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The Varnish

118 E. Sixth St. (S. Main St.) Send to Phone
A speakeasy-style bar tucked away inside Cole's downtown.

Open nightly

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The Varnish, Los Angeles, CA

The Varnish Restaurant Review

: This speakeasy-style bar is tucked away inside Cole’s, the historic downtown restaurant famous for their French dip sandwiches. To find it, walk to the back of Cole’s, where there’s a plain door with a small sign on it listing the bar’s hours. A maître d' will either lead you to a table or place your name on a wait list, since this small bar can get quite crowded. Inside, dim lighting reveals a bar with a few stools, wood tables, benches covered with leather cushions, black and white photos on the walls, and a white tiled floor. A piano sits alongside the booths, and live music is featured Sunday through Tuesday nights. The drink menu sits on a clipboard facing the wall, listing a few craft cocktails that rotate with the seasons. The bartenders can also create a custom-made cocktail according to your flavor and spirit preferences. Unique two-by-three-inch ice cubes, which are cut by a chainsaw from a large block of ice, keep drinks cold without diluting their potency. The Varnish also has beer, wine and house-made punches.
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