Trader Vic's

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800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA - (213) 785-3330

Trader Vic's Los Angeles Reviews

breezejen breezejen
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Home of the original Mai Tai? Sep 26, 2009
For the past few years Los Angeles has really tried to develop the downtown area. Going from a place where most people associated with homeless people, it’s now starting to develop into a hot spot for entertainment. What use to be the parking lot of Staples Center is now a newly built LA Live. LA Live’s main attraction is the Nokia Center. It is a smaller venue for performances with a more cozy appeal, not the mega, super concerts. There are quite a few diverse restaurants at LA Live. So if you happen to have plans to watch a game at Staples or go to a concert at the Nokia Center, leave early and have dinner in the middle of it all.

Meeting some friends for happy hour downtown, we settled on Trader Vic’s because of its laid back vibe and cheap happy hour. Trader Vic’s has a Polynesian theme, complete with full-sized tikis, Hawaiian shirts, rattan furniture, bamboo wallpaper and torches. It looks like a bad 70’s home bar.

We got a table in the bar area which, at 5:30, was fairly empty. From the $5 happy hour menu we ordered fried calamari, pulled pork sliders with French fries, burger and fries, buffalo wings. All were pretty good except for the sliders, so stay away from those. Happy hour also includes $4 beers and $3 off of all other drinks. Trader Vic’s has 4 pages of original mixed drinks all in pretty colors with little umbrellas and flowers in them and boasts having the original mai tai.

I ordered the Tiki puka puka only because I wanted the waitress to say it. Anyway it was very tasty and super strong and one was enough for me. Trader Vic’s also has the huge share with your friends drinks, but because we were driving, we decided against that. We had a great time here. Despite the cheesy décor and the fruity drinks, the food was decent and our bar tab was very inexpensive. By the time we left, the restaurant and bar were getting packed and a 3 piece band had started playing. I would recommend this place just for the experience and the location and it’s a great place to start an evening before going to the Staples Center or Nokia Center.
The Tiki Bar
Towards the restaurant
vulindlela says:
Great review!
We used to go to the Emeryville location.
Love this place....
Posted on: Sep 27, 2009
sarahsan says:
I´m glad downtown LA has changed. Lived there in 1985-86 when noone went there. It was just the homeless people.
Posted on: Sep 27, 2009
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