1760 N Vermont Ave, Hollywood, CA | Directions 9002734.103071 -118.291667
Mon - Sat 4:30pm - 11pm
Sun 4:30pm - 11pm
Mon - Sat 4:30pm - 2am
Sun 4:30pm - 12am
Tue - Sat "Marty & Elayne"
Sun - Mon "The Drinks Trio"
Neighborhoods: Los Feliz, Central LA
What makes the Dresden such a classic place to drink is that it has and always will be a neighborhood bar in Los Feliz. Yes, it's famous for being in the movie Swingers, but if you speak to the right local, he might tell you a story about a conversation he had with Charles Bukowski or John Cassavetes. Come watch Marty and Elayne at the piano in the lounge, or have dinner in the beautiful dining room to impress a date.
Dresden is a neighborhood staple of Los Feliz. You may recognize it from a few movies, including Swingers. You can either enjoy the restaurant for dinner or drinks at the lounge and some live music!
Years of the Dresden Room – A bit of history,. My father, Paul, owned a beauty shop across the street from the DR from 1922-1962. The DR still a favorite and Sarno's was great just down Vermont.
Throwback vibe and great tom collins to oot – The first time I walked into this place I immediately thought of my ostentatious grandma's living room. I have never had the chance to eat at their restaurant, but when walking into the bar it was like taking a step back into the 1960s in the best way possible. The bartenders really know their drinks and I had one of the best Tom Collins ever. The only downer to my experience was that with the crowd it was a little difficult order a drink. I definitely want to give the restaurant a shot.
Get comfy in an old-school booth – Who goes to live music at a place like the Dresden and says it's too loud? Go back to bed then and the rest of us will enjoy it. The Dresden takes you back to another world time, feeds you well, and gives you classic entertainment. Love it.
A Los Angeles icon! – If you live in Los Angeles, you know you need to hit up The Dresden at least once. A great spot and a step back to another point in time!
Terrible service – I went there with my husband on our first date after our baby was born. The food was terrible and the waitress was rude. She brought me the wrong order and told me right in my face that it was my fault. I will not got back.
Loud – I arrived before the lounge act started and was able to enjoy conversation and my glass of house wine. Once the act started, it was so loud, we had to leave the room. The musicians seemed fine, they played well, but they were so loud that it was painful to listen to and you could not hear what the person next to you was saying. The decor was fun, I just wish the music was not so loud, I would have enjoyed myself much more. Some of my friends ate there and did enjoy the food. For the most part the staff was nice.
Perennial Los Feliz lounge keeps retro-kitschy glam alive. – Built in 1964, this Los Feliz institution was going strong long before it was immortalized in "Swingers" and gave Vince Vaughn a career. The grand dining room is a kitschy wonder of high ceilings, white booths, bright-orange accents, faux Asian screens and an Italian-leaning steakhouse menu. But through the arched walls is where the real action is: Walls made of rock, gold metal-encased pendant lamps and sienna leather booths set the scene for Marty and Elayne, the black-clad duo who've effectively owned this room since 1982. Taking on everything from Captain and Tennille to the Bee Gees, the ageless geriatric pair have not only created the last vestige of swank dining and cocktail consumption in the tradition of Coconut Grove, but they've also made a stop here a veritable commandment in the bible of hip.
Love Marty and Elayne, HORRIBLE service – I frequent the Dresden often and to be honest we only go for Marty and Elayne. We usually choose to go on Monday nights because it's less crowded and parking is usually easier but even if theres no street parking you can park in the lot for $2.50. Tonight we encountered a horrible experience. If you go here, watch out for the over-processed blonde waitress. She seems sweet at first but watch her move for about 5 minutes and you realize she's a hummingbird on speed. I have friends that have seen her do lines in the ladies. She's a complete b*tch. She forced me to order a drink (I'm pregnant and was simply there to be with my friends, and I ordered an expensive meal thinking that it would make up for buying a drink), she said I couldn't replace a drink with food so my only healthy option was a $5 bottle of Evian water. We had a group of 5 including myself. She took 2 of our orders, took half an hour to help the 3 other customers in the lounge, came back to take the other 2 orders and left our other friend hanging for another half hour. Finally we got everything we ordered (in about a 3 hour time period) and the same friend tried to order an appetizer. She told him she wouldn't take his food order until she helped the customers buying drinks first. We were all incredibly kind to her despite her attitude and coke problems. Finally she brought our checks. She piled about 10 papers together, handed my friend a napkin and pen and had him seperate the bills and do the math himself. They're handwritten checks so I'm not sure why she didn't just write them all seperately... Anyway then she came to the table and loudly asked who had the gold card and said it was declined. My friend is very wealthy so I know his card could not be declined. It was embarassing and unnecessary for her to announce it to the entire lounge. Basically it was a good 4 hours of Hell at the Dresden. All because of this server. Marty and Elayne ROCK! :) Go to see them but avoid "blonde" waitress!
A Place With Real Character and Charm – I used to live on the same street as the Dresden, so it was a great place to just walk to with a friend when we decided to go out for lunch. There are a quite a few good restaurants in that four block span of Vermont where the Dresden is located. But just based on appearances Dresden is the most stately looking and inviting with an awning, stone and brick work on the outside with oval windows. I usually eat lunch late, so we ended up at the Dresden at around 2:30pm and the place was almost completely empty. The waiter asked if we had forgotten to eat lunch and right away you could see that this was the kind of place where they take service seriously not just a job that you take while you're waiting for something else. The red room looks like an old time bar, so we opted for the famous dining room with the white booths. The dining room is fairly small so, there is that feeling of cozyiness. But there is a lot of vertical interest with the tall decorations and it's beautiful. I've been to a lot of restaurants and I prefer the ones where the decor has real character, not just the crisp and clean look. If you have been to Taix on Sunset the feel here is somewhat similar although more casual. One diner was leaving just as we were perusing the menu, so we had the whole dining room to ourselves. How often does that happen in LA? The menu is very traditional fare with dishes like grilled chicken breast and prime rib. I ordered the prime rib, which looked like a hunk of meat when it came out, but the taste was exceptionally tender and good. My friend had the grilled chicken and was equally satisfied. There are no twists or hip LA concoctions on this menu, the basics probably haven't been changed in a long time. Basically, this is a place with a very unique look that is beautiful and you don't have to settle for bad food to get the experience.
absolutely horrible – i was truly looking forward to experienceing one of LA's must see shows. the dinner was inedible and NOT inexpensive. we then carried our coffee into the bar to see the 'show' and the waitress was rude and hustled drinks if we were going to stay for the "show". the snl parody is much better entertainment. save your money and go ANYwhere else.
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