Lava Lounge

Hollywood, CA
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1533 North La Brea Ave
Hollywood, CA
Opened in December 1993
Closed in 2007
No longer in operation.

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Lava Lounge



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Humuhumu’s description

Lava Lounge opened in December 1993. This non-traditional tiki bar in a tiny strip mall in Hollywood attracted a steady flow of hipsters. Appropriate to the name, the interior had lava-dark walls, with a smoke-heaving, water-dripping wall in the rear, and pin-point lights across the ceiling. The design was sleek, with a heavy use of bamboo and Oceanic Arts lighting. There were a few tikis near the front. Live music was often featured here, almost always of the non-tiki-friendly variety. Tropical drinks were served, but not in tiki mugs. Lava Lounge closed in February 2007.


September 26, 2018, 9:53 PM
Oh my, how yesteryear and the back up band for Don Ho stole my heart. The women in this magical club could captivate and break a heart or a million. Michelle was always beautiful and so sweet as the Blue Hawaiians reverberated the sensual rhythms util the morning hours, leaving it all up to you to get the girl of your dreams into your arms until the band hit the stage to do it all over again. I've had so many great nights that I will never forget this little bit of paradise in the darkness of Hollywood.
Otto von Abbattoir
Otto von Abbattoir was a semi-regular at Lava Lounge.
November 12, 2015, 12:05 PM
In its day, a surprisingly great tiki bar with a woefully underappreciated music scene and an awesome swingles atmosphere. Saw the Insect Surfers along with the Bomboras and many other local surf bands there during the 1990's. The horrible parking and immediate proximity to Mashti Malone's, a legendary Persian ice cream purveyor whose rosewater ice cream is the secret in more than a few tiki drinks, along with other dive bars in the same strip mall made the place incredibly vibrant without the clannish aversion to outsiders that some tiki bars revel in.
HelveTiki has visited Lava Lounge.
October 27, 2010, 1:45 AM
I have a good memory of the Lava Lounge...

in 1999 I saw Shag playing guitar with the Tiki-Tones there, that was cool.

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