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Mandrake Bar

Bars, Lounges Culver City
3 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Mandrake Bar
Photograph: Justin Beal, courtesy Mandrake Bar

If you're looking to bar-hop around Culver City, the Mandrake won't fall on your radar: it's tucked away from its competitors. However, it's convenient for the emerging local arts district, and even has its own gallery space. The bar itself is a mellow locals' hangout, with unpretentious service and reasonably priced drinks. The fake-tree-stump patio seating provides a fine setting for smoking and conversation.


Venue name: Mandrake Bar
Address: 2692 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles
Cross street: between Venice & Washington BLvd
Opening hours: 4pm-midnight Tue-Thur; 4pm-1am Fri; noon-1am Sat; 6pm-midnight Sun.
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Average User Rating

2.7 / 5

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Chill bar with friendly service and plenty of space behind its small entrance.  On a dead stretch of La Cienega, parking is easy on weeknights, more challenging on weekends (and the bar much busier).  Bartenders are attentive and congenial, and there's a nice mix of beer and cocktails to please most everyone.  Sit at the bar for a real neighborhood feel or at one of the large booths in their main room (which sometimes turns into a dance floor or an art gallery).  Out back there's a patio, but unless you're a smoker, you won't be able to enjoy the bougainvilleas and strung up lights--there's no cross breeze, so you won't be able to breathe.

My friend and I love the prices and atmosphere of this bar. It is pretty affordable and there are always interesting people about. It also has a cute patio area..smokers welcome.

This was the worst experience of my life. I used to come here all the time but during the week. Apparently, some muscle head outside decided to literally yell and scream at my friends and I because one of them was planning to park his motorcycle next to the tree out front where I've seen plenty of people park on numerous occasions. I've seen vintage bikes, scooters, sport bikes and Harleys all parked in the same spot. Problem is my friend literally just won an Oscar and we wanted to hit a low key spot to chat and grab a drink. He was rattled as well as his wife and it was unwarranted. The fact that this bar would allow such idiocy to represent them is atrocious. What ever happened to normal, considerate conversation? I will make it my point to spread as much bad news about this place as possible every chance I get.