The Pig ‘n Whistle Gets a Stylish Overhaul

Back room barLos Angeles is fortunate enough to have been graced with the work of architects and designers, Morgan, Walls, and Clements, who built some of our most cherished theaters and commercial projects. Focusing primarily on Hollywood and the neighborhood around MacArthur Park, the firm created gorgeous buildings in the Spanish Colonial revival and Mayan revival styles between 1913 and 1939. Their Art Deco Richfield Tower may be long gone, but we still enjoy the Mayan Theater, El Capitan, The Music Box Theater, And Belasco Theater.

Although their Egyptian theater is well-known, The Pig ‘n Whistle’s architectural beauty has long gone unnoticed, hidden by the dark lighting of the pub atmosphere. Club promoter Robert Kennedy has brought back the historic beauty of the Pig & Whistle, with its intricately carved woodwork, stained glass windows and molded concrete walls. If you have ever been to an Egyptian Theater after party, you are familiar with the back room, which has received a total makeover. The spiral staircase in the main room leads up to a small loft (which will become the VIP section). A private patio has been added on at the back of the building, and two restrooms have also been added downstairs, which longtime regulars of the pub will surely appreciate. The addition of period-looking light fixtures along with dramatic lighting transform the pub’s charm into something magnificent.

Taking a cue from the dark woods and stained glass, the space now has the feel of an old cathedral. Prayer candles and an actual confessional (really a photo booth), complete the theme, leading us to a new identity for the Pig ‘n Whistle 3 nights a week. Robert Kennedy has partnered with Chris Breed and Alan Hajjar of Sunset Entertainment Group to create Confession, an upscale cocktail lounge which will be happening Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9pm to 2am. Specialty cocktails and bar bites will be featured (We recommend the Ginny!), and bottle service will be available. Confession will premiere this Friday night. Enter on McCadden and you can even skip the velvet rope by visiting their website for details.

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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