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The Varnish

118 E. 6th St.
Cole's French Dip
Los Angeles, CA, 90014, United States
TEL: (213) 622-9999
TEL: (213) 622-4090

A dimly lit throwback to a 1920s speakeasy, this under-the-radar downtown LA venue is accessible only through a secret door. Tucked surreptitiously away at the back of Cole’s French Dip restaurant, the Varnish features servers in suspenders, live piano jazz, and turn-of-the-century décor. As engaging as the atmosphere, the cocktails are the superstars. Varnish Bar’s signature mojitos and ‘Bartender’s Choice’ custom mixes win consistently rave reviews. Hand-carved ice and nifty metal straws ramp the bar’s cool factor even further.

Insider Tip:

Varnish Bar’s offerings are short but sweet: a half-dozen cocktails and the ‘Bartender’s Choice’ custom mix based on your preferences.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Cocktail Lounge
  • Creative Cocktails
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Live Music



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