A cabaret night allows its patrons to enjoy a performance – be it by a singer, a musician or an ensemble of both – while sipping a few drinks, eating good food and relaxing in the coziness of a smaller venue. Whether you prefer a subdued evening to the sounds of a well-played saxophone or a night entertained by the risqué movements of a burlesque dancer, the following locations are great spots for a cabaret outing in the City of Angels.
Hailed as the oldest cabaret in the United States, The Gardenia offers performances nightly at 9 p.m. The venue opens two hours earlier for dinner. Non-dining patrons are held to a two-drink minimum and cover charge varies depending on the performance. The schedule of performers is available by calling the phone number listed above. This is a small place of simple decor, but it is recommended by many for its good customer service and the approachability of its owner.
The Catalina Jazz Club’s charm consists of round tables brightened by candles, good food and the best of jazz numbers and singers in town. On September 11, the venue will host The Crane and Fabian Project and on September 19, vocalist Catherine Russell will perform. Tickets vary depending on the evening and can be purchased online through the website listed above. Keep an eye open when driving along Sunset Boulevard in search of this venue, as it is part of a large building and can easily be missed. Parking for Catalina patrons is available behind the building.
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The band performs at one end of this long and narrow cabaret space that becomes a 360-degree theatrical experience during the show. The performers sing from the front, the back and the middle of the floor, and even from the top of a table that runs alongside one of the walls. Show at Barre’s talent includes singers you may have seen already at the Pantages and other musical houses in town. Seeing them perform and listening to their excellent voices in this intimate setting makes for an experience not easily found elsewhere.
The Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill is located in the inside corner of the commercial center at Gower Street and Sunset Boulevard (same center where the Denny’s is located), a small and intimate place of gorgeous wooden walls and good decor. This spot offers both an extensive and delicious menu and performances that include blues, jazz, comedy and American standards. Cover charge varies depending on the performance. The Hollywood Studio has a casual ambiance and can be a popular place so reservations are recommended.
Eastside Luv Wine Bar y Queso hosts cabaret nights every Saturday with Argentinian burlesque dancer Carolina Cerisola’s show at midnight. She entertains with her best moves executed on the bar to the music of the Walter Davis Band. Dress code is strictly enforced this night at the venue, with men in suits and women in dresses. There is no cover charge before 9 p.m. and it is $10 at the door thereafter. The bar serves beer and wine only and there is a $20 minimum for credit card use, so you may want to carry some cash.
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