Accessible only through a Culver City parking lot or the alley to the left of Rocco's Tavern, Seventy 7 opens tonight in a small stand-alone of old world charm and low-ceiling-ed snugness. Taking over the former home of Tokyo 77 Coffee Shop, the idea is to provide a not-that-secret speakeasy, with a different password you'll have to gleam off of Twitter every day to get in.
This back-alley boozery comes from the owners of Rocco's three locales and Downtown's 901 Club and looks great inside (though a manager didn't feel it was quite ready for its close-up), with leather booths, patterned fabric wallpaper, dark woods, low lighting, and nary a vestigial knick-knack in sight; sort of a less-desperate Reagle Beagle or how you'd imagine Chez Jay could have looked on opening day.
Hopefully, it plays somewhat more like the delightful climes of The Wellsbourne, without the collegiate crowd. You'll find both classic and signature cocktails here that also recall the passed speakeasy trend, with drinks including a Moulin Rouge with absinthe, gin, fresh strawberries, simple syrup, and passion fruit puree and a Velvet Underground of champagne, creme de violette, and velvet fulcrum served at your shiny, shiny, shiny booths of leather. There's also beer and wine, if you're going to be that way.
The bar will be open, all clandestine-like, from 5:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. daily.
Seventy 7, 3843 Main St. Culver City. 310-559-7077.