The Varnish

Speakeasy, Cocktail, Lounge
$ $ $
118 E 6th St (at Main St)
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-9999
7:00pm - 2:00am
7:00pm - 2:00am
7:00pm - 2:00am
7:00pm - 2:00am
7:00pm - 2:00am
7:00pm - 2:00am
7:00pm - 2:00am


  • Coolest backroom downtown. This aint no sports bar, so order a cocktail and carry yourself with some class because thats what this crowd demands.
  • A collaboration between cocktail heroes Sasha Petraske and Eric Alperin, the Varnish is accessible only through a secret door at the newly renovated Cole's, downtown L.A.'s century-old public house.
  • The bartenders are some of the best in the city, so name the spirit and put yourself in their hands with the Bartender's Choice.
  • LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010 pick - Best Speakeasy!
  • Have Chris make you a Bitter Bee. Anything he makes is delish
  • Order a Monte Carlo!
  • Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. The cocktails are flawless, and all of them are consumed right-side up. Order a Remember the Maine, with rye and Cherry Heering.
  • A Master Cognac class on 2/5 finds Eric Alperin divulging his secrets: in addition to getting the sidecar and vieux carr down pat, youll mix up a cognac Manhattan and original Varnish masterpiece.
  • During the week it's really cool to go to the roof and check out the view of downtown L.A. -Danielle Keene, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Refreshing drink: The Holland Fix. <3
  • Order the Old Fashioned, which is the best anywhere. Fun fact: Bartender Eric Alperin taught Ryan Gosling how to make one for film Crazy Stupid Love.
  • Enjoy. You're currently in the Best American Cocktail Bar via 2012 Spirited Awards from Tales of the Cocktail.
  • New York style cocktails in downtown LA, from the people behind Gotham's Milk & Honey. The drinks lean toward perfect executions of simple classics.
  • This cozy Downtown bar hosts live jazz piano each Monday night -- so cure your case of the Mondays with a retreat to a hidden urban oasis.
  • Here, the city's best bartenders, including Eric Alperin & Marcos Tello, mix cocktails in a speakeasy-like space. Try the Holland Red Light, a cocktail made with Genever, the Dutch-style gin.
  • a very new york-like speakeasy feel in the back room here you know, if you're feeling nostalgic for home. snag a table in one of the booths by the back wall and have them mix up your faves
  • I'm a fan of the Brown Derby. Whiskey, grapefruit and honey. It sounds weird yet it's amazing. Or maybe I just have a drinking problem...
  • Ask for a Ramos Gin Fizz (if you drink gin), otherwise tell the Bar Maestros what your poison is and let them take it from there.
  • Very loud, very crowded (small room in the back of Coles), but the cocktails are some of the best I've ever had. Bonus points if you come dressed in 1920s attire.
  • Loved this place! They've live music Sunday-Tuesday. Prices are reasonable, but the best thing is the ambiance and secret location: this speakeasy is in the back of Cole's bar.

Nearby places

118 E 6th St (at Main St)
107 E 6th St
110 E 6th St (btwn Main & Los Angeles St)