Ah the 80s. It's everyone's favorite decade, at least for those who can remember all the cheesy, weird, and campy things that made it a cultural memory worth keeping. And the Houston Brothers, who've delved into the 70s with Good Times at Davey Wayne's, to the 40s in Havana at La Descarga, are going for their latest period piece inside The Line Hotel with Break Room 86. With a secret entrance along Ardmore on the back side of the hotel, the glory of the 80s is on full display inside.
So, what are some of the most intriguing design elements at Break Room 86?
1. There's enough subway tile to fill half a New York City subway station.
2. A Marshall half-stack sits on the stage. Yes, in addition to amplified tunes, there will be live music at the venue.
3. High school lockers. Actually, a high school hallway with a vending machine that...does something special. You'll have to find out.
4. Karaoke rooms decked out in 80s kitsch, like tacky vinyl records on the walls and neon Pepsi signs.
5. Vintage arcades, because everyone played arcades in the 80s. Practice your Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Galaga, and Centipede skills.
6. Microphone chandeliers. Yup.
7. A wall of really old TVs, because the 80s were really MTV's heyday.
8. A stack of old boomboxes. They just look cool.
9. A wall of cassette tapes. Remember those?
10. A telephone booth, because the only cell phones that were around were as big as your face.
Break Room 86 officially opens Wednesday night at 10 p.m.
630 S. Ardmore Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90010