Clifton's Pacific Seas

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648 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
Opened in November 2016
Wed 6pm-midnight
Thu-Sat 6pm-2am
(213) 627-1673

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Clifton's Pacific Seas

8.2

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by 80 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 9.7
Drink Quality 7.4
Drink Selection 7.4
Mood 8.8
Music 7.8
Service 7.7
Tikiness 8.8
Tilt 8.1
Vibe 8

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Humuhumu’s description

Pacific Seas is a bar inside of the Clifton's complex in downtown Los Angeles. It opened in November 2016, and pays tribute to the original Clifton's Pacific Seas
history
Clifton's Pacific Seas
Los Angeles, CA
Bar & Restaurant
9
, which was located a few blocks away on Olive Street and operated from 1939-1960. This Clifton's location on Broadway opened in 1935 and remained in operation until it closed for extensive remodeling in 2011 by new owner Andrew Meieran, finally reopening in 2015.
In addition to the nod to Clifton's own Polynesian Pop history, Pacific Seas incorporates elements from the later heyday of 1960s tiki, thanks in particular to decor purchased from Bahooka
history
Bahooka Ribs & Grog
Rosemead, CA
Bar & Restaurant
9.5
after it closed in early 2013. Pacific Seas was built by Bamboo Ben
history
Bamboo Ben's Showroom
Huntington Beach, CA
Store
, grandson of the famous early Tiki decorator and builder Eli Hedley
classic
Eli Hedley's Home
San Pedro, CA
Park
.
Reservations are recommended, and there is a dress code (basically: don't wear shorts and a t-shirt, put a little effort in and you'll be fine, wear some nice vintage aloha and you're golden).

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auntangi
auntangi has visited Clifton's Pacific Seas.
July 16, 2018, 10:10 AM
My husband and I visited Pacific Seas on a Thursday evening in May. And we loved it! The decor is amazing, I loved all of the little nooks and crannies. We had two different bartenders, both lovely and knowledgeable. I ordered a Hurricane it is one of the top 5 tiki drinks I have ever enjoyed. The music was on point and everyone we encountered was welcoming. The host at the door even offered to take our photo and took us to his favorite spot for pics. The secret door entrance was a fun touch. After visiting, I read the reviews on Critiki and wondered if we are talking about the same bar! What I have come up with is that we visited just after opening hour on a weeknight. Likely a different crowd and vibe than on weekends. We are going back in September and hope to have the same enjoyable experience. And I will be getting another Hurricane!
June 30, 2018, 2:09 AM
VERY HORRIBLE SERVICE! PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME! On 6/28/18 on a Thursday I visited this bar (Pacific Seas) due to hearing about it and decided to have my friends bday night planned there, we drove all the way from Irvine. I entered at around 11 pm and was asked for an ID at the door as normal for a bar and entered without issue, the bar was very nice and large but surprisingly almost empty, through the first hour myself and my friends sat at the bar on the second floor to the right and conversated for a bit, throughout that time my friend ordered a drink and after paying the (female bartender who is in around her 30s) she aggressively yelled to my friend that just purchased an expensive drink and said "where is my generous tip?!" We were alarmed at the fact that she would act in an unprofessional way and we all felt uncomfortable the rest of the time sitting there, shortly she approached me and asked what I wanted to drink, I replied nicely saying I did not want anything at the moment, after that she demanded to see my ID aggressively and threatened me that I would be kicked out for refusing, I was shocked since this has never happened to me before or anyone I know at any bar before and I was just trying to enjoy the night talking with friends and it was not at all what I expected from a popular known bar, the bartender proceeded to call security and had them get in my face demanding to see my ID and did not let me speak, I was shocked at the hostile environment that quickly rose and I professionally let the security know that I was checked for my ID in the entrance to enter, it's a 21 and up age bar so I should not be harassed when just chatting while sitting at the bar, again the bar was not filled with people and the customer service was horrible. We felt very threatened and decided to leave and my friends birthday was ruined, I advice to please go elsewhere for important occasions and do not waste your time here, the security officer at the door was very professional but the security inside were very aggressive and and the female bartender was very unprofessional and rude. Would never attend again.
Sykes
Sykes has visited Clifton's Pacific Seas.
June 25, 2018, 12:59 PM
Holy moly this place has changed in the last year.

We first visited a few months after it opened and absolutely loved our visit--the decor is fantastic, the music was good, and while the drink selection isn't massive, each of the drinks was excellent.

We visited again last week (late June 2018) on a Saturday night and it was dramatically different. The decor and the drinks haven't changed, but it's no longer a tiki bar--it's a club with a tiki theme. The music was too loud to speak over, and it was 90s to 2000s pop music rather than music that is appropriate to the atmosphere. That, and the crowd that it attracted, really ruined the place for me.

It's certainly possible that this atmosphere was specific to Friday/Saturday nights and that on other days it is much better, but my last visit was incredibly disappointing.
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