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 93 people

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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
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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).

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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!
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.
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