A Walk Down Memory Lane to Angel's!
Since Angel’s closed its doors at the beginning of 2012, its website has seen various iterations as other people have bought the domain and put their own content up. When I saw the domain was once again available I immediately bought it and decided to rebuild the site to it’s nostalgic self. By using archived content, I have attempted to bring back the spirit of the original Angel’s website. Please be indulgent if it is not exactly as you remember it. Close your eyes and drift back to the evenings you spent at this sexy looking retro piano bar and supper club when it was jumping. With its groovy, local bands, jazz musicians, R&B artists, and other soulful performances throughout the week, Depression-era radio tunes and late night modern dance tunes in between, tasty specialties, and numerous cocktails of the old school variety that harken back to the Prohibition-era such as Harvey Wallbangers, Singapore Slings, Manhattans, Bellinis, Sidecars, and Rusty Nails, along with some amazing “original” modern mixes like their absinthe-minded martinis, Angel’s probably was many things to many people. In a town full of hip and trendy bars, Angel's, which one could say was a throwback to the 1930s and 40s, was beloved by those seeking a different vibe at their bar.
I always stopped by Angel’s when I was visiting friends in town. Since I moved to New Orleans, I had not been back in a long while. Don't get me wrong, Louisiana has an abundance of entertainment/dining joints and as an attorney focused on injured maritime workers, I'm not averse to a little r and r on occasion. I feel good about helping these poor workers, laborers really, because the policies of the big corporations always try to screw them. My team of Louisiana maritime attorneys does not let them turn their backs when their employee gets hurt on one of their boats, rigs, machines, docks. But here I was back in town to help settle a family matter. It had been an intense week of work and travel - Louisiana to Santa Monica is never fun - and I was so looking forward to just relaxing with one of their signature vintage drinks while listening to some eclectic music. I drove down Wilshire Boulevard looking for their sign and there was nothing, just darkness. I couldn't believe my eyes. What disappointment. When I got back to my hotel room I googled Angel’s and a Yelp post said they were closed.
So enjoy a bit of nostalgia as you take a look at their reconstructed site.
Remember now: Yelpers report Angel's has closed, so don't try going there..
Angel’s is a cozy nostalgic piano bar and supper club with the ambiance of a hangout in the 1930s or 40s. Complete with absinthe presentation, vintage drink recipes and live music, visitors can experience something new and nostalgic! Pull up a seat and grab something to eat; we have a delectable food menu. Premium wines, unique cocktails, full bar, live music nightly, and friendly staff complete the Angel's experience.
Whether it’s for dinner, after-work happy hour, late-night gatherings or even a private party, patrons can expect a social treat that is unique and casual yet classy, perfect for one-on-one or group occasions.
Open Monday through Saturday, 5pm-2am (closed Sundays)
Food served: Mon – Wed (6pm-1am) and Thursday – Saturday (6pm-2am)
2460 Wilshire Boulevard
(cross street: 25th)
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Temple Bar Concepts, responsible for popular, cutting-edge Los Angeles venues, Temple Bar, Zanzibar, Little Temple and Townhouse (Venice) unveils its latest venture; Angel’s. Located on the corner of 25th Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, Angel’s explores an exciting style completely new to Temple Bar Concepts, but with the same welcoming charm and unique flair the other establishments are known for.
Angel’s is an intimate, nostalgic piano bar / supper club designed by Nathalie Chapple with decor and customs inspired by hangouts of the 1930s and ’40s. Complete with absinthe decanters, vintage drink recipes, classic tunes (live and on record) and luxurious seating, visitors can experience the novelties of another time. A taste of the new prevails as well with a tasty gourmet menu, premium wines and spirits, standard drinkables and nightly live performances by popular contemporary artists. Whether it’s for an early evening beverage and dinner or a late night gathering, patrons of Angel’s can expect a social treat that is classy, comfortable and unique, perfect for one-on-one and group occasions.
Music Listing from 2009 Blog Post
Sunday, November 22nd:
The Red Velvet Cake Review, 7-9pm
Come get a slice of the good life; a Frank Sinatra/ Dean Martin mix performed live on stage like you have never seen before.
Sunday, November 22nd (and every other Sunday):
The Kaiso Tree Band, 9-11pm
The greatest Caribbean hits from Havana to Port of Spain. Wine and dine to a live steel pan trio playing classic songs and rhythms of Calypso, Soca, Merengue, Reggae and Son.
Tuesdays (Nov. 24th and Dec. 1st):
diva deluxe, Suzy Williams, 8-11pm
Suzy Williams with her vibrant, lusty voice graces us with classic hipster jazz both refashioned and brand spanking new, bringing the 1940’s feel of Angel’s to life! Joined by pianist, Brad Kay.
Tuesdays (beginning Dec. 8): The Mad Alsacians, 8-11pm
Traditional 1930s-60s French music, Jazz standards in the “Hot Club of France” style, fun French gypsy sounds, and a few Latin selections. Accordion, upright bass and guitar.
Wednesdays: Willie McNeil Swings Jazz, 8-11:30pm
Willie McNeil and his trio perform jazz standards and their take on contemporary music in a lounge style. The inimitable, Mike Boito joins on the grand piano and the ever sexy Mike Uhler on the stand up bass. Taking you back to when music was FUN!
Thursdays: featured solo pianist or special guest, 8/9-11:30pm
Fridays: Nick Rosen and Marcel Camargo, 9-midnight
Joined by pianist, this hip trio will perform instrumental music from all over the world with an emphasis on the jazz idiom. You may hear a traditional samba, a Brad Mehidau composition, or a Bjork tune.
Saturdays: Mambo with Willie McNeil, 9-midnight
Willie McNeil and trio perform Cuban and Brazilian music in a style that is incomparable: salsa, mambo, cha cha cha, boleros, Latin jazz, bossa nova and samba in a unique style all their own. Don’t forget your Cuban sleeves and order Willie a mojito!
When live music is not featured, nostalgic tunes from the 1930s through 1950s will drift through the speakers. Late birds can expect a modern mix of music of the up-tempo, contemporary variety.
Join Angel for the “4, 5, 6″ Happiness Hour!!
$4 well & wine, $5 margaritas & mojitos, $6 sangria pitcher
(6pm-8pm nightly and all night on Tuesday!)
In addition to our specialty cocktails above, we also have a vast selection of liquor, beer and wine including premium brands and your regular favorites
MISS LUCY'S ESCAPE
Blueberry Stoli, Fresh Lime Juice, Strawberries, Agave Nectar
GINGER'S LAST KISS
Gin, Lime, Simple Syrup, Ginger, Habanero Chili
Porton Pisco, Egg White, Fresh Lime and Lemon Juice
Rum, Basil, Sugar, Fresh Lime Juice, Soda
Buffalo Trace Whiskey, Chartreuse, Benedictine
REEFER MADNESS MARGARITA
Tequila, Cointreau, Cucumber, Fresh Lime Juice, Agave Nectar
Rye, Cynar, Aperol, and Rhubarb Bitters
Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth, Orange Bitters
Rye Whiskey, Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters
Rye Whiskey, Angostura, Peychaud Bitters with an Absinthe Wash
*The Sazerac, created by Antoine Amadie Peychaud, the Creole apothecary who moved to New Orleans from the West Indies and set up shop in the French Quarter in the early part of the 19th Century.*
Congac, Cointreau, Fresh Lemon Juice in a Sugar Rimmed Martini Glass
*The first recipes for the Sidecar appear in 1922 in Harry MacElhone's Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails and Robert Vermeire's Cocktails and How to Mix Them.*
Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, and Gosling’s Ginger Beer.
*1940’s Cocktail created by John G. Martin, a businessman who, in the 1930’s, purchased the American rights to the Russian vodka, Smirnoff.*
Dark Rum, Fresh Lime and Orange Juice, Dash of Orange Bitters, Grenadine
*Created in St. Louis, Missouri around 1619.*
And for all those bands and musicians who played at Angel’s …Remember the Booking Submission Instructions
- If you'd like for us to consider your band for booking, please send us an introductory EMAIL including a link to the most detailed and concise place on the internet that we can learn more about you / your band to email@example.com
- Be sure to paste your intro and link(s) in the body of the email.
- In an effort to simplify and conserve, we will NOT consider anything by physical mail or by hand.
Here is a list of friendly DON'Ts:
- Don't drop off submission material at Angel's (emails only!)- Don't mail any submission CDs or packages of any kind (emails only!)
- Don't send submission emails to any other address but firstname.lastname@example.org
- Don't send multiple submissions in a short period of time. We have most likely received your email and will get back to you soon, but it may take up to a month for a response.
- Do be patient
- Do continue making your music
- Do respect the beautiful community of Venice
- Do keep making the world a better place!
Please note that the Angel's stage is a unique, low-key space utilizing no sound engineer. Bands should be prepared to set-up and break-down their own instruments and mics. We provide a beautiful baby grand piano, a simple 6 channel mixer connected to house speakers and a handful of mics and cables. If possible we recommend that you visit a live show at Angel's before booking your own show to familiarize yourself with the space.
Uploaded on Apr 5, 2010