The Varnish
Hidden speakeasy serves craft cocktails
Bar · Downtown · $$$
The Zagat Review
“Service is incredible” at this “beautiful” , “too-cool-for-school” Downtown speakeasy hidden behind a “secret door” at the back of Cole’s restaurant; the bartenders will “let you sample tons of liquor” then “make a drink depending on your poison” , and though the craft cocktails “aren’t cheap” , they’re “worth every penny” , especially because of the “giant ice cubes” – a sure sign you’re in a temple of mixology.
hours Open Today · 7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
location 118 East 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA phone +1 213-265-7089 website directions Get Directions
Known For
Great cocktails
People watching
Great cocktails
Zagat Mentions of The Varnish
Google Reviews
This is such a cool spot! My local friends take their guests here and now I can see why! The menu changes every 6 months based on a new theme and I applaud the artistic inspiration with each drink! Every drink on the menu is so carefully thought up and a true delicate balance of spirit and truly original items. I can't wait to go back next and see what the creatiivity and try it out!
Antonia Wheeler · February 23, 2018
Drinks are fantastic. Ordered the bartender's choice and the waiter was open to getting to know the kind of drinks I like to make one suitable for my taste palette. Reason for 4 stars: Wait time was quite long to get a table. After we ordered drinks, it took over 10 minutes to get them to our table.Amazing cocktails, great service, old-school vibe. Can't beat it. Grab a Kentucky Colonel (if you're a bourbon fan).
lee luna · December 14, 2017
Really nice place, I found out about it thanks to a friend of mine. The place is very nice and small. Also the quality of the cocktail was very high and the price is not so bad. I recommend it!
Paolo Gentili · March 20, 2018