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Villains Tavern

Villains Tavern

Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Arts District, Los Angeles
98 Tips and reviews
  • live music
  • hanzo
  • cocktails
  • bourbon
  • lively
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  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 9, 2012
    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
  • Dave W.
    Dave WhittonFebruary 22, 2013
    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
  • Bollare
    BollareMarch 30, 2012
    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
  • Becherovka Voyager
    Becherovka VoyagerSeptember 4, 2013
    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.
  • On the Grid
    On the GridNovember 21, 2016
    Feeling distinctly like a 19th century apothecary, Villain’s decor is dark and moody. Order a drink from their menu, or ask the bartender to whip something up just for you. Read more
  • Heather
    HeatherJuly 8, 2013
    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
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsJanuary 13, 2015
    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.
  • Steven V.
    Steven ValdezDecember 19, 2012
    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.
  • Victor V.
    Victor VelascoNovember 21, 2012
    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!
  • Alex D.
    Alex De la torreAugust 26, 2014
    Easy, inexpensive parking. Great drinks. Great atmosphere. Downside? Drinks are expensive compared to other downtown bars ($12 and up).
  • Syndicate Media Group
    Syndicate Media GroupNovember 16, 2011
    LA [Drink] Hearty live music and Gothic decor makes this place feel like a circus from the 1920s. Well-crafted libations; try the Bella Donna--Maker's Mark, orange juice, blackberries and shaved ice.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerMarch 31, 2013
    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 )
  • Chris R.
    Chris RoachDecember 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • D B.
    D BJanuary 7, 2013
    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!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 9, 2012
    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.
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiNovember 20, 2014
    Awesome very hidden speakeasy cocktail bar. Decor is awesome. Drinks yummy. Drop by if u find it!!
  • Evan
    EvanAugust 29, 2013
    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.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJuly 30, 2010
    This very cool haunt just opened in the Arts District & from the imaginative décor & spacious patio to the occasional free shots & hip music to set the mood, this is a barfly’s dream. Read more
    JAZTERIX M.October 6, 2012
    Really cool motif. Drinks are expertly crafted and delightfully aromatic. Live music. Open space. Pretty awesome
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigOctober 13, 2013
    Check out the great live music (blues, rockabilly etc.) in the intimate "backyard" venue. There's a second smaller bar in this area.
  • Belinda F.
    Belinda FrancoJune 15, 2015
    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!
  • Jace B.
    Jace BSeptember 9, 2010
    Best to arrive slightly early if you don't want to wait at the bar. Since the drinks are truly "made to order" concoctions that are both dazzling in display and taste, less of a crowd is best better
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetNovember 12, 2015
    If you're a whiskey sour enthusiast, try the BellaDonna topped with blackberry bramble. It's easy to enjoy and refreshing. Cheers!
  • 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!)
  • naveen
    naveenJanuary 22, 2012
    a fav: it feels like two bars in one: in the back, a speakeasy; the front and outside – a place to kick back with beers
  • H.C. @.
    H.C. @FoodieHCApril 10, 2011
    The Pharaoh Salad (Farro, Roasted Beets, Tomatoes, Feta) is a nice healthy & tasty alternative to the other bar-ish food. And the portion's generous!
  • Nikki
    NikkiDecember 10, 2016
    Giant Jenga and live americana music out back. intimate lighting and seating amid victorian decor upstairs
  • Andy S.
    Andy SternbergOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Call ahead and reserve a table. Or sit at a "reserved" table and hope you don't get bumped.
  • frank s.
    frank strieflerMay 9, 2013
    Make sure to order the Penicillin if you like scotch bases cocktails.
  • Curt R.
    Curt RollisonFebruary 12, 2012
    If ur looking to save $. Opt for the punch bowl special. They've got 3 signature cocktails from the menu at the cash bar.
  • Joey B.
    Joey BerumenNovember 15, 2013
    I dig this place, sometimes the line can be a little nuts. they also have great live drinking music.
  • Joshua C.
    Joshua CasingalOctober 17, 2014
    Live band and very relaxed atmosphere. Drinks ate pretty good. Reminds me of a New York speak easy.
  • Simon F.
    Simon FosterOctober 9, 2010
    Two brilliant venues in one...inside with slick cocktails and smooth decor...outside wih cool bands and beers,shots and bacon bourbon caramel corn...
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There are 3 bars one up front one by the stage and a mini one out back in the smoking section.
  • Joséphine R.
    Joséphine R.July 21, 2014
    Um, yeah. I'm gonna need to go here again, if only just to devour another delectable grilled cheese with tomato and avocado. DELICIOUS.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LappSeptember 5, 2013
    Go see Brother Yusef on Wednesdays. He is an amazing blues singer!
  • Jessie B.
    Jessie BustinDecember 4, 2011
    Cocktails take about an hour to make. And bartenders decide the beer that you get even if you order what you want.
  • Andy F.
    Andy FrancoJune 14, 2015
    Try the grilled cheese with shoestring french fries and Hanzo to drink!
  • Alex S.
    Alex StockhamOctober 23, 2012
    Place can get crowded, but a shot of great bourbon and a nice craft beer should help you.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SliozisJuly 31, 2010
    Stick to the fast-moving beer line. Cocktails are fancy and instead of just getting them out, the bartenders give them love. Took me 25min just to get up to the bar.
  • Lina A.
    Lina A.April 27, 2015
    live band is nice, the fries are soo good and their cocktails.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 14, 2014
    Check out Villains Tavern as it was featured on Best Bars in America for Creative drinks, not your typical LA bar. Read more
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin ReeversNovember 9, 2014
    Seasonal cocktails with a great atmosphere
  • Scott V.
    Scott VosburyNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    First things first, I think this place is great... But waiting for 15 mins to get a drink on a tues night is unacceptable. It took me 45 mins on a fri 4 wks ago... Villains! Hire more people!
  • Heather M.
    Heather McIntoshAugust 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a Beer in a Jar and a top shelf Shot for $8. Also, Try the Burbon Bacon Carmel Corn, if you dare!
  • Jennyjen
    JennyjenApril 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    ladies: don't wait in the super long bathroom line inside, super clean, lit, mirrored, flushing, port-o-potties outside!!!
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVOctober 11, 2012
    Beers and live bands. Best place ever! - Matthew Herrick, DTLA - The Series
  • Melike Ö.
    Melike ÖzAugust 27, 2015
    Hanzo Coctail was perfect! And the band also!
  • Rock on D.
    Rock on DudeAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    You gots to try the Downtown Btown w/a shot of Blackheart Spiced Rum.....and some Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn....its so darn good!!!!
  • Curt R.
    Curt RollisonFebruary 12, 2012
    Try and get down here for a Rockabilly good time with The Americans on stage in the patio
  • Evan J.
    Evan JonesAugust 27, 2011
    Due remember that there are also restrooms out back. Specifically for the dudes...skip the line inside and go out back!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuFebruary 8, 2015
    The new age hipsters + barn party. Love that there's a live band.
  • Vignesh R.
    Vignesh RamJuly 26, 2010
    Opening night was a blast! Grab a seat outside and enjoy the beers in mason jars.
  • Harish V.
    Harish VenkatesanJune 10, 2012
    great venue, good drinks & food. reminded me of austin quite a bit
  • Alex P.
    Alex PhamFebruary 6, 2011
    Fatal Hour is a drink to die for. Bonus: Bacon caramel corn and the Russian Mule.
  • Fling Girl
    Fling GirlMarch 23, 2012
    no contest - best place to see bands in LA. Got a great Austin vibe
  • Monique C.
    Monique Casillas CruzDecember 8, 2010
    Welcome to one of my FAV bars in DTLA! You must try the "Hanzo" cocktail! CHEERS!
  • Megan S.
    Megan SailorsAugust 8, 2010
    Beer only at the outdoor bar, but a much shorter wait. They have a big parking lot, too!
  • Michal
    MichalOctober 24, 2011
    great bar in a sketchy looking part of town...a gem
  • Edgar S.
    Edgar SarmientoOctober 26, 2010
    Get a large beer and a shot ($16). Best deal.
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a HANZO it's delicious.
  • Sandra H.
    Sandra HernandezApril 5, 2015
    Everything!!! :) Love It!
  • Shady Tracey
    Shady TraceyNovember 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you don't mind chunks of ginger, the Moscow Mule is a must try.
  • Kio
    KioJanuary 19, 2014
    GREAT place. GREAT música.
  • Jeremiah J.
    Jeremiah JohnsonJuly 9, 2011
    good live bands here. good beer too!
  • Alexander K.
    Alexander KafiOctober 2, 2010
    Sip carefully prepared libations on the patio as the sun sets over downtown at this well-placed neighborhood haunt
  • Che
    CheJune 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    All the cool kids only come on weekends. The weekends are awesomest!
  • alice c.
    alice chungAugust 28, 2010
    Hanzo cocktail is the shit ... when replaced with vodka instead of gin. YUM!
  • Sam J.
    Sam J.July 13, 2012
    Pirate bar. What else do I need to say?
  • Sebastian M.
    Sebastian MontoyaJanuary 8, 2012
    Get the "Inigo Montoya" it's quite a mix....
  • Juli C.
    Juli CrockettSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the fries!!!!! So good!!!!
  • Callie M.
    Callie MillerOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    It may sound odd, but the Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn is a must!
  • C
    CMarch 20, 2012
    The bartenders are on their stuff!
  • Jennyjen
    JennyjenFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Parking is $5 now...fuck that, park a block a way for free ;)
  • Edwin F.
    Edwin FigueroaAugust 7, 2010
    Such a cool place, shame it's in such a bad area. I got mugged here last weekend. Some thugs came out of a van and beat the shit out of my friend and I, stole our wallets and phones. True story :(
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SchneiderMarch 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Very cool bar, great music, but really slow service.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SDecember 24, 2011
    Best bar in LA. Period.
  • sophia t.
    sophia tyNovember 19, 2010
    The Day of the Dead (mulled spiced cider) is perfect for fall.
  • Stephan C.
    Stephan ComDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Babe On A Bun is simply porktastic!
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YouensDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the LA hootenanny
  • Eddy D.
    Eddy Del CastilloDecember 7, 2013
    Steampunk / Goth Decor
  • Jackee F.
    Jackee F.January 14, 2012
    Ask for a strawberry steve
  • Eddie Z.
    Eddie ZamoraSeptember 5, 2011
    Try the "Russian mule."
  • Kristina L.
    Kristina LAugust 16, 2011
    Beer& shot $8
  • Colin O.
    Colin OhMarch 6, 2011
    Get a beer and a shot. You won't regret it... Or will you?
  • Jackee F.
    Jackee F.January 14, 2012
    Dane is awesome
  • cyn
    cynSeptember 8, 2012
    Get the Lillium!
  • Alan D.
    Alan DanaJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Bacon + Caramel + Popcorn = order it.
  • Diana M.
    Diana MontanteJuly 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    On opening weekend mention Daily Candy for a free Poison Apple!
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™July 1, 2013
    Feels a little dirty. Maybe just not my 'hipster' scene. Enjoy.
  • Alan D.
    Alan DanaJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Villain's Tacos. A+.
  • Lara
    LaraAugust 2, 2010
    The Penicillin will cure what ails ya.
  • Greta A.
    Greta AndersonAugust 9, 2011
    What a Gem! Read more
  • Stephan C.
    Stephan ComJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't phear the angelz
  • Francisco H.
    Francisco HernandezJuly 23, 2010
    Try the Fatal Hour!
  • Russell S.
    Russell SanzgiriJuly 25, 2010
    Get the chick peas!
  • Celestia A.
    Celestia AlvaradoFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
  • Maria V.
    Maria VillamizarOctober 11, 2014
    Lugar acogedor y súper distinto en LA. Buenos tragos...
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