45min just to order a beer and some decent food this is your place. Don't get me wrong it's not the amount of people in line it's the fact that they keep the place so under staffed and the bar tenders take there time on each drink. Drinks are great and food is ok but the managers need to figure out how to keep the bar moving, maybe have more than one bartender on Friday nights...
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