Golden Gopher

(213) 614-8001

417 W Eighth St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions   90014

34.044908 -118.256291

Open Hours

Saturday To Wednesday From 08:00 PM To 02:00 AM Thursday To Friday From 05:00 PM To 02:00 AM

 
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More Categories: Restaurants

Bar & Club Special Features: 21 & Over, After Work, Specialty Cocktails

Bar & Club Type of Music: Funk, Soul & R&B, Punk, Rock & Pop

Bar & Pub Special Features: Happy Hour

Payment Methods: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Historic Core, Central LA, Downtown

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Golden Gopher

Reviews for Golden Gopher

Recommends
4.0

Great downtown Bar – This place now gets sort of forgotten now that so much more has opened downtown, including the owner's other places, Broadway Bar and Seven Grand, but this is the one that really helped kickstart the revitalization of downtown. I like that it's spacious and friendly. The patio is nice. They even have an old liquor license where you can buy stuff to go. It can be a little fratty at times during the school year due to proximity to USC.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Rock+booze=Golden Gopher – awsome place to hang out no dress code just be your self and enjoy the night and pick out some tunes with friends you'll have fun.

Not trendy at all

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Hidden Gem of Downtown LA – I discovered the GG about one year ago and its now my favorite all around bar. It may look a little shady from the outside but on the inside it's a whole different world. I love how everytime I've gone (mostly on Friday nights) there is never a line outside and they don't charge you cover. It does get pretty crowded, and it is a pretty small space but the eclectic crowd gives you a great opportunity to mingle and chat. Every person I've brought here loves it. The bartenders are great and friendly and drinks are reasonable (although they can be a little stingy on the liquor). The music they play is great and the overall ambience is wonderful. Such a change of pace from the usual Hollywood trendy scene.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

offsite liquor and 80's arcade games? hell yes! – another great establishment by Cedd Moses. Great crowd, vibe, and old school arcade games. It gets a bit crowded over the weekends, especially in the smoking patio outside."

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

BINGO NIGHT – Not to be too judgemental, but the bar was full of elderly business people trying to reclaim their glory years. I thought they were checking AARPcards at the door. I thought the decor was great and the small outdoor patio was perfect for a quick spoke or some fresh air. They should also have music outside if possible.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Trendy, but smelly. – It was fairly full on the Friday I went. Bartenders were slow and selective, and the whole place smelled like upchuck.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Downtown L.A. Bar – I would rank this bar as one of the top in the downtown area based on the following characteristics: uniqueness (thumbs up), level of pretentiousness (non-existent), people (great mix of suits, casual, posh), vibe (relaxed), and best of all - drinks (very good). The only shortcoming of this bar is size...it could get REALLY busy on certain nights. If you're more of the pretentious type, stroll a few blocks to the 'way-past-its-prime' Standard a few blocks away. If you want character and something new, this is your place.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Good Scene, Low Key, DT Must – Great Spot! Without the neon sign, it would be hard to find this narrow drinking spot. The GG is tucked away on 8th street, in a narrow space that makes its home in Downtown LA. The service is excellent, the bar tenders are on top of things, and the smoking patio is always a nice visit. No view or too much of a scene, just a nice place for local artists, musicians and good people to throw back a few and not have to worry about who's watching.

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Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Relaxed "Neighborhood" Spot – A very relaxed, chill environment. Everytime I've been there it's been an eclectic mixture of suits, hipsters, college kids, etc. and everybody seems to fit in nicely. The service is good and the staff are laidback and friendly and definitely set the tone for the overall atmosphere of the place. Seems like there's a decent-sized crowd most weeknights but the best part is stepping in on a Saturday night and seeing the place packed. It tells me people are discovering downtown 'again'. If there was a real neighborhood around it, it would definitely fit within the category of neighborhood bar. Go with an open mind and you won't be disappointed.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

It's downtown baby! – The place! Mix crowd, relaxed but funky! Cool ambiance, dark interiors, tables tops are videogames, full screen wall, and fancy chandeliers. The best part is the awesome INSIDE patio where you can smoke and look at downtown skylights, feel like youre in N.Y., San Francisco or Milan. Extra extended happy hours with I can get two of that drink make this bar one of those that you return to.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Nice little spot... – before when i first went here, there were no signs outside. i'm like, "what the heck am i going to expect?" what i found inside were some pretty hot ladies!! i went two weeks ago and they added a sign :( but all good. still, the space inside is long and there's a nice little open air patio for you smokers out there. there's plenty of seating but they're always taken. nice, chill vibe. my friends and i enjoyed it and would go again!

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