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La Descarga

Map & Directions 1159 Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
  • Tue-Sat 8pm-2am


LA Weekly's Description

To get into this speakeasy-themed Cuban oasis (in the space that used to be Blacklite), reservations are recommended and you'll need to wear somewhat dressy attire (no baseball hats, shorts or flip-flops). But La Descarga's dramatic details make it worth the trouble. If you make it past the guard outside, you'll get to walk up a stairway into what looks like a dilapidated hotel room. Inside, a pretty gal sits at a desk, checks off your name and opens the doors to an armoire filled with Ricky Ricardo garb, moving them aside to reveal an entryway. You walk through and - voila! - you're inside a dark and decadent hideaway boasting a fat roster of fancy rum drinks and a separate, semiventilated room for puffing on cigars. The sultriness of the experience reaches eye-popping heights a few times a night, when a scantily clad burlesque babe (backed by live Latin musicians) writhes about the room, hangs from the balcony and stomps atop the bar while eating and playing with fire. Hot, hot, hot!

Member Reviews

  • giordanobrunognosis wrote a review for La Descarga
    on 02/14/13

    This place is sad. After dealing with the reservations person, it sounded like it is on the verge of closing. Their policies regarding weekend "reservations" change daily and the whole club seems to reek of desperation - financial and otherwise. Is a "table reservation" required for 2, 4, 6 or 8 people? How many bottles per table minimum? What's the difference between the "guest... More >>

  • TamaraCamille wrote a review for La Descarga
    on 01/06/11

    I'm Cuban B....and this place is LEGIT. It offers up a sorta secret entrance (in a word -NARNIA), a burlesque floor and catwalk show, a dedicated cigar and premium rum room as well as an impressive menu of about 70 rums. Their Mojitos are SO good, and Honey Swizzle is even BETTER.

  • Anyuta wrote a review for La Descarga
    on 01/06/11

    A hidden gem in a gritty part of Hollywood. Gorgeous design and cool band. I recommend it, though I resent the "Hollywood" touches, such as velvet rope, the "handlers", etc. It's also extremely loud and way too packed to be able to show off your dance moves. But it is totally worth checking out, if only for its design and the cigar lounge.

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  • Thrillist on 02/08/10

    Figure out how to get in to this secret-entrance'd ode to pre-Fidel Havana. Once inside & drinking, select from their collection of 60+ rare and impossible-to-find rums & head into the cigar lounge

  • AskMen on 03/12/10

    You know a bar is worth going to when reservations are encouraged. From the live music and vintage cocktails to the cigar room and red oak bar, this will be a Friday night for the books.

  • LA Weekly on 03/23/11

    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info')

  • Jenn L. on 03/12/10

    my fave new bar! killer! bday party there on sat 3/27 baby!

  • Dakota F. on 02/22/13

    Performing weekly

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