Old Lightning

Los Angeles, US

This speakeasy is as old-school as it gets – an unmarked door at the back of a Venice Beach restaurant, reservations only, dress code and all phones to be left at the door. But what truly sets Old Lightning apart from every speakeasy the world over is its collection of hard-to-get spirits, 1,200 bottles of liquor guests won’t see, let alone taste, anywhere else. The space has a mid-century design and is appropriately moody and understated, while drinks (with a menu listing almost 100 classics) are simple in ingredients but strive towards perfection in technique and equipment. This is the mecca of bartending standards. The only trouble is getting in the front door.

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2905 Washington Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90292