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Break Room 86 Channels the Dream of the 80s in Koreatown

The Houston Brothers are at it again with this mishmash of 80s kitsch.

Matthew Kang
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

The Line Hotel's already one of the coolest spots in town, so why not throw in a Houston Brothers' project? Break Room 86, which opens some time this week, is nestled onto the back corner of the hotel along Ardmore, with a mysterious entrance (like all Houston Brothers spots). Looming above is a bright red neon sign that gives a hint that you're in the right place (the loading dock is right there too).

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Inside: cassette tapes, old TVs, old speakers, boomboxes, and they, why not throw in a couple of karoake suites because this is Ktown, right? Barman Joe Swifka creates cheesy throwbacks like a Dr. J (remember Orange Julius?), mixing whiskey with rum, lime, orange, and pineapple juice.

If singing isn't your thing, you could always try the dance floor (neon clothing highly recommended). If Good Times at Davey Wayne's was an ode to the 70s, this is one decade forward, right in line with the trends that Golden Box in Hollywood and the newly styled King Eddy in Downtown have already set.

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Break Room 86
630 S. Ardmore Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90010