Enter through the loading dock off Ardmore then walk through an employee entrance. From there, you’re directed down a grey, glossy-walled hallway past the hotel kitchens and ice machines. The end of your destination is what was originally designed as the hotel employee break room, now transformed into L.A.’s newest ’80s bar.
Like most Houston Hospitality properties, there is an element of surprise to the entrance. We won’t ruin it for you.
Once inside, you’re in an underground New York dance club from the ’80s. There are old stacked TVs playing “Garfield,” “The Ghostbusters” and “Rainbow Brite” highlighting the dance floor, a DJ booth with a special area for friends — and a wall completely covered in tapes.
Houston Hospitality Beverage Director Joe Swifka created a cocktail menu inspired by his childhood. The “Rock-It Pop,” named after the old Herbie Hancock song, is made to look like a red, white and blue Turbo Rocket popsicle. There’s a bottom red layer of raspberry black tea syrup, a middle layer of lemon juice and vodka, and blue Curacao on top.
The Dr.J! cocktail was named after basketball player Julius Erving, and is also an homage to Swifka’s love of Orange Julius. His tiki version of the mall favorite incorporates lime, orange and pineapple juice, vanilla liqueur, overproof rum, Irish whiskey and a dash of bitters.
“Each drink is loosely based on a fruit, with lemon, cherry, etc., then they get the modern craft cocktail treatment to make them more palatable for adults,” said Swifka. “The drinks are simple and straight-forward but with enough complexity to mix it up.”
Behind the bar, the shelves are on hydraulics, which makes it easy to move them up or down, and flush with the floor to create a stage area. On some nights, you may find break dancers performing.
- Break Room 86 is an 80s themed bar with karaoke.
- The venue is modeled off 80s music studios.
- The owner has created a variety of unique cocktails available in their selection.
Where is Break Room 86 located?
Break Room 86 is located at the Line Hotel in Koreatown.
How much is cover charge at Break Room 86?
Break Room 86 does not have general admission.
How long will I have to wait at Break Room 86?
Expect to wait anywhere from 20-60 min depending on when you arrive.
When is Break Room 86 open?
Break Room 86 is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays.
What are the best nights to go to Break Room 86?
Weekends are the best.
What is the dress code at Break Room 86?
Dress casual! But do wear shoes and avoid sporty attire.
How much do drinks cost at Break Room 86?
Expect to pay $5-10 for cocktails.
What kind of music do they play at Break Room 86?
Break Room 86 features mostly 80s music.
Where can I find an list of upcoming events / DJs at Break Room 86?
You can download the Discotech app to see upcoming events, and book tables for Break Room 86.