Originally opened on June 27, 1970, by Jumbo as a neighborhood bar in East Hollywood, Jumbo’s Clown Room acquired its cabaret license in 1980, going on to become the most prominent bikini bar in Los Angeles. Becoming an incubator for dancers, burlesque stars, and performance artists of national and international reknown, the bar sometimes found famous folks on both sides of the bar and tip rail: Los Angeles poet laureate Charles Bukowski drank there in the bar’s early days; David Lynch wrote much of the script for “Blue Velvet” at the bar in the mid-1980s; Courtney Love danced there in the early 1990s; and it served as a second living room for Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead away from his primary one at the Rainbow.
Being a legendary mix of rock n’ roll dive bar and burlesque showcase for much of the last 50 years, patrons still enjoy one-of-a-kind live performances 365 days a year featuring contortion, pole acrobatics and go-go dancing. In recent years, this world-renowned venue has been featured on the Conan O’Brien Show, Saturday Night Live, Ray Donovan, and was a must-stop for Anthony Bourdain in his trips to LA and featured on his show “The Layover.” Jumbo’s offers a full dive bar selection of draft and bottled beer plus poured cocktails, comfortable seating with good sight lines, no televisions to distract from the live show, and a clientele sometimes as colorful and eclectic as the performers themselves. Tipping the dancers and bartenders is highly encouraged. Come to 5153 Hollywood Boulevard and discover what all the buzz is about!
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