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NYC’s Bathtub Gin Speakeasy Jumps Coasts and Lands Along Melrose

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The front for the bar will be Stone Street Coffee

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Stone Street Bathtub Gin
The unassuming Stone Street Coffee exterior
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.

Seven-year-old New York City speakeasy Bathtub Gin is coming to Los Angeles, with a hopeful landing sometime before the end of the year. The back room bar will be hidden from sight (just as it is in Manhattan) by an unassuming coffee shop called Stone Street Coffee Company.

Over in NYC, Bathtub Gin is a rowdy 1920’s-era bar that really follows through with the speakeasy ethos, from aged wooden accents and throwback lighting to a pounded metal ceiling and exposed brick. The plan is to keep that vibe intact when jumping to the new location along Melrose Avenue, inside the former Sandbox space — and right around the corner from fellow transplant Milk Bar.

As for the ‘front’ business, Stone Street Coffee will operate as usual during the day, offering drip and espresso drinks from beans they roast themselves, and all in a quiet, sunny, space. Construction and permitting is beginning now, which puts both Stone Street and Bathtub Gin on pace for an opening later this year. One other interesting note: Actor Joel David Moore is a primary investor in this West Coast outlet, while Laura Parkening is in as operations lead for the project.

Bathtub Gin/Stone Street Coffee
7174 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA