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Villains Tavern

Villains Tavern

Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Arts District, Los Angeles
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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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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).
  • @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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • JAZTERIX M.
    JAZTERIX M.October 6, 2012
    Really cool motif. Drinks are expertly crafted and delightfully aromatic. Live music. Open space. Pretty awesome
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiNovember 20, 2014
    Awesome very hidden speakeasy cocktail bar. Decor is awesome. Drinks yummy. Drop by if u find it!!
  • 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.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BDecember 31, 2014
    Kind of a medieval circus tent vibe. Huge gothic cathedral decor over the bar. Live music, great drinks, and a very cool crowd.
  • Scott V.
    Scott VosburyNovember 16, 2011
    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!
  • 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
  • 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 :(
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heather M.
    Heather McIntoshAugust 10, 2010
    Order a Beer in a Jar and a top shelf Shot for $8. Also, Try the Burbon Bacon Carmel Corn, if you dare!
  • 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.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SternbergOctober 20, 2012
    Call ahead and reserve a table. Or sit at a "reserved" table and hope you don't get bumped.
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoDecember 29, 2014
    There are 3 bars one up front one by the stage and a mini one out back in the smoking section.
  • 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!
  • Rock on D.
    Rock on DudeAugust 21, 2010
    You gots to try the Downtown Btown w/a shot of Blackheart Spiced Rum.....and some Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn....its so darn good!!!!
  • frank s.
    frank strieflerMay 9, 2013
    Make sure to order the Penicillin if you like scotch bases cocktails.
  • Joshua C.
    Joshua CasingalOctober 17, 2014
    Live band and very relaxed atmosphere. Drinks ate pretty good. Reminds me of a New York speak easy.
  • Jennyjen
    JennyjenApril 8, 2011
    ladies: don't wait in the super long bathroom line inside, super clean, lit, mirrored, flushing, port-o-potties outside!!!
  • Megan S.
    Megan SailorsAugust 8, 2010
    Beer only at the outdoor bar, but a much shorter wait. They have a big parking lot, too!
  • Vignesh R.
    Vignesh RamJuly 26, 2010
    Opening night was a blast! Grab a seat outside and enjoy the beers in mason jars.
  • 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.
  • Alex S.
    Alex StockhamOctober 23, 2012
    Place can get crowded, but a shot of great bourbon and a nice craft beer should help you.
  • 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
  • Michael L.
    Michael LappSeptember 5, 2013
    Go see Brother Yusef on Wednesdays. He is an amazing blues singer!
  • Lina A.
    Lina A.April 27, 2015
    live band is nice, the fries are soo good and their cocktails.
  • Andy F.
    Andy FrancoJune 14, 2015
    Try the grilled cheese with shoestring french fries and Hanzo to drink!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PhamFebruary 6, 2011
    Fatal Hour is a drink to die for. Bonus: Bacon caramel corn and the Russian Mule.
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