Deep red curtains drape the entryways and red wallpaper and carpets create a sensual glow in the chandelier-lit bar. Slick red vinyl booths round out owner (and actor) Joe Reynolds’ vision for an intimate and alluring space where patrons can eat, drink and enjoy a show.
The simple Italian menu won’t win awards but the pizzas are decent and the appetisers offer some nice shared bites. There is a $10 minimum, which can translate into mandatory food or drinks (depending on the night and the waitress). But fans don’t come to M Bar for a casual beer or even a meal – it’s the live shows that draw customers in.
Any night of the week the M Bar stage hosts comedians such as Pete Holmes or musicians like jazz legend Spider Saloff or the funky LA-based R&B band Rory Seldon. For a singular experience in LA catch a burlesque act from the likes of Bobbie Burlesque and company. When the show is over M Bar cranks up the tunes with a DJ spinning anything from indie electronica to 80s hits. You never know what you’re going to find behind the nondescript door in the shopping plaza, so call ahead if you’re looking for something in particular.