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La La Land’s Famous Jazz Club Seb’s Is Actually Coming to Life for One Night

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The Long Beach bar that was the backdrop for the film will get a makeover

Blind Donkey
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.

Get ready to strap on your dancing shoes, fans of La La Land. The hit awards season film is slated for a home release on April 25, says Entertainment Weekly, and in conjunction with the roll-out the plan is to turn a bunch of jazz bars into the film’s iconic Seb’s club for one night, including one very important club in Long Beach.

The sort of pop-culture-meets-real-life mashup is nothing new in the digital and food-obsessed world, especially in such a major market like Los Angeles. Just in the past year and a half, a Gilmour Girls coffee shop pop-up drew massive nationwide lines, while locally a recreation of Wayne’s World’s Stan Mikita’s Donuts was put together with the help of the NHL. In fact the latest was just a few weeks ago, when Los Pollos Hermanos from Breaking Bad made a restaurant appearance in Downtown Los Angeles.

Now it’s La La Land’s turn. They’ll be turning Long Beach bar The Blind Donkey into Seb’s for the limited run, and there’s a special connotation to this place considering it was the literal backdrop for the film version of Seb’s anyway. Expect a full neon Seb’s sign, actual live music and cocktails galore on April 25 — though there’s no guarantee that Gosling will show.