Find yourself instantly transported to the Golden Age of Travel once you step into this much-anticipated Tiki bar at Clifton’s Cafeteria and homage to the original Clifton’s Pacific Seas (1930–1960). Every corner is meticulously decorated with vintage Tiki artifacts, some hailing from the original location, making it easy to forget you’re actually in Downtown L.A. Naturally, favorite Tiki concoctions are what’s on the menu here. But think classic Trader Vic’s with house-made ingredients not sickly sweet ’80s style.
The Drink To Drink: Rum. The bar hopes to grow out its rum selection but has some rare hard-to-find bottles in its inventory.
Know Before You Go: Never drink Tiki on an empty stomach. And you won’t have to as Clifton’s chef Andrew Pastore is serving up Polynesian-inspired bites like the Lobster Dynamite, a poached Maine lobster stuffed with scallop dynamite and avocado.
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