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Villains Tavern

Villains Tavern

Bar and Cocktail Bar · Arts District
1356 Palmetto St (at S Santa Fe Ave.), Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Tue–Fri
    • 5:30 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 3:00 PM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

"If Jimi Hendrix and Jack the Ripper had opened a bar in the Haight in the 1860’s, this is what it would look like"


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    Monique C.
    "You must try the "Hanzo" cocktail!"(5 Tips)
    Callie M.
    "It may sound odd, but the Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn is a must!"(3 Tips)
    "The decor, the vibe, the originlaity, and the live band is great!"(15 Tips)
    Alex P.
    "Bonus: Bacon caramel corn and the Russian Mule."(2 Tips)
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  • live music
  • hanzo
  • cocktails
  • bourbon
  • beer
  • outdoor seating
  • lively
  • happy hour
  • good for a late night
  • russian mule
  • french fries
  • trendy
  • good for groups
  • good for dates
  • cozy
  • authentic
  • spacious
  • hipster
  • casual
  • intimate
  • Rodrigo A.

    Take the beer survey. Get a $500 beer card! Read more

    Rodrigo Araya · 1 week ago
  • Doug d.

    If you're a whiskey sour enthusiast, try the BellaDonna topped with blackberry bramble. It's easy to enjoy and refreshing. Cheers!

    Doug de Wet · 2 weeks ago
  • Melike Ö.

    Hanzo Coctail was perfect! And the band also!

    Melike Öz · August 27
  • Belinda

    The decor, the vibe, the originlaity, and the live band is great! The bar food was delicious. But I wouldnt come here for drinks. The drinks were okay n the bar service was horrible!

    Belinda · June 15
  • Andy F.

    Try the grilled cheese with shoestring french fries and Hanzo to drink!

    Andy Franco · June 14
  • Lina A.

    live band is nice, the fries are soo good and their cocktails.

    Lina A. · April 27
  • Sandra H.

    Everything!!! :) Love It!

    Sandra Hernandez · April 5
  • Connie C.

    The new age hipsters + barn party. Love that there's a live band.

    Connie Chiu · February 8
  • Adrian P.

    Great cocktails and a wide selection of beers on tap. Plenty of seating outside for larger groups. Come here for live music, it's usually pretty great with no cover.

    Adrian Phillips · January 13
  • Ben B.

    Kind of a medieval circus tent vibe. Huge gothic cathedral decor over the bar. Live music, great drinks, and a very cool crowd.

    Ben B · December 31, 2014
  • Arnie P.

    Grab a HANZO it's delicious.

    Arnie Panameño · December 29, 2014
  • Arnie P.

    There are 3 bars one up front one by the stage and a mini one out back in the smoking section.

    Arnie Panameño · December 29, 2014
  • Katrina Z.

    Awesome very hidden speakeasy cocktail bar. Decor is awesome. Drinks yummy. Drop by if u find it!!

    Katrina Zai · November 20, 2014
  • Kevin R.

    Seasonal cocktails with a great atmosphere

    Kevin Reevers · November 9, 2014
  • Joshua C.

    Live band and very relaxed atmosphere. Drinks ate pretty good. Reminds me of a New York speak easy.

    Joshua Casingal · October 17, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Villains Tavern as it was featured on Best Bars in America for Creative drinks, not your typical LA bar. Read more

    TV Food Maps · September 14, 2014
  • Alex D.

    Easy, inexpensive parking. Great drinks. Great atmosphere. Downside? Drinks are expensive compared to other downtown bars ($12 and up).

    Alex De la torre · August 26, 2014
  • Joséphine R.

    Um, yeah. I'm gonna need to go here again, if only just to devour another delectable grilled cheese with tomato and avocado. DELICIOUS.

    Joséphine R. · July 21, 2014
  • Kio

    GREAT place. GREAT música.

    Kio · January 19, 2014
  • Eddy D.

    Steampunk / Goth Decor

    Eddy Del Castillo · December 7, 2013
  • Joey B.

    I dig this place, sometimes the line can be a little nuts. they also have great live drinking music.

    Joey Berumen · November 15, 2013
  • Lane R.

    Check out the great live music (blues, rockabilly etc.) in the intimate "backyard" venue. There's a second smaller bar in this area.

    Lane Rettig · October 13, 2013
  • Michael L.

    Go see Brother Yusef on Wednesdays. He is an amazing blues singer!

    Michael Lapp · September 5, 2013
  • Becherovka Voyager

    The lovechild of a beer garden, a southern speakeasy, and a parking lot, this little gem is made for the eclectic, the outgoing, and the daredevils of classic herbal liquors like Becherovka.

    Becherovka Voyager · September 4, 2013
  • Evan

    This bar is a stone's throw from Skid Row. The crowd, music, and vibe feels like Brooklyn and I like it. But they don't make negronis and I quickly realize I'm in LA and order a rye-whatever instead.

    Evan · August 29, 2013
  • Heather

    came here on a saturday night and sat outside, enjoyed the live music and catching up with friends (it was great that we could actually hear each other!) free parking and creative mixed drinks

    Heather · July 8, 2013
  • Mucho C.

    Feels a little dirty. Maybe just not my 'hipster' scene. Enjoy.

    Mucho Comida™ · July 1, 2013
  • frank s.

    Make sure to order the Penicillin if you like scotch bases cocktails.

    frank striefler · May 9, 2013
  • Rachel M.

    Can be crowded on a Saturday night but the venue is oh-so worth it. The Ilium cocktail is a personal favorite and the fries, they are to. die. for. (Muahahahaha )

    Rachel Mercer · March 31, 2013
  • Dave W.

    Lunch Beers starts at 2pm!!! Happy Hour all day / 50% off food until 7:30pm. Tap Takeover from Blackmarket Brewery in San Diego! Amazing Speciality Beers all week...Live Soul and Blues DJs all day

    Dave Whitton · February 22, 2013
  • D B.

    I really dig the walls and overall atmosphere here, the backdrop for live bands makes you feel like you're in the middle of no where. The Shot/Beer deal is awesome and upgradable too!

    D B · January 7, 2013
  • Rachel Y.

    Check out the LA hootenanny

    Rachel Youens · December 31, 2012
  • Steven V.

    Corn on the cob! And if your worried about the authenticity of their Mexican dishes, don't be worried at all! Ceviche was some of the best I've had. Chef is definitely Mexican.

    Steven Valdez · December 19, 2012
  • Chris R.

    Amazing drinks and a great vibe. Ask Lauren the blonde bartender to surprise you with one of her mixed drinks and you won't be disappointed. I will be coming back.

    Chris Roach · December 13, 2012
  • Victor V.

    Totes hipsters. I did have fun. However, to pay $15 for a Moscow Mule, I'd like to see cuter hair n both men and women. Best thing about this bar: the awesome mirror piece above the bar!

    Victor Velasco · November 21, 2012
  • @JaumePrimero

    Zero attitude, live music every night, and creative cocktails served in mason jars. If you want to escape the scene in West LA, this is a great bar to go to.

    @JaumePrimero · November 9, 2012
  • Alex S.

    Place can get crowded, but a shot of great bourbon and a nice craft beer should help you.

    Alex Stockham · October 23, 2012
  • Andy S.

    Call ahead and reserve a table. Or sit at a "reserved" table and hope you don't get bumped.

    Andy Sternberg · October 20, 2012
  • LogoTV

    Beers and live bands. Best place ever! - Matthew Herrick, DTLA - The Series

    LogoTV · October 11, 2012

    Really cool motif. Drinks are expertly crafted and delightfully aromatic. Live music. Open space. Pretty awesome

    JAZTERIX M. · October 6, 2012
  • cyn

    Get the Lillium!

    cyn · September 8, 2012
  • Juli C.

    Get the fries!!!!! So good!!!!

    Juli Crockett · September 6, 2012
  • Sam J.

    Pirate bar. What else do I need to say?

    Sam J. · July 13, 2012
  • Party Earth

    Advertised days are Wednesdays-Saturdays, but the Tavern also opens on Tuesdays for locals. Go early for 1/2 price cocktails and meatballs from Great Balls on Tires, a food truck in the parking lot. Read more

    Party Earth · July 9, 2012
  • Harish V.

    great venue, good drinks & food. reminded me of austin quite a bit

    Harish Venkatesan · June 10, 2012
  • Bollare

    Live music, cool people, strong yet imaginative drinks, and amazing food (try the carne asada tacos)! The bar is reminiscent of a 1940's big tent circus and everything has a vintage feel. —Yasmine

    Bollare · March 30, 2012
  • Fling Girl

    no contest - best place to see bands in LA. Got a great Austin vibe

    Fling Girl · March 23, 2012
  • C

    The bartenders are on their stuff!

    C · March 20, 2012
  • Wesley Wolfbear P.

    Wrap around bar makes it easy to find a drink. And they have Stone Brewery's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale on tap (10/10!)

    Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham · March 18, 2012
  • Curt R.

    If ur looking to save $. Opt for the punch bowl special. They've got 3 signature cocktails from the menu at the cash bar.

    Curt Rollison · February 12, 2012

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