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West Hollywood’s Retro Airline-Themed Bar Has Officially Been Grounded

The retro aviation cocktail lounge is flying no more

Now Boarding, A First Class Lounge Dropped Right Onto West Hollywood
Now Boarding
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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.

Aviation-themed West Hollywood bar Now Boarding has closed. The Santa Monica Boulevard spot sold its last cocktail on Thursday night.

Now Boarding opened in late 2014, taking over for the former tenant SixtySix. Wil Figueroa and co-owner Steve Kelly put together quite a showing when the place first took off, with vintage map wallpaper, cozy dark blue booths, and wide chandeliers. Drinks were inspired by the 1950s era, and the menu read like an in-flight safety manual, complete with visual aids.

Now after just over three years, the bar is no more. A tipster tells Eater that staff was notified suddenly of the shutter last week, with ownership confirming the closure to Eater. There is no word yet on what is to become of the building.

In the meantime, the Santa Monica drag of West Hollywood continues to churn out new bar ideas. Further east the incoming Barbette will bring some French style to the area, while just to the west New York City’s famous Employees Only is almost ready to serve.