Over the last few months, social media rumors floated around about the status of Eagle Rock’s popular speakeasy, Room 31. The hidden drinking den opened in 2016 as the neighborhood’s first craft cocktail bar, but stopped serving drinks in early February. Eater spoke to co-owner Marcos Menendez about the closure, but is unable to share details thanks to a non-disclosure agreement with his former partners.
LA doesn’t have many speakeasies, with even fewer in Northeast LA. Located on one of Eagle Rock’s busiest strips, this tiny 100 square foot bar hid behind a sliding door at 5 Line Tavern. With seven stools, a handful of marble tables, a mostly jazz, soul, and R&B playlist and the occasional live performance, the ambience was an intimate place to sip a drink. In addition, cocktails were full of fresh ingredients, often employed spirits, and always cost under $13.
Room 31 was Menendez’s first bar, which he owned with set designer Stephanie Macewciz. After closing, Menendez said in an Instagram message that he hopes to reopen a new bar in the future.
Room 31. 2136 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA
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It is with an extremely heavy heart that I officially announce, that Room 31 has permanently closed due to a long standing dispute with our partners. It was both, an honor, and a pleasure to serve our community in such a direct and tangible way, and we will forever cherish the opportunity, and experience that we had here. We feel truly blessed to have met, and befriended SO many wonderful people, who made it all so very worthwhile, and fulfilling. From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to thank all of you who supported us, and loved this place, and what we did here. We love you, love our neighborhood, will miss serving you, and hope to resurface soon with a new concept, at new location at some point in the future. Gigantic thank you to our extremely talented, and dedicated bar family @unrealguy , @huntritp , @velocityoddity @bluesy_mcmurphy for all of your hard work, dedication, positivity, and commitment to excellence. This crew never argued for our limitations, and only sought out ways to improve on what we did, and expand the boundaries of what we could do next. I cherish and love you guys like family. I'd also like to thank and acknowledge Room 31 interior designer @stephraemace of @alchemyandstone for creating an amazing space, given what you had to work with; you made magic happen with 100 sq. ft. and a shoestring budget. This page will continue to be run by me, @eat1drink1repeat as a vehicle for #cocktails, #consulting, and #events. Thank you again for your support. Sincerely, Marcos Menendez Room 31 Bar Director