Built in 1942, the Hollywood icon offers homemade food and drinks with a vintage vibe of the 1940s. Boardner’s by La Belle has actually been serving drinks at its location since the late 1920s when it was coined ‘My Blue Heaven’ by singer Gene Austin.
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Boardner’s by La Belle resides in the Cherokee Building, a historic landmark structure designed by Norman Alpaugh, who was also the architect for Santa Monica’s Elmiro Theater. The bar became a speakeasy during Prohibition before Steve Boardner bought the establishment in the 1940s and made it somewhat legitimate. It then turned into a notorious gambling site for Hollywood’s elite.
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This Tinseltown favorite is located on a quiet street off Hollywood Boulevard and features a gorgeous art nouveau bar and lounge area connected to a dance club with a second-floor loft that overlooks the dance floor. Close to 80 years later, Boardner’s by La Belle is still a local’s favorite serving Moscow Mules and signature cocktails like the Red Rum and Summer School.
For decades this historic bar has been a popular spot for tourists and Los Angelenos looking to meet friends or host special events. Boardner’s takes reservations for promotional events, celebrations, corporate events, and weddings. La Belle's catering menu includes salads, burgers, pasta, tacos, and more. The bar also features services for local film crews. The films L.A. Confidential and Ed Wood were both shot at Boardner's.
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Boardner’s by La Belle is open seven days a week from 5:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. In addition, they are open all day on Sundays, with no cover charge. The bar’s happy hour is from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Also you'll receive $2 off all specialty drinks and domestic beers and $7 appetizers. You must be 21-years-old to enter.
Stop by, and you’ll see why Boardner’s is one of Hollywood’s most revered venues with its “Stiff cocktails and the best jukebox in town!”