When hitting up a night club in Los Angeles, one must include the Mint on their list. A local landmark, this Los Angeles night club was established in 1937 and is celebrating its 70th year here in 2007. Its best known for its live music and over the years many greats have not only played here, they got their starts by playing The Mint. Back in the day, the likes of Stevie Wonder, Willie Dixon, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles and more graced its stage and more recently, Ben Harper, Macy Gray, The Wallflowers honed their craft and kicked off their careers playing this Los Angeles night club. Although live music is what we are known for, many people come to the Mint just to hang out, grab some of our tapas style cuisine and some drinks. The kitchen is usually open until midnight, there is a full bar and we have beer on tap and a great wine list to suit any palate and budget.
The Mint, first opened in 1937, has been a mainstay among live music venues in Los Angeles. Over the years it has become a home away from home for musicians and music lovers alike. In 2007, the Mint is celebrating its 70th year as a live music venue. In the clubs’ early years it became know for its great blues artists. Taj Mahal and his Phantom Blues Band recorded a grammy for best contemporary blues album, “Shoutin in Key”. Jimmy Witherspoon also received a grammy nomination when he recorded an album with Robben Ford here called, “Live at the Mint” . While the Mint carved out a nice reputation for its live music in Los Angeles with the Blues, in the mid 90’s it began to expand its musical direction and many musical talents began their careers here. Ben Harper, Macy Gray, The Wallflowers, Jeff Buckley and Pete Yorn to name a few who spent their early years honing their craft at the Mint.
These artists, among others, have cemented The Mints’ reputation as a live music venue in Los Angeles and we hope to continue this for years to come. Our stated goal is that music lovers can come here on any given night and expect to hear music that meets a high standard. While not as big as some other live music clubs in Los Angeles and not located on the strip in Hollywood, The Mint still manages to hold its own. It is a smaller, intimate club with high quality bands and without some of the inconveniences of its Hollywood competitors. “Pound for pound, it’s the best live music venue in Los Angeles” Leo Nocentelli , founding member of The Meters (and boxing enthusiast). Come early and eat dinner. The kitchen puts out a tapas style menu, has had some nice reviews and is usually open late. Full bar, wine list and tap beers. Valet available.
Located on Pico Blvd near Crescent Heights, this Los Angeles night club manages to be close to it all. The Mint is just 5 minutes south of Hollywood, but without all the congestion and high priced parking and a 10-15 minute drive will get you to the nightclub from the westside. Valet Parking available.