After visiting Venice Beach, walk down Windward Avenue towards the Pacific Ocean. That’s where you’ll see the electric sign. It’s red and yellow and has an arrow wrapped around it that point to the door of The Townhouse. This bar brims with atmosphere, history, and even with a touch of mystery.
Founded in 1915, The Townhouse is the oldest, continuously-operating bar in Los Angeles. George, a tall, broad-shouldered, distinguished bartender who looks like a retired prizefighter, spoke about this. He said that there might be another bar as old in Los Angeles, but this is the only one that stayed in business continuously, even during Prohibition. Those thirteen unlucky years, from 1920 through 1933, when it was illegal to buy, sell, or transport alcoholic drinks in the United States.
The Townhouse served their clients back then with a speakeasy in the cellar, an illegal bar where partiers ignored the law and drank in secret. Political cartoons and other mementos related to Prohibition line the walls.
The Townhouse now looks like an old-school bar covered by the well-crafted dark wood on the ceiling and walls. It’s so dark there; even that long wooden bar like a landing strip is dark. Amber whiskeys, clear rum and tequila glow in the subtle light behind the bar. A pool table ringed by dark leather seats quietly beckons visitors. This is not some fast bar where you grab a quick beer, but a haven for those who appreciate the ritual of a quiet, unhurried drink in good company.
Just a few blocks away from the most romantic neighborhood of Los Angeles is a must place to visit for Ghost Chasers, The Townhouse. Regulars report that the previous owner, who died in 2003, sometimes watches the bar from his favorite booth.
If you’re looking for ambiance, style, and touch of the otherworldly in Los Angeles, The Townhouse is the place to quench your thirst.