118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001434.044801 -118.249476
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Historic Core, Downtown
Nominated as one of the top bars in America, The Varnish is a hidden "speakeasy" bar in downtown LA. It's small and the set-up isn't exactly conducive to picking up arm candy. With booths and a small bar to spare, The Varnish is more fitting as a place to round-up your friends and talk over mind-boggling drinks.
Hidden speakeasy bar that creates your cocktail with fresh ingredients. Don't get fussy, it'll take about 10 minutes to get your drink perfect and you're going to love it.
Voted the best bar in America for a very good reason. Every drink is made with precision and care.
One of the best classic cocktail spots in LA. I prefer to go with "bartender's choice" and suggest a spirit. I've discovered some great new recipes this way. Ambiance is reminiscent of days long since passed.
Fabulous atmosphere – After one of my friends raved about Varnish, I went with some of my coworkers to check it out: the atmosphere is amazing, but the drinks all seemed fairly generic to me (which was surprising considering the reviews I'd heard). I ordered a Fizzy something, which was basically just a high-priced mojito. I'd say the prices are worth it just for the ambiance and the cool factor of strutting through Cole's and entering the back speakeasy through the unmarked door, but the drinks themselves haven't been anything to write home about in my experience. Still, definitely worth a trip downtown.
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