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Frolic Room

Dive Bar and Bar$$$$
Central Hollywood, Los Angeles
  • Derek W.
    "Perfect for drinks after work at the lovely Pantages next door."(5 Tips)
    Jake G.
    "Rockin' jukebox and don't forget to order the popcorn"(7 Tips)
    "probably talk about Bukowski Mondays."(4 Tips)
    Linda L.
    "perfect place for a pre-show and/or intermission drink!"(3 Tips)
55 Tips and reviews
  • jukebox
  • pantages
  • popcorn
  • cheap drinks
  • bukowski
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  • Colin N.
    Colin NelsonFebruary 20
    Oldest dive bar in LA. Very small, but cool atmosphere
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 10, 2016
    This bar is a haunt of Kevin Spacey's Jack Vincennes in 1997's film adaptation of James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential."
  • Amy🌙 B.
    Amy🌙 B. AstApril 29, 2016
    Great classic dive bar that been around for a long time.
  • Solario
    SolarioAugust 3, 2015
    Best bar in Hollywood. Right in the thick of things, but so incredibly unpretentious.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥February 13, 2015
    This place has lots of character
  • Adrian Y.
    Adrian YuenFebruary 8, 2015
    Lots of regulars, nice small dive
  • Abi P.
    Abi PanickerJanuary 12, 2015
    Awesome bar, my kinda place
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsDecember 23, 2014
    See a show at the Pantages, grab some shots here during intermission for an even better second half.
  • Ralph D.
    Ralph DiazNovember 9, 2014
    Favorite place in Hollywood for an ice cold beer! One of the few places with real character.
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoOctober 29, 2014
    It's always nice and cheery here. Never any bad vibes, but if you don't like tight spaces avoid this place.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 4, 2014
    Check out Frolic Room as seen on Best Bars in America Read more
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreAugust 9, 2014
    The jukebox here is AWESOME. The people who seem to frequent this place are super nice as is the staff.
  • Larry T.
    Larry ThorsonJuly 4, 2014
    Bouncer was kind of a dick
  • Joe C.
    Joe CacaceMay 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat popcorn, drink alcohol.
  • M. D.
    M. DonilagDecember 21, 2013
    Feel the spirit of old Hollywood as Satchmo plays on the juke box and Buk's black velvet asks for another drink.
  • Johnnie F.
    Johnnie FioriNovember 6, 2013
    Love this place. Day or night!
  • Eric F.
    Eric FritschiOctober 20, 2013
    Count the occurrences of "NINA" in the Hirschfeld mural
  • Steve C.
    Steve CesareSeptember 15, 2013
    Cool chill spot!
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SaylorMay 25, 2013
    Way better than Formosa. Place is clean friendly and the oldest bar is Hollywood.
  • Karen D.
    Karen DanielApril 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    John Belushi used to drink here. Often.
  • Linda L.
    Linda LuiApril 5, 2013
    perfect place for a pre-show and/or intermission drink! cheap drinks, chill crowd, friendly bartender!
  • Zach S.
    Zach SmithDecember 10, 2012
    Favorite dive bar in the country! Ask for some freshly popped popcorn!
  • Nina C.
    Nina ChanNovember 24, 2012
    Cheap drinks and good music!
  • F.J. L.
    F.J. LennonSeptember 3, 2012
    There's a big surprise at the end of the novel Devil's Gate that occurs in the Frolic Room. Read more
  • Alexis
    AlexisJuly 6, 2012
    Old school, classic dive bar on the strip
  • Jeanne H.
    Jeanne H.March 28, 2012
    These guys have an excellent juke box.
  • JB
    JBMarch 20, 2012
    Good for pre or post Pantages drinking. Or just general Hollywood binging.
  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistoryFebruary 8, 2012
    Featured in 311's Frolic Room & rumored to have been a speakeasy during prohibition for performers/guests at the Pantages Theatre (ask to see the stairs,) this is the last true bar on Hollywood Blvd.
  • Jake G.
    Jake GoldmanDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best tasting Bud draft in LA. Rockin' jukebox and don't forget to order the popcorn
  • Autumn
    AutumnDecember 14, 2011
    Drinks are strong and mike the daytime bartender on mon, tues and wed is very attentive and nice!
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AngellNovember 17, 2011
    Best Agwa bar in town.
  • Michaela
    MichaelaOctober 22, 2011
    The first rule about Bukowski Mondays is that you should probably talk about Bukowski Mondays.
  • Julianna Y.
    Julianna YoungSeptember 17, 2011
    When celebrating at the Frolic Room don't be afraid to rip napkins into confetti and throw them on your friends as the jump out of a birthday cake.
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SandersAugust 3, 2011
    A dark dive bar with Hollywood murals on the wall. They mix a stiff whiskey sour for $4.25. Old school prices.
  • Lindsay F.
    Lindsay FultzJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    A dive bar must! Cheap drinks, great juke. Walk-in, stumble out. Great people watching. They get a lot of spill over traffic from the Pantages before, intermission and after shows...that kinda suck
  • Andrea V.
    Andrea ValverdeJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Even though I'm now a non-smoker cigarette machines still thrill me.
  • Derek W.
    Derek WilsonMay 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Good music, friendly staff, crazy collection of locals and blow-ins. Perfect for drinks after work at the lovely Pantages next door.
  • Ched R.
    Ched RickmanMay 6, 2011
    Some of the charm is lost after they switched to a digital jukebox, but this place is still like jumping into a very cool time machine. Reasonable prices for the heart of Hollywood, too.
  • Pan V.
    Pan Vs PanApril 15, 2011
    Careful what you wish for
  • Josh M.
    Josh MApril 1, 2011
    $3.50 domestic beers on rainy days.
  • Sam M.
    Sam MicletteMarch 12, 2011
    311 wrote a song about this bar. The jukebox is amazing and Joel makes the strongest drinks.
  • Cate C.
    Cate CundiffFebruary 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the popcorn, tip the bartenders, and enjoy the music.
  • Amy H.
    Amy HateleyJanuary 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Eavesdropping is amazing here. Cheap drinks too!
  • F.J. L.
    F.J. LennonJanuary 12, 2011
    Favorite bar and regular hangout of Soul Trapper's protagonist, Kane Pryce.
  • Brandon D.
    Brandon DJanuary 7, 2011
    Yes! Great juke. Walked into Op ivy... And so the night went
  • sam s.
    sam sanchezDecember 28, 2010
    Walk towards the end of the bar for a seat!
  • Mickey O.
    Mickey O'HareDecember 14, 2010
    Check out the mural
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Walk through the door straight to 1948, very cool, and the drinks are fine. -Mark Peel, Top Chef
  • David M.
    David MichaelOctober 4, 2010
    nice..Mike Tyson is here. always fun 2 catch the occasional celeb @ this classic Hollywood dive...
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DerSeptember 30, 2010
    Old school popcorn.... Keep it real!
  • Rocco C.
    Rocco CarrozzaJuly 22, 2010
    Hands down the best jukebox in LA
  • Cora D.
    Cora De JesusMay 2, 2010
    Ask the bartender to cook you up a fresh bowl of yummy popcorn while you're sippin' on that extra strong drink that you're gonna regret in the morning!
  • Breanne W.
    Breanne WahlApril 20, 2010
    Bartender Mike hosts Bukowski night on Mondays. Get there by 5pm.
  • Crystal M.
    Crystal MartinezApril 9, 2010
    go to the bukowski readings on monday evenings
  • Johnny H.
    Johnny HellrideJanuary 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink something dumbass!
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