Copa D’oro

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last reviewed on 09-Nov-2011

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Address: 217 Broadway, btwn 2nd & 3rd Sts, Los Angeles, California, 90401, United States
Tel: +1(310) 576 303
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Wed 5pm-noon; Thu 6pm-2am; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am
Door: Open door
Style: Neighborhood bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu


This bar, a couple of blocks from the beach in Santa Monica, takes its name from the state flower of California. The golden flowers grow wild throughout California and are known as 'copa de oro', which literally translates as 'cup of gold'. A relaxed atmosphere verges on something of a party bar even on mid-week nights.

The terracotta tiled floor and dark wooden ceiling and bar give the rectangular room a Hispanic feel, while sculptural light fixtures and the works of a resident artist on the walls give it some unique touches. The drinks on our last visit were a 'Happy Depression' celebration of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, from a Bee's Knee's #2, to a Diablo and LA's own Moscow Mule. Although the bar-top is decorated with various small bottles of tinctures and bitters, the emphasis these days is on speed rather than finesse.

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