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 100 people

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10

Detail
Everyone You
Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 7.4
Drink Selection 7.5
Mood 8.8
Music 7.7
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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ackahuna
ackahuna has visited Clifton's Pacific Seas.
June 2, 2019, 8:15 AM
This is a beautifully decorated tiki bar. Excellent attention to detail with lost to see and explore. At opening (6pm) on a Saturday it was pleasantly uncrowded and chill. The Jungle Bird and Tradewinds were average but the Terra Incongnita (a rum Manhattan) was delicious. Music was a mix of lounge, Hawaiian lap steel and exotica.
I hung out for a couple of hours, talked with the friendly bartender and another lone patron about mixology, rums, tiki, etc. but the most fun was watching the faces of incoming folks light up as they turned the corner and saw the wonderful space. Truly and escapist paradise.
I just wish the variety of drinks was greater and that the straight rum selection wasn't so expensive. $14 for a pour of Gosling's?
KevinCrossman
KevinCrossman has visited Clifton's Pacific Seas.
January 4, 2019, 5:00 PM
Mrs Mai Tai has wanted to visit The Broad in Downtown LA for some time and I have wanted to visit Clifton’s Pacific Seas for some time so we made a two-fer.

I had heard nightmares of the “particular” procedures to get into Pacific Seas, including the dress code. On this particular Thursday this seemed loosely enforced but we were prepared. We entered at opening and were asked what were we’re interested in and were promptly given explicit instructions to how to get to Pacific Seas. No doubloons. No feeling random walls for speakeasy entrances. Go up, then up again. Then left and left again, press into the mirror (see photo 10 in this set). Then through a maze of rooms not unlike the queue at a Disneyland attraction. Finally the bar!

Pacific Seas is a “order at the bar” bar. We grabbed a menu to review then ordered our first round of a Mai Tai and a Chi-Chi. I also had the Navy Grog. None of my drinks were awesome (the Mai Tai is made only with Appleton Signature rum, not terrible but not very bold either) though Julie thought the Chi-Chi was pretty good. The Navy Grog was boozy for sure, following Don the Beachcomber’s recipe.

Music in the bar was a no-show until about 30 mins after opening. I never appreciated music in a bar until I didn’t have it. Once the music came on it was what I would call modern lounge. Definitely exotic leaning but contemporary music. And it was a couple settings too high on the volume side. At least it wasn’t thumping... Decor here is A-MAZING. Museum quality. Seriously awe-inspiring and immersive. If you haven’t visited it is worth a visit. The downstairs lounge has a forest theme and is also very interesting.

Cliftons is an amazing space but does present some obstacles, some of which we didn’t experience when it was slow on a weeknight. The neighborhood for sure is pretty rough. The temperature inside was quite hot when we visited (kept us from staying longer). Still, worth visiting with the proper mindset.
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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!
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