Broken Shaker: $$$
Rooftop Bar w/ Pool
416 W 8th
Every Day: 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M.
Poolside Food Menu
Monday – Thursday: 5:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Friday – Sunday: 12:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M.
There are a lot of hotels in the DTLA area and a whole lot more coming our way in 2018. All of them feature glitz, their own style, and amenities for both locals and tourists the likes DTLA has never seen before. One bar that really set the bar quite high for the competition was the Broken Shaker.
The Broken Shaker is located on top of the Freehand hotel, which is a hostel in the Commercial Exchange building. You can't help but notice the bright marquee on the corner of the building, but don't pass it or else you'll miss the main entrance to the Broken Shaker.
Unless it's a Friday or Saturday, in which case it's impossible to miss due to the huge line outside. Once inside, take the elevator up, the friendly staff of the Freehand will guide you.
Once upstairs, if you feel you have traveled to Miami via the elevator, you aren't wrong. The Freehand and Broken Shaker business comes to LA all the way from the Sunshine State, where it's established a great reputation for itself.
Breathe in deep and admire the breathtaking views all around the bar. DTLA's skyline is one of a kind and so is the Broken Shaker. Definetly one of the places to bring a group of friends from out of town and show them a good time.
A hostess will greet you, asking you your seating preferences, couples do not worry- there is romantic seating closer to the bar for your privacy.
Large groups of coworkers and friends will find a long bench close to the left edge of the bar, but we advise you take full advantage of the great poolside selection of seating they have.
The floorplan really blew us away at the Broken Shaker because despite the pool being dead smack in the middle (and honestly, a good size) there is enough room for people to sit, enjoy themselves, and remain dry.
They kept it open and breezy, just like the beaches of Miami. The HHC team visited them on a Sunday, and we have to admit we were afraid we wouldn't be able to find a place to sit and do our thing.
This is mostly due to the spiking popularity, just about everyone in the neighborhood has talked about the Broken Shaker. Every weekend we have passed by the line makes it seem like it would be heavily crowded, and Eater LA called it, "One of America's Best Cocktail Bars," soon after it opened. Regardless we wanted in on the fun and because we chose to visit on a Sunday, we were seriously delighted to find it was the perfect chill vibes you want before Monday comes again.
We chose the poolside seating, the chairs were dry and comfortable, a heater beamed next to us but it wasn't overheating us. It was a semi breezy night in LA, but not cold enough for a jacket. There were folks enjoying every corner of the square footage. Some were dunking their feet in the pool, some were lounging like us, and others seemed comfortable sitting on the tables by the pool. Everyone was having a really good time but no one was being obnoxious, nor loud, it was quite literally, the chillest vibes.
The staff is what made the whole experience even better, they were attentive, prompt, and checked on us enough times where we appreciated it/were not annoyed by it. We got the time we needed to carefully study the menu and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable about it. Which says a lot because each cocktail seemed to be unique in both preparation and demonstration. That seamless yet obvious sign of communication between servers and bartenders really stuck out to us.
The Broken Shaker offers two different types of cocktails, DTLA Inspired and Classics, a vast selection of beers and wines are also available. Now, let's remember, they don't have a Happy Hour-so the team didn't get to sample the entire variety. Two cocktails and an appetizer were all that we needed to know; The Broken Shaker doesn't need a Happy Hour, it's completely worth it.
Psst...! If you're viewing this on mobile, flip your phone sideways to read information about each drink. -HHC
The HHC Team came to find out a few things; why The Broken Shaker was so popular, how come it doesn't offer a Happy Hour, and what's the vibe? It all came down to one simple answer and explanation.
The Broken Shaker doesn't have a Happy Hour menu because it doesn't need one. It's incredibly popular because everyone who has visited has noticed one or two things; the drinks are original, the staff is incredibly welcoming, and it is a true escape from the usual hustle and bustle of the busy bars in DTLA.
The other thing only locals might have noticed; their ode to the DTLA community. Besides naming a whole section of cocktails for just locals, you can tell The Freehand and The Broken Shaker know- locals have to like you in DTLA for businesses to thrive. Not to mention, we always appreciate an opportunity to show off to friends from out of town.
It's a pretty huge but still growing community, and when it's low tourist season, locals are what keep these bars and restaurants afloat. By giving homage and respect to the residents in the area, providing that escape we all need from time to time, and transporting us to Miami for a great time- the prices are well damn worth paying.
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