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Bar Sinister is the premier goth night in Los Angeles, set against a dramatic, beautiful Victorian indoor architecture, and an upstairs area reserved for a little light bondage for the more adventurous people in the crowd.

Boardner's is best known for its goth night, Bar Sinister, on Saturday nights, and talk about being whisked far away from the bass thumps of other Hollywood clubs. Just a short walk down a candlelit alley brings you to a darkened gothic underworld where everything seems a little more dangerous and a little more sexy. Boardner's sky-high ceilings, chandeliers, and Victorian decor add to the mystery, and on certain nights, you can catch twirling ballerina go-go dancers, aerialists, ribbon dancers and more floating throughout the crowd. The outdoor patio features a smoky fountain and a stage that has had fire dancers, ballerinas, death metal bands, and electro-goth bands in the past. Boardner's is definitely not your typical night out in Hollywood, as evidenced by the second floor S&M area. You don't have to take part, but don't stare and by all means, give them some space! Boardner's may well be the only club in Hollywood with an S&M area, so it's definitely a once in a lifetime experience, or more if you're so inclined.


1652 N Cherokee Ave
Hollywood, CA 90029

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Nightclub in Hollywood

Located on a relatively quiet side street off Hollywood Boulevard is one of Hollywood's oldest gathering spot. Established as a bar in 1927 and named after the famous hit song "My Blue Heaven", and actually owned by the famous hit songwriter himself Gene Austin. During the 1930's the bar changed a few hands becoming Padre´s Bar, a gay mens bar named "The Cherokee Club", for a short time Club Zanzibar, The B52 Club then in 1942 becoming Boardner's named after Steve Boardner. This long time Institution has endured much from Man to Acts of God, and still continues to thrive as one of the most welcoming and comfortable watering hole´s in Hollywood.

Through card gambling, prohibition, the depression, the rock n´roll explosion of the 1980's and now the Hollywood Redevelopment Project, generations have made their mark on Boardner´s. Hollywood's constant change and rapid growth seems to evolve around Boardner´s as it is discreetly located and its low-key unassuming appearance. Yet you step inside of Boardner´s and a jukebox plays popular hits just loud enough to bring in a good time mood amongst good conversation. In addition to the main bar area, Boardner´s offers a secluded outdoor patio complete with a full bar and stage for live performances' or one might just enjoy a sunny afternoon in Hollywood with a cold beverage and one of the best burgers in town! Boardner's recent expansion incorporates a huge dance floor, fully equipped dj booth and state of the art PA System, VIP lounge with an awesome view of the entire venue and three full bars which all makes for a full house of fun! Frequented by neighborhood residents, Hollywood movie stars and an occasional tourists, Boardner´s stands as a pillar to the community.

Boardner's ambiance and historical characteristics make for an ideal film location and has been a popular venue for many television and film scenes such as Hollywood Homicide, LA Confidential, Beverly Hills 90210, Ed Wood, Wag The Dog, Murder in the Mirror, Up Close & Confidential, Crocodile Dundee in LA, Two Cops, Alias, Numbers, Angel & Cold Case to name a few. Film Stars Tommy Dorsey, Andy Griffith, Errol Flynn, Ed Wood, Donald Sutherland, Keiffer Sutherland, Edward Herman, Vince Vaughn, Scott Wolfe, Russell Crowe, Nichole Kidman, Ben Affleck, Courtney Love, Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Peter Weller, Piper Perabo, Rose McGowan, Fran Drescher, Tony Todd, Jason Patric, Peter Green, Johnette, Tommy Lee, Axel Rose, Slash and John Lennon have made Boardner´s a home for a good stiff drink.

Boardner's resides in a historical landmark building, the Cherokee Building, designed by Norman Alpaugh, also the architect for the Sheraton Townhouse and Santa Monica´s Elmiro Theater. The Cherokee Building was Hollywood's first drive-in business having a large motor entrance at the rear of the building where motorists could park, then walk through a Spanish courtyard complete with its original Moroccan tile fountain as the center piece of Boardner´s patio. Moorish flourishes, carvings, scrolling ironwork, gothic hand paintings, by Grey, and arched entryways, are perfectly incorporated aesthetics of this Hollywood landmark and add to the beauty of "The Boulevard". Boardner´s discreet location and warm ambiance makes for the perfect place to hold private parities, premiere gatherings and wedding receptions as well as simply the most relaxing and welcoming establishment for a cocktail and a good home cooked meal any day or evening of the week but you may just have to wait in line!

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Weekly Schedule

TitleBlue Mondays
Hours10:30 PM -
Music80s 80s 80s 80s Decadent Decade of Bad Fashion & Great music spun by Dj's Mike, Bractune & Bruce
Dress CodeiMpressiVe. The best of the 80s.
Hours9 PM - 1 AM
MusicThe BEST LIVE Rock, R&B, Soul/Funk, Jazz, Gypsy by bands who are putting the music first and letting the artists take over!
Dress CodeNo baggy clothing, gang attire, shorts, bandanas or hats
Hours8 PM - 12 AM
Dress CodeCasual Cool.
TitleBar Sinister
Hours4 PM - 2 AM
MusicGothic, Industrial & Alternative
Dress CodeEnforced! upscale black, gautier-goth, fetish or futuristic attire No baseball hats

There's an outdoor patio in the back, complete with a fountain filled with dry ice, and a stage for every kind of performance you can imagine, as long as it’s darkly beautiful and the performers take themselves a little too seriously.

The main bar is open seven days a week from 4pm until 2am. Dinner and late night noshing is served daily from 4pm until 1am. Favorites from the Boardner´s kitchen is a juicy top sirloin B52 burger, wings on fire, char-broiled steaks and an extensive appetizers created by Chef Oscar Callela all made from the best quality products and fresh daily.


    1652 N Cherokee Ave Hollywood

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