Page 71 Lounge Mixes Up Cocktails and Music in a Sleek Environment

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BY ANA KACZMAREK

Imagine your favorite dive bar. The bartender knows the regulars and will offer up the perfect drink to a newbie. There’s 80s music pumping you into a state of nostalgic euphoria. There’s plenty of room to sit and chat, a place to light up outside, and of course, the instant dance floor space where someone will inevitably take over and start a dance party.

Photos: Ana Kaczmarek

Then scour it clean, add a retro modern décor, throw in some strong, inventive cocktails and you’ve got Page 71 Lounge in Studio City.

Formerly known as Clear, the locale has the same owner, Bryan Suckut, who simply wanted to take the space in a new direction. The interior is modern and sleek, with a vintage vibe and a few unique features. For instance, the frosted glass doors to the bathrooms indicate which gender is to enter with some provocative photographs.

The space is perfect for hanging late into the night with your friends, or taking a third date to the next level. It’s also earning a quick reputation among singles looking to meet people in a comfortable, fun spot.

But the real stars are the cocktails. As Studio City wanders ever deeper into the craft beer phase, Page 71 offers delicious and inventive alternatives. Mike, the aforementioned bartender, is really a master mixologist. His drink menu changes with the seasons, incorporating fresh ingredients in fun and tasty ways.

Page 71 aka P71 is located a few blocks east of Laurel Canyon.

My favorite was the Pimms Cup (raspberry puree, triple sec, Agave nectar, Hendricks Gin, splash of sprite). It was like drinking a glass of ripe raspberries – perfect for a hot Valley summer night.

Another tasty concoction was the Porch Swing Fizz, a combo of squeezed lemon, Agave nectar, triple sec, Jim Bean and soda. Light and refreshing, it begs to be drunk on a porch on a warm evening with a few close pals.

A rare treat was the Whiskey Sour, which is perfect for the rye whiskey lover. A combo of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, squeezed lemon & soda, Mike gave it the right amount of pucker and punch. Be careful, it’s definitely one of those drinks that you could drink all night with abandon and a big smile on your face.

Of course, there are plenty more drinks to try and if you show up before ten, you can always ask Mike to invent one for you.

Happy hour runs Tuesday through Sunday from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. This includes $5 well drinks, $4 beers and $2 off select premium: Grey Goose, Ketel One, Hendricks Gin, Patron Silver. Also $2 off signature cocktails.

Page 71 Lounge Tuesday-Sunday 8pm-2am, 11916 Ventura Blvd. Studio City Ca. 91604 818-980-4811

Ana Kaczmarek is a screenwriter living in Studio City. When not traveling, she enjoys growing vegetables, baking bread, and generally creating the edible and delicious. Her blog on health can be found at www.healthhoney.wordpress.com.

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  • Delahna

    Last time I checked the drinks were created by an awesome bartender that no longer works there. They lost my loyalty and I will be sure to follow his creations when choosing my next regular spot. Mike is a great bartender though.

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