The Varnish

(213) 622-9999 | Website
118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 | Directions
Hours: Mon-Sun:7:00 pm - 2:00 am/

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About The Varnish

In the back of Coles... Drink specials nightly.


* Our process takes time; thank you for your patience.
* We are first come, first served and we don't take reservations.
* We cannot accommodate parties larger than six people.
* No vulgar language or loud behavior please.
* Disrespectful attitudes towards other patrons or our staff will not be tolerated.
* Cocktail attire is admired, not required.
* You are welcome to order sandwiches to go from Cole's for consumption at The Varnish but not sides or desserts.
* Cole's drinks are allowed to be finished at The Varnish but we insist that you order cocktails from us when seated.
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  • LA’s Best Speakeasy Bars

    Los Angeles is home to a rising number of 1920s inspired, speakeasy-style cocktail bars and lounges that serve up great drinks in a vintage atmosphere.

  • The Varnish: Cocktails in LA

    Eric Alperin, co-owner and chief bartender of the Varnish, is credited as one of the forefathers of the burgeoning mixology movement in Los Angeles.

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    In an industrial expanse of Downtown Los Angeles, a couple of blocks from the massive American Apparel factory, lies the Los Angeles Arts District, home of popular restaurant and beer house, Wurstküche. It’s a lively area filled with street art and edgy restaurants, new-age healing centers and budding art galleries. Yet, only six years ago, the LAAD neighborhood was just another blotch of indistinguishable urbanity.

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