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ENJOY A COCKTAIL AT A SPECTACULAR SPEAKEASY BAR

A speakeasy, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, is an illicit establishment that sells alcoholic beverages, or a retro style bar that replicates aspects of historical speakeasies.

LA DESCARGA IN LOS ANGELES

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Address: 1159 N Western Ave, Los Angeles

Parking: Street parking

Phone: 323-466-1324

Website: http://www.ladescargala.com

Chandeliers hang from distressed ceilings and candles flicker at intimate leather booths, creating a tarnished elegance that is warm, sultry and hauntingly beautiful. Live musicians play nightly from the overhead balcony, where dancers shake their assets during burlesque shows Thursdays through Saturdays. 

 

A well-dressed, slightly more mature crowd fills all available space in this pocket-sized palace. The atmosphere starts out reserved and gradually livens up, with a background of salsa music punctuated by the sound of cocktail shakers and the fragrance of freshly muddled mint—someone’s inevitably going to order a mojito, after all.

 

If you don’t have a table, it’s standing room only, but you won’t mind when a saxophonist bursts into song in your midst and you realize you’ve got the best view of the burlesque show. After you’ve joined in on a chorus of "Guantanamera," your standing area becomes a dance floor, and there’s no use resisting.

How to get inside: From the street, La Descarga appears only in name on an otherwise nondescript East Hollywood apartment building. After you’ve cleared the doorman and crept up a dingy, candlelit stairwell, you are greeted by a hostess who directs you through a dusty armoire leading not to Narnia, but old Havana.