Prohibition-themed cocktail lounge opens at this LA hotel

18 Social at the Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown includes a full bar, lounge area and table seating. (Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown doors)

Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown, the newly opened InterContinental Hotels Group property, announces the debut of 18 Social, the top-floor cocktail lounge that transports guests back to the mystery and allure of the speakeasies that defined the 1920’s Prohibition Era. This trendy new haunt – designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, features sweeping views of the iconic Los Angeles skyline from its 18th story location. Embracing the world-class entertainment that Los Angeles is known for, 18 Social is the ideal nightlife destination complete with tasteful décor reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour paired with carefully curated cocktails and eats.

Influenced by the 20th century era of downtown Los Angeles and envisioned to be a place where Angelenos can decompress while enjoying signature drinks and stunning views, 18 Social includes a full bar, lounge area and table seating. Taking cues from the town’s celebrated theaters, whose photographs line the entry walls, the lounge’s dark blue color scheme is finished with neon lighting and metallic finishes for an industrial flair. In addition to indicating its top floor location, the name —18 Social—was inspired by the 18th amendment, which outlined the ban on manufacturing and selling liquors in the early 1900’s.

Open Wednesday through Sunday, from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., 18 Social will feature a menu of eclectic drinks and bites inspired by downtown Los Angeles’ vivid history. The drink menu will feature a range of uniquely crafted cocktails, including the signature FDR Martini, Mann’s Chinese Theater, Brown Derby, Daisy de Santiago, and Pineapple Mule. The food menu will include savory appetizers, such as fresh sea bass aguachile, short rib flatbread, and beef wellington sliders, along with ‘five buck bites’ available for social hour (5-7 p.m.) including the Rip N’ Dip truffle hummus and duck confit quesadilla. Each weekend will bring events, including live music and guest DJs.