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The Hotel Cafe

Map & Directions 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • American, Mexican
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking


LA Weekly's Description

This live-music bar is more than just an inviting room for singer-songwriters to muse on their broken Hollywood dreams, half-baked romantic schemes and all that sort of stuff. The Hotel Cafe has become so synonymous with a certain style of mainstream yet high-level pop music that it annually presents its own national tour featuring folks like Cary Brothers. Other past performers and longtime regulars include such tunesmiths as Jesca Hoop, Meiko, John Mayer, Nellie McKay, Weezer, Jim Bianco, Terra Naomi, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Dar Williams, Pegi Young and Concrete Blonde's Johnette Napolitano. Since 2000, the former small coffeehouse, located just south of Hollywood Boulevard, has expanded into two rooms with full bars. The glittery front bar evokes a vintage Tinseltown hotel lobby, while the second and larger room is darker, with spherical hanging lamps casting a muted glow over a low stage and a stark red-velvet curtain. The cafe's menu includes paninis, salads, quesadillas and, in a nod to its coffeehouse past, a range of espresso specialties. Ages 21 & over.

Member Reviews

  • skip.mccraw wrote a review for The Hotel Cafe
    on 09/13/10

    A great venue to see local and not so local music acts.

  • mariannekeithmusic wrote a review for The Hotel Cafe
    on 05/25/10

    I've played here a few times. It's a great music venue. You have to love Hotel Cafe for the fact that people go here to listen to music - that's the thing about it.

  • Dana162 wrote a review for The Hotel Cafe
    on 05/18/10

    so i just made my way to Hotel Cafe a few weeks ago for the very first time and was blown away. the bands were amazing. the atmosphere was killer. it was such a great time. Very LA.

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  • IFC on 07/06/10

    LA's most charming place to watch live music. It's tucked away in an alley, so try not to pass it. This tiny venue has launched the careers of some of music's brightest. -IFC Viewer

  • Hé Ré A. on 07/18/10

    If you go to the Hotel Cafe, go to LISTEN not to talk (of if you must talk, do it between sets or outside because the rest of us are there to listen). Thanks! :)

  • Michelle L. on 12/28/10

    One of the best places in LA to catch a show. Please, shut up if someone is playing. You can take your conversation out the door to the back bar.

  • Jason Reeves on 06/06/11

    Hands down, my favorite place for living melodic art!

  • RCRD LBL on 04/13/11

    Walk in on any night of the week and you may be seeing the next Ray Lamontagne or Decemberists. Great, folk-leaning booking, gorgeous intimate room.

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