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There's a New Jazz Speakeasy Headed to a Downtown LA Basement

A new Broadway drinking and live music option is coming to life soon

The future home of Birds and Bees, Downtown
The future home of Birds and Bees, Downtown
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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.

Downtown's bar scene continues to thrive, as evidenced by the inbound arrival of Birds and Bees to Broadway. The basement bar will be a live music venue and cocktail hang for dozens of folks nightly.

The subterranean night spot is still a ways off from opening, likely, as this ABC license only popped up two weeks back. But plans have been in motion for the lounge since the beginning of the year, with owner Dev Desai talking to all the right folks (including the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council) for months now.

According to some public filings, Birds and Bees will fill nearly 3,000 square feet underneath the Broadway Media Center building. As an interesting side note, that building is also the home of drink-your-meals company Soylent.

The room will comprise a total of about 120 seats, with an application for daily live entertainment (possibly with no dancing, but that remains to be seen). Hours would run until 2 a.m. nightly as well.

As for the vibe, expect yet another speakeasy feel, complete with dim lighting and lots of wood, most likely. There will be a staging area for jazz bands and other live music, with most of the seating done either in booths or a four-tops with overstuffed chairs for relaxing. There will also be an L-shaped bar that seats 15 at a time.

So far, no official timetable on when Birds and Bees will open. A nascent Facebook page doesn't offer anything to go on, and a call to Desai directly has so far gone unreturned. Still, the place should come to life eventually, adding to the growing number of drink spots in the thick of Downtown.

Birds and Bees
207 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA