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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 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

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The Varnish, Los Angeles, CA

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

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. 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 Wednesday nights. The drink menu lists 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 limited snacks (roasted nuts, pickled vegetables, pound cake).

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