Ladies and Gentlemen,
And I mean, Ladies and Gentlemen.
This Wednesday in Venice the place to be will be the Del Monte Speakeasy in The Townhouse basement. Why?
The Townhouse originally opened in 1915 as Minotti’s Buffet. In the 1920s during the Prohibition Era the basement of the buffet was transformed into a speakeasy with murals of southern California on the walls, including romanticized images of the Venice Canals. In the 1950s the buffet shut down and was transformed into a bar called The Townhouse which continues to opearte today. The Del Monte Speakeasy is now a part of The Townhouse and operates special events.
This Wednesday at 9 pm this historical monument will be the home of an hour-long comedy show featuring local Venice comedians followed by a burlesque show. Sounds classy, no? The classiest part is that this Wednesday there will also be no cover for entrance to the basement on top of everything else. The atmosphere of the Townhouse is very much Hipster/Beach bar with casual dress. However, the speakeasy has a Steampunk atmosphere and the burlesque show makes me want to dress to the nines and find a date with a zoot suit.
Our suggestion for the evening? Go to the Townhouse after work for dinner during happy hour (5-7 p.m.) followed by the comedy show at 9 p.m. and if you’re feeling frisky, stick around for the burlesque show at 11p.m. If you’re not in the mood for dinner and just want to kill some time before the shows, take stroll around Winward Avenue. Abott Kinney originally had this section of Venice built to resemble the Plaza San Marco in Venice, Italy and many of the buildings are historical relics from the 1910s.
Here’s a summary of the details:The Townhouse Del Monte Speakeasy 52 Winward Ave Venice, CA 90291 (310) 392-4040 Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. House wines Beer Specials Half-Price Well Drinks Bartender’s Choice (Outside Food O.K.) 9 p.m. Venice Underground Comedy Show 11 p.m. Redlight Burlesque Show NO COVER
Finally, we’d like to suggest that if you’re going to attend the shows, that you arrive about thirty minutes early as Yelp! suggests that there is typically a line to get in at the door.
We’re excited about the shows and the Steampunk bar and hope you can come out to enjoy this fun attraction in Venice!
The Writing Staff