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Inside Blind Barber, Highland Park’s Sultry New Cocktail Hideaway

The whole thing is tucked neatly behind a barber shop

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.

Highland Park’s new culinary ascension continues today with Blind Barber, the upscale speakeasy with a haircutting shop attached. The space is open for limited previews as of last night, so take a look inside.

Whereas the carved out 2012-era Culver City location of Blind Barber is trim and simple, this new location offers a whole lot more decadence. Forget the checker tiled floors, this is a retro den for drinks and conversation, filled with mod furniture and chic ‘70s palm frond wallpaper. There’s even a completely separate nook that acts like a mid-century living room, complete with an almost unreal starlit dome overhead. Expect comfortable throwback booths, retro lighting, a DJ area in one corner, and lots of space to mingle beneath the low corkboard ceiling.

Partners Jeff Laub, Josh Boyd, Adam Kirsch, and Matt Breen are all in on this new location, and much like the other Blind Barber locations in Chicago and New York City, this location will serve stiff drinks and a tight collection of grilled cheese sandwiches and tacos thanks to chef Ted Hirsh. The first soft opening launch night was yesterday, and the bar will be keeping limited hours from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday for the next several weeks. Expect a grander opening on March 2, with hours thereafter from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. every night except Sunday. The barber shop up front is ready to cut as well, opening up at 11 a.m. daily.

Blind Barber Highland Park
5715 Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA

Blind Barber
A side room complete with starry dome overhead
Blind Barber
Relaxed booths along a brick wall
Blind Barber
Room for friends
Blind Barber
The entryway from up front
Blind Barber
The barber shop that begins it all
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