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



by 67 people



Everyone You
Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 7.4
Drink Selection 7.5
Mood 8.9
Music 7.9
Service 7.7
Tikiness 8.8
Tilt 8.3
Vibe 8.1

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


February 25, 2018, 3:18 PM
Awesome spot well worth the visit, but if anyone knows the owners/mangers PLEASE ask them to change the music, Clifton's has 5/6 other bars in the same building to fit the mood. The music was club loud, not bar loud, and the music although I liked it KILLED the escapism of all the visual aesthetic. Will definitely go back again; and hopefully things will be even better!
chansuck has visited Clifton's Pacific Seas.
February 22, 2018, 4:07 PM
I went with a couple friends (who know nothing about tiki) kinda on the spur of the moment- we were in dtla trying to decide where to hang out so I suggested we go here since we were only a couple blocks away. I had been hesitant to make a special trip just for this because some of the reviews didn't sound so hot, and also because I read about a 'dress code' and we were in jeans and shirts, but 1 friend by some miracle had worn a tropical print collared shirt, so we put him in the front of us lol. There were what felt like 1,000 people inside of Clifton's but hardly any queue for the door (most of the ppl were at the other bars which you have to push your way thru to get to pacific seas on the 3rd floor). We did wait for P. S. in a separate line inside for about 10 min. There was a very curt bouncer for the line, but I'm sure its hard to deal with a queue amongst a stampede of tipsy people.
Boy I'm sure glad I gave it a shot! It definitely has some of the best ambiance I've ever experienced. We shared a scorpion bowl ($40) and I had a zombie afterwards.
Drink taste was average-good, although my friend had a painkiller and was obsessed (not sure if because of tiki drink noob or just good).
The service was average-quick (we were not ignored, but they def. needed more than 1 bartender per bar)
The decor and atmosphere is EXCELLENT! I don't think Disney could've done a better job (they set the standard for theme-ing in my book lol)
The music was mostly 60s surf, they even had 'hula' performers and a limbo competition, I assume cause it was Saturday night.
We even found a small corner table/seats and didn't get kicked out haha!

I have only a few annoyances and they're really not that bad. The pre-mentioned bouncer being one of them. There are no signs or indications to where Pacific Seas is inside the building. The queue is not marked either. I had to worm my way through the crowd to 3 separate employees to figure out which door to stand at. Then the bouncer comes around after 5 minutes to tell us 'If you don't have a doubloon you can't get in.' ha! at least she told us where to get them: downstairs at the entrance. ha! So after we made our way back with our coinage we re-queued and finally got in. This may be a really busy night thing or it may be an every night thing, whichever it is, it needs to be a done-away-with thing. I know its probably in their minds 'part of the experience' or an attraction for the young hip crowd, the but its very convoluted and almost pretentious feeling if you ask me, esp for a tiki bar. And I'm a millennial!
So, positives to offset other reviewers' bad experiences:
Dress code was pretty lax (did have to remove my beanie tho which is ok)
Service was fine considering how many people and employees were helpful.
Overall- it was worth a few negatives for the experience!
February 2, 2018, 9:47 PM
NO NO NO! My husband and I tried to visit this place THREE times in the last year, and there has been a road block EVERY time. First time, unreliable schedule of hours. Second, closed early, THIRRRDDDDD, a new dress code that required men to have collared a TIKI BAR. And I was wearing a really nice pin-up dress myself. Turned down... That was a 300 mile drive wasted..
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