When you enter through the non descript door on Western Avenue in Los Angeles you have no idea what is in store for you. But rest assured, at La Descarga you are in good hands. Fast forward to the trip up a narrow staircase into a lobby. You are greeted by a hostess who walks you through an armoire to enter the two level bar. La Descarga (meaning the after party in Spanish) transports you to a Pre-Fidel Cuba, complete with a cigar room, a live band, dancers and fabulous Rum cocktails. The keen attention to detail takes form in its gorgeous decor, including weathered walls, antique light fixtures, wrought iron banisters, cigar boxes and an oak bar stocked full of Rum and other libations.
The bar opened early this month (Feb 2) and has sold out nights ever since. We say sold out because you must make reservations in order to get in. Reservations can be made on their website: ladescargala.com They fill up fast so try and make them in advance. Or you can always try showing up, well dressed and with a small party if you think you can get passed the doorman.
1159 Western Ave., L.A.