The Varnish is consistently ranked among the best cocktail bars in the world. We're the ones providing the soundtrack. For over a decade The Varnish House Bands have been providing the backdrop for your perfect night out in DTLA, whether you're looking for quiet and subtle, or raucous and fun, we've had you covered. Our colorful family of musicians features experts in Swing, Cool Jazz, old time Rock&Roll, Gypsy, even Exotica and Tiki.
We've been named dropped everywhere from LA Weekly, to Nat Geo Traveler. Timeout says we're "well-groomed". Punchdrink.com says we "lend warmth to the room". Thrillist calls us "exceptional" and says we're "one of the best live jazz clubs in Los Angeles".
We will do our best to be the easiest part of planning your event. Starting with the get-to-know-you phase. If you want to check your band out ahead of time, you can roll into Varnish to hear and meet us, and you and your __-to-be can make a date out of it (The Varnish is sizzlingly romantic).