Food & Drink

Sneaking Through This Loading Dock Will Get You Into LA's Best New Bar

Published On 03/24/2015 Published On 03/24/2015
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First, the Houston Brothers opened La Descarga, an amazing Cuban bar with a through-a-wardrobe secret entrance, and you were like, "this is THE BEST BAR IN LA". Then, they opened the NOLA-themed No Vacancy, with its somewhere-in-a-hotel-room secret entrance, and you were all, "never mind, THIS IS THE BEST BAR IN LA." And then, they opened the insanely cool, '70s-themed Good Times at Davey Wayne's, and you were like, "bro, THIS RIGHT HERE IS BY FAR THE BEST BAR IN LA."

Well, tonight they open the '80s-themed Break Room 86, which comes with a secret entrance that's pretty much guaranteed to make you be all, "JK JK, THIS IS HANDS-DOWN, WITHOUT QUESTION, 100% THE BEST BAR IN LA." Because it is.

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You'll head through the loading dock and find the entrance around here somewhere...

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... yeah, somewhere. Around here. Want a snack?

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Once you find it, you'll get to head in here.

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A bar that's totally tricked out in actual thrift store finds from the '80s, including...

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... a wall made up of classic cassettes...

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... a bar constructed of vintage home speakers...

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... and guysguysGUYS -- a phone booth that looks EXACTLY like the one from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. We could stop there, and you'd be like, "yeah, best bar ever." But we're not going to because...

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... working, classic arcade games...

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... bands and DJs playing period-authentic music...

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... and FOUR GODDAMN KARAOKE ROOMS YOU CAN ALSO USE TO PLAY ATARI GAMES. This place is seriously the best. So best, in fact, you almost forget it's got...

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... booze!!! -- including mixed drinks that'll remind you of your childhood on name alone (Ecto-Cooler! Rocket-Pop!!!). Oh, right, and they're all made by some of the best mixologists in LA. Because of course they are.

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Jeff Miller is the Editor of Thrillist LA, and will see you there. Like, always. Find him on Instagram at @JeffMillerLA and on Twitter at @ThrillistLA.

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1. Break Room 86 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Koreatown)

Break Room 86 is a blast from the '80s past that comes complete with classic arcade games, themed cocktails, and two karaoke rooms awesomely equipped with Atari.

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