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Room 5 Lounge

143 N. La Brea Ave., Second Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036
You've almost certainly caught a glimpse of the glowing Amalfi Ristorante signage as you cruised up La Brea towards the thumping Hollywood clubs on some random Saturday night. But just upstairs is Room 5 Lounge, a compact music space with lots of soul. It also happens to have plenty to drink, thanks to the large bar downstairs. You can sip from the well if you're not feeling particularly pricey, or reach for the top shelf if the weekend music moves you – and do it all from the comfort of an overstuffed chair. Candles will dance as you snack on wood-fired salami and rapini pizzas or a creamy risotto with lamb medallions, and you'll find yourself nodding along to the slow strumming of an acoustic guitar from the next great musician you haven't heard of yet. Or make it a point to swing by once a month for the place's Opera on Tap series, which offers first-class arias from some of the city's best singers, at below balcony prices.

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