Ever get tired of the trendy, white-walled, sleek-marbled VIP-list BS of Los Angeles bars? Then take off that bedazzled-dragon collared shirt and come visit Roger Room at 370 La Cienega, by Beverly Blvd.
Unless you’re on the lookout, you’ll drive by Roger Room without realizing it. Next to renowned comedy club/ live music venue Largo, Roger Room is one of those bars you wouldn’t think to go to unless you had tickets to Patton Oswalt…but now you know better.
Zip inside and you’ll wonder if you’ve stumbled back in time into a speakeasy. The bartenders' outfits are reminiscent of classic 1920s attire and chances are you’ll see at least a few handlebar moustaches and lots of suspenders. The mirrored ceiling and dark interior mimic the vibe of a gentleman’s club and the drinks don’t disappoint. But the intimate seating area can make it difficult to converse with friends if you came with a group, so make sure to arrive early.
The cocktail list is a smidge on the pricey side, but is well worth the investment. (Hey, they’ve earned that right by offering up 3 different Absinthe concoctions!) If whiskey is your poison of choice, you have to try the Thug. (Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Barenjager Honey Liqueur, Lemon Juice and Spicy Habanero Bitters - DELICIOUS!) Or go with vodka and sip on their Four Aces. (Svedka, Basil, Green Grapes, Lime Juice and Canton Ginger Liqueur.) If you prefer something straight up, they’ve also stocked a healthy assortment of quality spirits.
So next time you’re planning a trip to Largo or you’re in the neighborhood, channel your inner Prohibitionist and drink in the exuberance of Roger Room.