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The Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028


  • $$
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
This live-music bar is more than just an inviting room for singer-songwriters to muse on their broken Hollywood dreams, half-baked romantic schemes and all that sort of stuff. The Hotel Cafe has become so synonymous with a certain style of mainstream yet high-level pop music that it annually presents its own national tour featuring folks like Cary Brothers. Other past performers and longtime regulars include such tunesmiths as Jesca Hoop, Meiko, John Mayer, Nellie McKay, Weezer, Jim Bianco, Terra Naomi, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Dar Williams, Pegi Young and Concrete Blonde's Johnette Napolitano. Since 2000, the former small coffeehouse, located just south of Hollywood Boulevard, has expanded into two rooms with full bars. The glittery front bar evokes a vintage Tinseltown hotel lobby, while the second and larger room is darker, with spherical hanging lamps casting a muted glow over a low stage and a stark red-velvet curtain. The cafe's menu includes paninis, salads, quesadillas and, in a nod to its coffeehouse past, a range of espresso specialties. Ages 21 & over.

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