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Hotel Cafe

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Lounge
Central Hollywood, Los Angeles
78 Tips and reviews
  • intimate
  • music
  • show in la
  • alley
  • valet parking
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  • The Wild Honey Pie
    The Wild Honey PieOctober 17, 2017
    Hotel Cafe opened as a small coffee shop in 2000 to host singer/songwriters. Now it has two stages and is a common starting point for many successful musicians.
  • Linda P.
    Linda PerrySeptember 27, 2017
    Beautiful room - great sound
  • Elisabeth L.
    Elisabeth LongshoreAugust 19, 2016
    Intimate, cozy venue. Loved it.
  • Joe H.
    Joe HooverMarch 20, 2016
    Very intimate, great scene.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GaldiMarch 12, 2016
    Great personal venue. They have some great performers and a cost atmosphere
  • John K.
    John KiddeFebruary 12, 2016
    An intimate venue showcasing some of the great up and coming, and sometimes established, acts. Decent beer prices & close to the Red Line.
  • Niku A.
    Niku AzamJune 15, 2015
    Cool Little hole in the wall spot. The green room is tiny!
  • Evelyn B.
    Evelyn BROWNApril 23, 2015
    Intimate venue for indie music shows.
  • Esti M.
    Esti MarieMarch 21, 2015
    Awesome hidden gem.
  • Gayle H G.
    Gayle H GreenbergJanuary 18, 2015
    Awesome music!!!
  • Charlotte K.
    Charlotte KinzieDecember 15, 2014
    Great venue!! Valet parking within walking distance.
  • Erika B.
    Erika BurkeOctober 30, 2014
    All American rejects! Just hanging with Tyson at the bar before the show. No biggie.
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PolinarSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love playing this venue. One of the prime locations for singer/songwriters in Los Angeles area. From unknowns to legends, this place is the spot to see and hear them play.
  • Daniele G.
    Daniele GiustoAugust 31, 2014
    Quite charming music venue
  • Conor C.
    Conor ClancyJuly 24, 2014
    One of the coolest venues to see live music in Los Angeles. Acts such as Katy Perry, Sara Barreiles and Fitz & The Tantrums got their start here!
  • Wes T.
    Wes TateJune 14, 2014
    Drinks here suck
  • Wading T.
    Wading TimeFebruary 15, 2014
    Cozy lounge/venue
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny SwiatowyNovember 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Totally new menu. Empanadas only. No mas quesadilla. :-/
  • Gloria Z.
    Gloria ZahradnikOctober 7, 2013
    Get there early to grab a table. The place is very small and dark.
  • Songza Music
    Songza MusicSeptember 27, 2013
    While best know for launching the careers of singer-songwriters like Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles, Hotel Café also boasts it's very own tour and record label.
  • Den Y.
    Den YSeptember 10, 2013
    Great small venue to watch a show (catch your fave band/music artist) for that up close and intimate atmosphere experience.
  • July Q.
    July QueenAugust 3, 2013
    Such a great little intimate venue! Glad I got to catch a small promo show for Tom Odell before he gets big.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Listen to local singer-songwriters at this intimate venue.
  • Gary B.
    Gary BennettJuly 13, 2013
    Sara Routh plays here frequently - check her out!
  • JNET
    JNETJuly 7, 2013
    Percy the bartender is awesome. Ask him to make you a gin lizzy :). He can make it w vodka if you prefer.
  • Nico S.
    Nico SupitMay 22, 2013
    Still in the morning..very tired..sleeping lah
  • Nico S.
    Nico SupitMay 22, 2013
    Still in the morning..Very tired,,sleeping dululah...
  • Nico S.
    Nico SupitMay 22, 2013
    Still in the Morning,, very tired..sleeping lah..
  • Nico S.
    Nico SupitMay 22, 2013
    Still in the morning,,very tired..
  • Sam S.
    Sam SCORCESEApril 18, 2013
    Sun- W, libertine Mon- Hotel Cafe, Tues- LaVida, premiere, Supper club Wed- Rnb Live, Dragonfly THurs-Roxbury, Greystone, LesPalmas Fri- premire
  • Casey O.
    Casey OttmannApril 4, 2013
    I saw William Beckett here and it was my first time to this venue. He sounded incredible and the venue rocked. Definitely coming back!
  • crazy h.
    crazy houseMarch 26, 2013
    the live show was awesome: Dinner in a Suit. and the Writers Block! well done!
  • Matthew J.
    Matthew JonesFebruary 6, 2013
    One of the best places for music in Los Angeles. My personal favorite. I'm blown away every time.
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KaplanDecember 9, 2012
    Ruthanne killed it, per usual.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MartinOctober 3, 2012
    Amazing intimacy.
  • Ivan M.
    Ivan MartinezSeptember 30, 2012
    Get the whiskey.
  • Elaine H.
    Elaine HoxieSeptember 11, 2012
    Super soul Monday's...don't miss out! And it's free :-)
  • Luis M.
    Luis MendozaAugust 25, 2012
    If you talk during any set I come to...I will call you out. Promise. :)
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 25, 2012
    This place gets hot, as in ‘sweating through my shirt.’ If you’re in the standing section, hide out under one of the ceiling fans. At least you’ll catch a breeze that makes the temperature tolerable. Read more
  • Phil B.
    Phil BlytheJune 6, 2012
    This place is nice, but the bartender made the worst old fashioned. No orange, no cherry. Cointreau and
  • Where Los Angeles Magazine
    Every LA singer-songwriter worth mentioning has probably paid her dues playing at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Although it helps to do your research about the performers, many play here regularly. Read more
  • Meiko
    MeikoMay 11, 2012
    Ask for Ricky- He is a great bartender! I used to work with him all the time when I worked there!! Get Titus in the kitchen to make you some fries! YUM!
  • Roxanne
    RoxanneFebruary 22, 2012
    If a band/musician is playing don't talk.
  • Fling Girl
    Fling GirlFebruary 13, 2012
    Love seeing shows here, and a good place for dates
  • Myspace
    MyspaceFebruary 13, 2012
    A one of a kind venue in the heart of Hollywood. Charming décor and friendly staff. We don't even need to mention the caliber of artists to come from this stage.
  • Kelly💕🍓
    Kelly💕🍓February 2, 2012
    Katy Perry used to play here<3
  • Line6
    Line6November 30, 2011
    This iconic Hollywood venue is small and intimate. Play loud? Bring flexible gear for crunch tones at low volumes. Also, consider getting a sound board recording. The sound engineers do a great job.
  • Tracy C.
    Tracy Crockett DaltonNovember 18, 2011
    This place is the most amazing place to see favorite artists. It's small, intimate and fantastic.
  • Julianna Y.
    Julianna YoungNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Chill out, enjoy the music and if you are feelin lucky get your groove on!
  • Gunnar W.
    Gunnar WaldmanOctober 16, 2011
    Jesse Thomas, closes with 'jolene'
  • Line 6
    Line 6October 12, 2011
    This iconic Hollywood venue is small and intimate. Play loud? Bring flexible gear for crunch tones at low volumes. Also, consider getting a sound board recording. The sound engineers do a great job.
  • Daniel Bedingfield
    Daniel BedingfieldSeptember 27, 2011
    I stop in here from time to time. Check out my freestyle beatbox jam with Blake Lewis: Read more
  • C. Vincent P.
    C. Vincent PlummerSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This is my favorite music venue in Hollywood. It's built for intimate concerts with great sound and upscale music tastes. You'll probably need to get parking (best is in alley - usually $5-8)
  • Portlandia
    PortlandiaJuly 27, 2011
    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.
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShonJune 28, 2011
    A place that's known to deliver solid music. I've seen some great artists here. Two bars and great crowd.
  • ConciergeQ
    ConciergeQJune 27, 2011
    What is your favorite indoor activity in Los Angeles? Laura Jansen: Singer- Songwriter & Chart Topper: "My adopted second home in Los Angeles is the amazing Hotel Cafe." Read more
  • Julian N.
    Julian NamJune 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing small venue. Charming indeed. Meiko performed an amazing show on 6/22; she used to work here as a waitress.
  • Jason Reeves
    Jason ReevesJune 6, 2011
    Hands down, my favorite place for living melodic art!
    RCRD LBLApril 13, 2011
    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.
  • Kendall
    KendallDecember 30, 2010
    My favorite place to see a show in LA hands down. Be sure to get there early if you want to snag a table.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LeeDecember 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Mickey O.
    Mickey O'HareDecember 17, 2010
    I want to visit this place.
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioOctober 28, 2010
    One of the best places to see shows in LA
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa ReznerOctober 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out Alex Dezen of the Damnwells on 11/4 and/or 11/11 - incredible songwriter!
  • stephtini
    stephtiniOctober 15, 2010
    Beautiful inside! (side note: extra chilly inside.)
  • sam s.
    sam sanchezOctober 13, 2010
    The back room is awesome, you can order fries too
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle EvensonSeptember 27, 2010
    Be sure to check out the monthly spoken word-music show Tongue and Groove.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CortezAugust 9, 2010
    Big fan of the clean Men's bathroom. :)
  • Hé Ré A.
    Hé Ré AJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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! :)
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2010
    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
  • Peter A.
    Peter ArnApril 20, 2010
    The best live music in town. Read more
  • StudioHEL
    StudioHELApril 19, 2010
    One of the best music lounges in LA for musicians, singers, songwriters. It has great acoustics, very intimate and cozy... Read more
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BobstMarch 6, 2010
    Bell X1 live very cool
  • Claudia Y.
    Claudia YuskoffDecember 20, 2009
    Great first date spot. Midnight shows here are always good!
  • Lauren :.
    Lauren :DDecember 11, 2009
    so far my favorite venue in LA. very small and intimate.
  • Selina
    SelinaNovember 14, 2009
    my favorite small music venue...great acts, nice staff. head down the alley and check it out.
  • Jacob L.
    Jacob LaCivitaSeptember 28, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Tongue & Groove - readings and music the last Sunday of each month @ 6pm
  • Hari U.
    Hari UMOCINovember 14, 2011
    singgah lah lu....
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