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By the Glass: The Roger Room

A stone’s throw away from The Nice Guy, one of Los Angeles’ most popular spots, is one of the few secrets of the city worth discovering: The Roger Room.

The dark brown door with the number 370 on it is easily ignored by passersby. However, some people do take a chance to see what’s behind that door.

Upon entering, you’re welcomed by a red curtain, and behind that is where the experience truly starts.

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The Roger Room is owned by two partners who wanted a laid-back atmosphere for craft cocktails—something without all the usual requirements associated with a top spot in LA. It’s not to be confused for a dive bar, though.

As with most speakeasys, the establishment has its own unique flair. While dim lighting and enclosed booths are present, it also has art all around that resembles the ‘90s version of a circus. Rock plays continuously over its speakers. Most of the time, though, it’s the chatter among the patrons that you hear upon entering.

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One reason why the place has a lot of regulars, aside from its friendly bartenders, is its extensive list of craft cocktails. Their mixologists can get a little bit playful with their drink offerings, and through the year a section of the menu changes depending on the seasons. 

One of my favorite drinks at The Roger Room is a drink called Old Sport, made with gin and black tea infused lychee liquor, lime juice, and cucumber juice. Quite a mix of different flavors, but still refreshing for me. Another one of my favorites is their Spiced Mule: perfect when it rains in LA. Their standard menu is quite extensive, with something for everyone regardless of what liquor you prefer. Sometimes, a mixologist—when they’re in the mood—will even create a unique cocktail for you on the spot.

I recently went back to the Roger Room after a year’s hiatus, and it was comforting to see familiar faces—I was there every week while I lived in the city. It was always a nice break from all the glitz and glamor most places in West Hollywood had. It was casual, but with good drinks, good music, and good company.