The speakeasy may be a common motif in today’s bar scene, but one that acts as a direct passport to the Jazz Age? Well, that’s worth a trip. The Varnish is a teeny boite hidden in the back of Cole’s Downtown (the famed, circa-1908 establishment that claims to have invented the French dip sandwich), and entering the bar (which used to be a spare storage closet) feels a bit like walking through a time machine. Women wear cloches and vintage dresses, while men boast bowties and suspenders; all of the cocktails on the concise menu are classic Prohibition styles or subtle tweaks thereof. The Varnish also hosts live music LA denizens seek out on Sundays, including star turns from the bar’s multi-talented mixologists. Expect old-school jazz tunes to complete the picture.