We are pleased to announce the opening of Mandrake Market, a creative life raft initiated in response to the mandated Covid-19 closure of all bars and cocktail lounges in the City of Los Angeles for the foreseeable future.

Mandrake was never just a bar and Mandrake Market isn’t just a liquor store. Reflecting on our friendships within the community we are happy to present an evolving collection of art objects beginning with recent Sojubang paintings by Thomas McDonell, a selection of drawings by Stanya Kahn, T-shirts by Pentti Monkkonen, sculptural objects by Anna Sew Hoy, and vinyl by Chain Letter Collective. Coming shortly are a collection of bamboo pipes by Calvin Marcus, fiberglass skateboard decks by Cannoli Rollers and plenty of other cool things.

Mandrake opened fourteen years ago with GRUPE, an art show organized by Darren Bader and Jesse Willenbring. Reflecting the western migration of owners Flora Wiegmann, Justin Beal, and Drew Heitzler from NYC to LA, the exhibition was presented first at Passerby, a favorite artist watering hole in Manhattan’s meat packing district before landing in the back room at Mandrake located at the heart of the then-bustling Culver City Arts District. The recipe was simple: booze in the front, art in the back. The shows continued this way (Deer and Beer curated by Ann Craven, Melvins at the Mandrake put together by Bob Nickas, Deleuze A to Z organized by Hedi El Kholti, etc. etc.) until the line at the door made them impossible. By then the DJ’s had taken over and the kids from Baldwin Hills made the place their own. Mandrake had found its second life as a dance club, a party that never stopped, until it did. Who knew you needed a license to dance in Los Angeles? Well the cops apparently. So Mandrake settled into middle age. The music got quieter, the bathrooms less crowded, and the clientele more professional. Most of the galleries had gone, replaced first by post-production studios and then VR labs and other tech associated businesses. Life number three for Mandrake: after work happy hour joint and local neighborhood hang. The patio was always full. And then… Well we all know what happened then.
Bars have been shuttered by the city for over six months now. But we aren’t down for the count yet and until this plague allows us to start shaking cocktails again, we’ll bring you full bottles instead. And keeping with our artist roots, we’ll bring you cool stuff to look at and listen to as well. Come check us out Thursdays and Fridays 3 to 7, and Saturdays noon to 6. We promise you’ll leave smiling. We thought California would be different too but hang in there, stay safe and remember:
Yes, of course, always Mandrake.

Preorder for curbside pickup CLICK HERE

 

 

2692 S La Cienega Blvd

temporary hours starting June 25th
tues-thurs 5-until at least 11 pm. Please call.
fri 5-at least 11 pm. Please call.
sat 2:30-until at least 11 pm. Please call.

 

 

calendar

specialty cocktails

MANDRAKE MARY 11

Horseradish-infused Material vodka, house mix, pickled okra

MOSCOW MULE 12

Wodka vodka with fresh ginger and lime

LAST WORD 13

Plymouth gin with lime, luxardo and green chartreuse

GUMBY 11

Zavaño silver tequila, Aperol, lemon, honey

WINTER NEGRONI 12

Val’s Pepper gin, Averna and Campari

APRICOT SOUR 12

Plymouth gin with Aperol, Giffard apricot liqueur and lemon

HAIR OF THE DOG 12

Local Kin white whiskey, orgeat, lemon and biters

DARK MANHATTAN  12

Dickel rye, Nocino walnut liqueur and chocolate bitters

WESTERN OLD FASHIONED 12

Western Grace brandy with sugar, orange and bitters

PAIN KILLER  11

Chiuatan 8-year rum with orange, pineapple, coconut and grated nutmeg

HABANERA  13

Habanero-infused Gem&Bolt Mezcal, grapefruit and lime

CONQUISTADOR  14

Gem&Bolt mezcal with ginger, lime, honey and cucumber

 

info

Mandrake

2692 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(between Venice and Washington)

Hours:

Sunday/Monday 6pm-1am

Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-1am

Friday 5pm-2am

Saturday 2:30pm-2am

mail@mandrakebar.com

mandrake is a strictly 21+ venue

for booking inquiries, please contact us by email

happy hour

5 – 8 pm

moscow mule  $8
frozen painkiller  $9
hair of the dog  $8

house red wine $7

cheap beer and shot $8

 

“best new bar of 2006” – v magazine

“hot list: 25 best new bars of 2007” – conde nast traveler

selected press

eaterLA – 2019

citizine best of fall – 2017

foursquare lists – october 2016

la weekly – february 2016

the culture trip – january 2016

details – january 2011

interview – december 2010 – online

town and country – october 2010

los angeles magazine – october 2010

los angeles times calendar – march 2010

ponystep, trumansays – march 2009

dwell design guide – june 2009

cera traveler – august 2008

los angeles magazine – june 2008

elle magazine – october 2007

conde naste traveler special edition – 2007

c magazine – fall 2007

conde nast traveler – may 2007

spike magazine, “deleuze at the mandrake” chris, kraus, september 2007

the los angeles times – march 8, 2007

the new york times – january 28, 2007 – online

the la weekly – january 24, 2007

paper magazine – january, 2007

v magazine – winter 2007

the los angeles times – december 21, 2006

the los angeles times calendar – november 23, 2006

elle magazine – november 2006

the new york times magazine – october 1, 2006 – online

artforum.com – august 18, 2006 – online

additional listings in timeout los angeles, zagat, art + culture, jetsetreport

 

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yes, of course, always mandrake.