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

8.1

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by 53 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 7.1
Drink Selection 7.3
Mood 8.8
Music 7.8
Service 7.7
Tikiness 8.7
Tilt 8.1
Vibe 7.9

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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
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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).

Comments

September 25, 2017, 10:19 AM
Good tiki feel etc. Problem I experienced was super slow service at the bar. Only one bartender serving a very crowded bar. Not good. Took forever to get drinks. Also they say they don't take reservations, but they kicked us off of two different tables saying they were reserved. When I called before hand they said no reservations. We had 4 people. Then the server that kicked us off the table told us if you call ahead you CAN reserve a table by calling ahead. This was several months ago...hopefully they have improved these things.
Otto von Abbattoir
Otto von Abbattoir has visited Clifton's Pacific Seas.
September 13, 2017, 12:52 AM
If you are familiar with the basic tiki drink menu, there is no reason to try it here as the same drink will taste different every time and not be close to the actual drink recipe. They list exotic rums which they don't actually stock. The only reason to go here is to see the old place and drink some straight rum while leaning on a vintage Chris Craft boat which is a wonderful piece of eye candy and horribly misplaced in the center of the room. Very pretentious staff who will have no problems letting you in if you wear some cheap piece of plastic tat from Warren Buffet's Oriental Trading Company but will have issues about the "tikiness" of what you're wearing if it's a $1000+ item made in Hawaii before World War 2. These same people cover up the magnificent Art Nouveau and American Encaustic tile that is more than a 100 years old and located on lower floors. The staff doorway through the old boat air intake is a nice touch. Thus, if you've never seen Clifton's or a vintage wooden Chris Craft, go and drink straight rum. If you're familiar with these items, no reason to visit. Given all the excellent surf bands in SoCal, putting the Hula Girls on stage is a tragedy other than their cute dancers. Strictly for clueless tourists.
Tiki Grabowski
Tiki Grabowski has visited Clifton's Pacific Seas.
July 28, 2017, 4:52 PM
Wife and I went last night, July 27th to catch the Hula Girls show. It was our first time at both Clifton's and Pacific Seas. We were a bit disappointed when we showed up and was told the cafeteria was not open on Thursdays as we were looking forward to having the full Clifton's experience. The host at the "travel desk" was very helpful in recommending a few places in the vacinity to grab a bite. Upon our return we located the secret door and made our way up to Pacific Seas. Once we walked through the door our mouths dropped to the floor at how amazing it looked. Bamboo Ben did one heck of a job with all the decor. The mural behind the bar done by Sammy Bean was amazing as well.
My wife had the Painkiller and the Singapore Sling. While I had the Pacific Seas Mai Tai and the Navy Grog. Out of all 4 drinks we liked the Painkiller the best. The Mai Tai was ok but the Navy Grog and Singapore Sling were super tart. The Navy Grog more so than the sling which was a bummer. I've had other Navy Grogs and they were excellent. Overall the atmosphere was top notch and the music was excellent (the Hula Girls were great as always). We are already trying to figure out when to go back and try the other drinks on the menu. Definitely worth checking out if not for the history alone
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