Food/Wine

The Del Monte Speakeasy at Townhouse

When

Ongoing

Mondays–Fridays (5pm–2am)

Saturdays–Sundays (noon–2am)

Where

Del Monte Speakeasy

52 Windward Ave

310.392.4040

Price

Cover varies

Links

Townhouse is one of Los Angeles' oldest operating bars. Opened in 1915 as Menotti's, the bar transformed into a grocery store during Prohibition while operating an illegal speakeasy in its basement. That basement speakeasy has a rich history: Charlie Chaplin used to drink here, and underground tunnels leading from the Abbot Kinney Pier were used to transport illegal hooch. After decades of non-use, the basement has just reopened, giving Townhouse a second full bar, now called the Del Monte Speakeasy. Their drinks are all hand-made with high-quality ingredients. The cocktail menu of pre-Prohibition classics includes the Old-Fashioned, the Negroni, the Manhattan, and the French 75. Among the house specials are the delicious Suntory Time, which melds Yamazaki single malt, house-made honey syrup, bitters, and orange. Another excellent creation, A Touch of Evil, is made of mezcal, house-made date syrup, fresh clementine and grapefruit juice.  Del Monte also has a beer list featuring four Pislners, a witbier, an American IPA, English brown ale, and an oatmeal stout.  The décor has a retro, 20s-30s feel, while the stage has recently paid host to big-time acts such as Feist. This speakeasy is a welcome addition to Venice for beer hounds and cocktailians alike.

Karin E. Baker, Flavorpill

Note:

Townhouse is open nightly but Del Monte Speakeasy is open on select nights only.

Del Monte Speakeasy says…

Brandon Ristaino (formerly of the Bigfoot Lodge West, Thirsty Crow, 1933 Group) has come aboard at Townhouse as the General Manager and Beverage Director to breathe life into the beverage program. Four seasonal menus will be released throughout the year, featuring and influenced by local Farmers' Market seasonal produce. The cocktails are the classics re-imagined, with ingredients featured during the pre-Prohibition era with their in-house juices and syrup program. Owners Louie and Netty Ryan of Temple Bar Concepts bring you a true boardwalk empire. Over the past 96 years the establishment has changed hands three times, and is now owned by the Ryan family.