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This Hidden Koreatown Eatery Falls Right Out of Your Steak and Karaoke Dreams

The Venue is the basement VIP singing spot you’ve always wanted

Inside the upcoming The Venue
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Man, can Koreatown get any hotter? Restaurants there continue to fire on all cylinders, and just about anyone with a little cash is trying to get in on the action themselves. One newcomer likely to experience some major success is The Venue, a subtly-named Wilshire Boulevard option that aims to upscale every part of your usual Koreatown experience.

The Venue is part bustling below-ground restaurant (as in, it’s literally subterranean), part high-end karaoke room, with drinks by Devon Espinosa and food from roving chef Kayson Chong. Expect steaks for sharing, crudos, and more, along with a full cocktail lineup and a street-level patio upstairs for eventual lunch hours.

The real kicker, besides all the dim mood lighting, brass detail-work, and other finery, will be the incredible karaoke options. There are slated to be a total of 13 private rooms, including even more exclusive VIP options like one giant space that holds dozens of potential singers at once.

Work is already well underway, as you can tell from the above construction shot. If it all goes according to plan, you can expect The Venue to start lighting up the night in Koreatown by very early next year. When that time comes, expect big competition from nearby VIP karaoke and dance bar Break Room 86, as well as Terra Cotta, the new upscale dinner option right next to the Wiltern.

The Venue
3470 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA