Clifton's Pacific Seas

Los Angeles, CA
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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

8.3

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Decor 10
Drink Quality 7.3
Drink Selection 6.9
Mood 9.1
Music 7.6
Service 7.8
Tikiness 8.4
Tilt 8.8
Vibe 8.8

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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
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Clifton's Pacific Seas
Los Angeles, CA
Bar & Restaurant
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, 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
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Bahooka Ribs & Grog
Rosemead, CA
Bar & Restaurant
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after it closed in early 2013. Pacific Seas was built by Bamboo Ben
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Bamboo Ben's Showroom
Huntington Beach, CA
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, grandson of the famous early Tiki decorator and builder Eli Hedley
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Eli Hedley's Home
San Pedro, CA
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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).

How to find it

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Pacific Seas is within the Clifton's complex. On the third floor, go through the mirrored door, then up one floor to the Art Deco Map Room. Pacific Seas is just beyond that room.

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April 14, 2017, 6:05 PM
The Pacific Seas Tiki bar inside Clifton's is closed on Sun, Mon, and Tuesday.
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Tikifriki
Tikifriki has visited Clifton's Pacific Seas.
March 13, 2017, 4:04 PM
Holy cow! This experience could not have been worse.

Warned on this site and others, I tried to get a reservation, but none were available. Instead, I got a very nice note saying I should show up about 15 minutes before the bar opens at 6 pm and put our names in with the hostess. If we did this, I was told, it should be no problem to walk right in.

We arrived about 5:30 pm so that we could be first in line. Twice, my wife and I approached the hostess and were told there was no need to put our names in because walking in at opening should be no problem. We were told, however, the bar didn't actually open at 6 pm, but rather 6:30 pm.

No matter. We grabbed a seat near the staircase to the 3rd floor and watched as the crowd steadily began to build up. Worried that we wouldn't be able to get in right away, we queued up with everyone else. The group was then approached by a manager who said that we couldn't congregate around the stairs and that - lo and behold - we all needed to put our names in with the hostess. Ooooookay ...

When approaching the hostess AGAIN, she still insisted that we need not put our names in. When I explained that the group was sent down by the manager, she seemed incredulous. After a few minutes of debating this with the assembled crowd, the hostess was finally approached by the manager ... and then THEY debated having us put our names in.

Finally the hostess took our names and c ell phone numbers. I was first in line (thank goodness), and I was told that I'd get a text in 10 minutes to go into the bar. Finally feeling confident, we wandered and paced for 10 minutes, then 20 minutes, then a half hour. At this point, I went back down to the hostess stand and was told that I should already have received my text. When I said I hadn't, the hostess said that something about the building's construction killing cell phone reception. Huh?!? (as I noted the 3 bars on my phone).

Fed up, we finally tailgated a large party that was headed in, and yes ... we made it!!! AND, the place was nearly empty. Sweet! We approached a manager to tell him (very politely, I might add) how frustrating the process was. First he said something about the staff being discombobulated because their shift was just starting. (Seriously?) Then he said the owner wanted it this way to keep the riff raff out. (Really?) Finally, I assume noting our slack jaws and the WTF looks on our faces, he gave us two free drink tokens.

Sounds like things were looking up, right? Well, as we spoke to the manager, a large group had walked in and gathered around the bar. Didn't seem like a huge deal, but one bartender was assigned to wait solely on the large party we'd walked in with (he angrily told a couple of the folks ahead of us). That left one bartender to handle the overflow, which at this point was about 10 deep in front of me.

I stood in line patiently for 15 more minutes (I timed it) while a group of young LA partiers ordered painkillers ("To kill the pain," I believe every single one of them said) and Scorpion Bowls (because they get set on fire). When I finally dragged my beleaguered body up to the bar, I gloomily ordered a Mai Tai and a Navy Grog. The Mai Tai was pretty bad. The Navy Grog was okay, except for a mild taste of banana. But hey, they were free!!!

We drank our drinks, pretty much in demoralized silence, then left. On our way out, we saw a very earnest looking group of tiki enthusiasts (which were completely absent from the bar, as far as I could tell) that had been there before us but were still waiting with hopeful looks on their faces for the chance to go in. We gave them our warning, wished them luck, and said goodbye.

As I drove out of the parking garage at about 8:15 pm (nearly three hours after we arrived), I got a text that my "Pacific Seas experience was about to begin." Well, not exactly ... but thanks anyways, Clifton's.
Aqua
Aqua has visited Clifton's Pacific Seas.
January 15, 2017, 2:15 AM
Wow, this was a terrible experience!

We called early in the day (getting an uninformative voicemail) and researched extensively online and we still ended the night without actually being able to get into the bar.

There was a huge line to get into the complex and nobody outside seemed to know or acknowledge that there was a tiki bar inside. We got confusing directions from multiple bouncers which eventually ended in us waiting 45 minutes in the general line.

Once inside, after much confusion and poor signage, we found another line on the third floor to get into the Pacific Seas area. After waiting in this line, we were told that the bar was full tonight and closed to walk-ins.

This could very well be a fine tiki bar, but it's enclosed in a tower of nightlife and unhelpful employees. After trekking across town to see this, I could not have been more let down.
mattymo
mattymo has visited Clifton's Pacific Seas.
December 25, 2016, 8:58 AM
Who gives you a clear drink, tasting of banana, and tells you its a zombie? These guys. If you are into physical appearance with a crappy personality and no substance.. this is the spot. Here is to hoping they find their footing better.
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