Downtown has a new venue for enjoying KCRW regulars — and given the address’ recent string of globally-inspired tenants (and the fact that the building claims to be one of LA’s oldest liquor-licensed location), its interiors and menu pay homage to the location’s bohemian spirit. The Moroccan Lounge may have taken over the space that previously housed Osso DTLA, the One-Eyed Gypsy, Little Pedro’s, and even an “old cop bar“, but the stylish new hangout is already a permanent fixture in LA’s live music circuit.
The cool club comes from influential club creator Michael Swier, whose first LA venture was the Teragram Ballroom, which opened in 2015. Swier brought New York the Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom — and if the Moroccan’s playlist isn’t already an indication, the venue will give indie music lovers yet another audiophile-friendly stage to catch rising acts.
The 250-person-capacity music room and lounge houses “unimpeded sight lines, exceptional acoustics, and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems” (translation: the ears of fans and performers will be equally delighted). On the menu, expect Moroccan-flavored offerings like falafel bites, poutine, quinoa and couscous salads, tzatziki lamb burgers, and vegan barbecue jackfruit sandwiches, to name a few.
See more inside the venue and scroll through the gallery above, then check out the Moroccan Lounge’s latest show lineup here.
The Moroccan Lounge opens at 5pm Tuesday through Friday and at 7pm Saturday through Monday; the kitchen is open until 11:30pm and serves up happy hour specials 5 to 7pm Tuesday through Friday.
The Moroccan Lounge
901 East 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012