The Roger Room
Photography by diffordsguide.com
Words by Simon Difford on 25-Mar-2016
370 North La Cienega Boulevard, btwn Oakwood Av & Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, California, CA 90048, United States
Tel: +1 310 854 1300
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Fri 6pm-2am, Sat 7pm-2am, Sun 8pm-2am
Door: Open door
Style: Lounge bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Bar snacks
This 'speakeasy' might not have a sign, but can find it easily enough because a) it sits behind a psychic's shop window with a red neon hand and b) there are a couple of valet parking attendants outside stood next to a board on the pavement with the bar's name plainly written on it.
The walls of this dimly lit, small, dark, wood-panelled room are covered with picture frames, antique stained glass and across the back wall, a vintage mirror declares, "the best of everything and nothing but the best". Booths run down the wall opposite the central bar with low chairs and tables to the rear. The ceiling is covered in mirrored panes and the overall feel is somewhat Victorian French boudoir. The atmosphere is akin to a fun pub serving up cocktails listed on a psychedelic, wipe-clean menu.
The drinks remain imaginative concoctions, from simple twists to more adventurous and often highly spirituous pairings involving various rinses, foams and infusions. Long standing favourites include: Tijuana Brass (tequila, lime, agave nectar, cucumber foam) and the Dueling Banjos (bourbon, Antica Formula vermouth, Green Chartreuse, and Maraschino).