The Lincoln

Bars, Cocktail bars Venice
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Grandpa Cal's Old Tyme Cure-All

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Inventive cocktails abound at this auto-themed bar in Venice, where a spacious patio and a cozy lounge entertain both locals and travelers alike.

Walking down a section of Venice’s Lincoln Blvd that’s home to little more than auto body shops, liquor stores and an Orthodox synagogue, you’d be forgiven for thinking you might be looking in the wrong place for a swanky cocktail bar. And yet, just as you begin to wonder if your sat-nav has erroneously guided you to “Lincoln Liquor Locker” rather than your intended destination, the familiar sight of a bouncer appears and The Lincoln calls you home.

Upon crossing The Lincoln’s threshold, you immediately find yourself in an enclosed open-air patio, where industrial light fixtures hang over reclaimed wood tables dotted with ubiquitous succulents. The post-industrial theme continues inside, where designer Matt Winter’s (Melrose Umbrella Company, Power House) creative hand is evident in the seamless incorporation of modern elements and warm vintage aesthetic. In keeping with the neighborhood, The Lincoln’s design invokes the feeling of a renovated repair shop and is peppered with automotive references—the most obvious being the rusty old Lincoln on display at the bar’s rear. Encased in glass and surrounded by antique auto mechanic artifacts, it’s a diorama that could easily be conceived by an Imagineer as a focal point alongside a Disney attraction. Whimsical but refined, stylish but not pretentious and innovative but oddly familiar, The Lincoln might just be one of our favorite pit stops on this side of town.

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Good for: Small group outings and celebrations, cocktail-fueled catch-ups, entertaining out-of-towners, classy but casual dates and Venetians who like to keep their bars within biking distance. Even if you’re not a local, it’s worth the mileage.

The scene: Start-up employees, trust fund beach bums and, well, a bunch of presumably normal people between the ages of 21 and 50. It’s a friendly crowd, at least—during our visit, our fellow patrons passed the Stranger Smile, the Door Hold and the Bathroom Line Small Talk tests with flying colors.

Drink this: With whiskey, housemade B&B, lemon, cinnamon honey and earl grey tea, the aptly named Grandpa Cal’s Old Tyme Cure-All was the menu’s unanimous winner. Complex yet comforting, it’s a cold take on a hot toddy that will remind you of your own grandparents’ prescription of choice. The Hot Route’s combination of mezcal, cucumber, watermelon shrub and smoked sea salt makes for smoky, sweet and summery sipping, while the similarly refreshing Menthylamine is a dainty blend of gin, mint, lime and egg white finished with an herbaceous spritz of atomized Fernet Branca. For those after something with a bit more bite, the spirit-forward Ol’ Horizon is an excellent closer, bringing tequila, aperol and both sweet and dry vermouths together with a dash of lemon bitters for a drink that’s smooth, strong and straight to the point. All cocktails are $12.

Our tip: Arrive between 7 and 9pm and you’re likely to have The Lincoln more or less to yourself—plus your pick of an abundance of available couches, bar stools and high tops for which there is table service. As the night unfurls, seating becomes increasingly scarce as a line begins to form outside. 

By: Merin McDonald

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Venue name: The Lincoln
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Address: 2536 Lincoln Blvd
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Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7pm-2am; Sun 2-10pm
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tastemaker

One of my fave bars in Venice. The vibe is cool and if I must be squished up between bar-goers pleading for a vodka-water at the bar, The Lincoln isn't the worst place to do it. The drinks are average-priced, the design of the space is cool and comforting and I have yet to meet someone I didn't like there which is really the best sign of a good bar. 


Love the decor of this bar. It can get pretty crowded on weekends. The cocktails are delicious. Food truck outside and even hot dogs inside.

tastemaker

Can I just live here?  The vibe at this place was so freaking cool....classy but not arrogant.  There was no cover charge when we went on a Sunday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded.  An added perk is there is free street parking, which is always difficult to find in LA.  I love the outdoor patio that makes you feel like you are sitting inside a greenroom.  There was plenty of seating and standing room, so we were able to relax and enjoy our delicious craft cocktails.  The cocktail menu is small, but makes it easy for the bartender to focus on just a few drinks.  The Hot Route mezcal with cucumber, lime, watermelon shrub and smoked salt was a cocktail that hit every happy spot on my palate ($12). I can't wait to go back!

moderatortastemaker

Recently went to The Lincoln for a friends birthday party and we were a large group so we sat outside. The place gets really really packed around 10 AM so I highly recommend getting their early to grab some spots. The drinks were good but it did take awhile to get them, probably because we were a large group and they were busy.


I checked this place out on a Saturday night around 10p. There wasn't a line but we did have to wait a bit for space to open up inside. The door guys were super friendly and apologized for the short wait. The ambiance inside was chill and laid back. There's indoor and patio seating. There was some rock/indie music playing in the background but it didn't get too loud. It's a great place for catching up with friends or a date night.