Black Rabbit Rose

A Hollywood Bar With Magic and Thai Food

Illusions, Drunken Noodles and Lemongrass Vodka

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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(Incant, with feeling.)

Hocus pocus.

Abracadabra.

Mekka-lekka-hi mekka-hiney-ho.

There. You’ve just successfully conjured up one Black Rabbit Rose, the Houston brothers’ petite new theater and immersive bar opening Tuesday for acts of prestidigitation and Thai food. Slideshow: appear.

This works a couple of ways...

Purchase advance show tickets to make a characteristically interesting entrance at the theater. Step into a seductive salon with a Haunted Mansion vibe befitting dates. Acquire drinks, then take your red-swathed séance table by the corner stage, which may contain an illusionist, an escape artist, a burlesque virtuoso or a musician, depending on when you’re there.

Or, at any time, head over to the bar where Butchers & Barbers once lived. There’s a bit of a Far Eastern explorer’s club feel now, with faded walls announcing bygone magicians and a Thai-Chinese menu from Crying Tiger. Expect there to be a little magic occurring behind the bar, too. And we don’t mean the drinks.

But now we do mean the drinks. Drinks like the smoked Negronis and activated-charcoal-bearing lemongrass vodka cocktails you’ll juggle while squeezing into a booth beneath the display case holding hundreds of exotic airplane bottles.

Normal things can be magic, too.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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