Clifton's Republic

Clifton's Republic Explore LA's most iconic dining, entertainment & nightlife destination and discover the Art of Adventure. A cultural phenomena for nearly 90 years!

We invite you to experience Living History in one of California's most historic venues. Once the starting point of Route 66, Clifton's became a cultural institution that inspired the works of such diverse visionaries as Walt Disney, Ray Bradbury, Jack Kerouac and Jerry Leiber. This fantasy environment, patterned after California's ancient Redwood forests, celebrates the natural and cultural wonder

We invite you to experience Living History in one of California's most historic venues. Once the starting point of Route 66, Clifton's became a cultural institution that inspired the works of such diverse visionaries as Walt Disney, Ray Bradbury, Jack Kerouac and Jerry Leiber. This fantasy environment, patterned after California's ancient Redwood forests, celebrates the natural and cultural wonder

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We can’t wait to introduce the many new Curiosities you can discover within the Republic!  Now gracing the Brookdale Bal...
10/28/2021

We can’t wait to introduce the many new Curiosities you can discover within the Republic! Now gracing the Brookdale Ballroom is this extraordinary Nickelodeon— a rare wonder that marks the transition from the player piano to what we know today as the jukebox. We’re putting on finishing touches and conjuring up the magic throughout our many lands so we can re-open shortly! Unfortunately due to pandemic related shortages and delays we won’t be able to open for Halloween— but we will be announcing some special sneak peeks and opening dates very shortly as Clifton’s returns to celebrate the holiday season!

#cliftonscafeteria @brookdaledtla #jukebox #playerpiano #curiosities #cabinetofcuriosities #wonder

We’ve fired up the neon for the first time in 18 months as we work towards our re-opening!  It’s been a long, tough road...
10/06/2021

We’ve fired up the neon for the first time in 18 months as we work towards our re-opening! It’s been a long, tough road and we appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement! Right now our biggest struggle is helping re-build our team. Everyone has been hearing of staffing shortages— a real hurdle to creating the amazing experience we expect to provide our guests. If you are a creative, hard working, passionate individual interested in joining our team please email your resume to [email protected]! You can be part of our history and magic— and help us re-build and bring our legendary world of the extraordinary to another generation of visitors! Please share this post with anyone you know who might be interested!

We’ve fired up the neon for the first time in 18 months as we work towards our re-opening! It’s been a long, tough road and we appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement! Right now our biggest struggle is helping re-build our team. Everyone has been hearing of staffing shortages— a real hurdle to creating the amazing experience we expect to provide our guests. If you are a creative, hard working, passionate individual interested in joining our team please email your resume to [email protected]! You can be part of our history and magic— and help us re-build and bring our legendary world of the extraordinary to another generation of visitors! Please share this post with anyone you know who might be interested!

Broadway is coming back— soon!  The Art of Adventure returns to Downtown LA this October when Clifton’s Republic reopens...
09/05/2021

Broadway is coming back— soon! The Art of Adventure returns to Downtown LA this October when Clifton’s Republic reopens and you can glimpse a peek at the Neverlands— the intersection of the real and the imagined…. Check out https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2021-09-03/cliftons-cafeteria-downtown-reopening for a glimpse… with Immersive Theater— happenings, exquisite cocktails, exceptional food— and a chance to finally get out and explore the possibilities! And YES— the cafeteria will be back soon!
#theneverlands #cliftonscafeteria #dtla #dtlafood #dtlaeats #dtlalife #dtla_everyday #wonder #adventure #artofadventure #dtlanightlife #bringingbackbroadway @dais.727

Broadway is coming back— soon! The Art of Adventure returns to Downtown LA this October when Clifton’s Republic reopens and you can glimpse a peek at the Neverlands— the intersection of the real and the imagined…. Check out https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2021-09-03/cliftons-cafeteria-downtown-reopening for a glimpse… with Immersive Theater— happenings, exquisite cocktails, exceptional food— and a chance to finally get out and explore the possibilities! And YES— the cafeteria will be back soon!
#theneverlands #cliftonscafeteria #dtla #dtlafood #dtlaeats #dtlalife #dtla_everyday #wonder #adventure #artofadventure #dtlanightlife #bringingbackbroadway @dais.727

Your journey to @pacificseasdtla is going to be even more spectacular this Fall when we unveil the Ring of Fire and an e...
08/19/2021

Your journey to @pacificseasdtla is going to be even more spectacular this Fall when we unveil the Ring of Fire and an entire new and unexplored passage to the Neverlands! #ringoffire #theneverlands #tiki #tikistorm #dtlanightlife #dtla_everyday

Photo by @wonhophoto

Your journey to @pacificseasdtla is going to be even more spectacular this Fall when we unveil the Ring of Fire and an entire new and unexplored passage to the Neverlands! #ringoffire #theneverlands #tiki #tikistorm #dtlanightlife #dtla_everyday

Photo by @wonhophoto

What does New Year’s Eve look like within the Neverlands?  🥂🍾🥂🍾🥂As we were planning the celebration for when we re-open ...
08/18/2021

What does New Year’s Eve look like within the Neverlands? 🥂🍾🥂🍾🥂As we were planning the celebration for when we re-open —as well as our New Year’s Eve Ball— we couldn’t help but remember New Year’s five years ago when @ditavonteese celebrated with us! How would you like to ring in 2022? Where would you like to be and with whom do you plan to spend that magical evening? We’re planning something extraordinary on all levels of our remarkable Republic— and we hope you’ll spend the evening with us! Stay tuned for details on tickets and our re-opening!
#newyearseve #theneverlands #burlesque #cabaret #dtlanightlife #dtlalife #dtla_everyday #cabaret #neverlands @brookdaledtla @pacificseasdtla

What does New Year’s Eve look like within the Neverlands? 🥂🍾🥂🍾🥂As we were planning the celebration for when we re-open —as well as our New Year’s Eve Ball— we couldn’t help but remember New Year’s five years ago when @ditavonteese celebrated with us! How would you like to ring in 2022? Where would you like to be and with whom do you plan to spend that magical evening? We’re planning something extraordinary on all levels of our remarkable Republic— and we hope you’ll spend the evening with us! Stay tuned for details on tickets and our re-opening!
#newyearseve #theneverlands #burlesque #cabaret #dtlanightlife #dtlalife #dtla_everyday #cabaret #neverlands @brookdaledtla @pacificseasdtla

We hope you will join us in just a few short months as we journey deeper into the Neverlands— the intersection of the re...
08/10/2021

We hope you will join us in just a few short months as we journey deeper into the Neverlands— the intersection of the real and the imagined— to explore passion, imagination, innovation, and magic. Never before has it been so easy to navigate between reality and dreams— or so stunningly beautiful to wander through myth, legend, lore, and history. Are you prepared to join us? Are you ready for the adventure? 🔱
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#theneverlands #artofadventure #magic #myth #legend #mystery #imagination #mermaids #cryptid #cryptozoology #fantasy #dtla #dtlanightlife #dtlaartsdistrict #happeningindtla @theedisondtla @pacificseasdtla @brookdaledtla #cliftonscafeteria

We hope you will join us in just a few short months as we journey deeper into the Neverlands— the intersection of the real and the imagined— to explore passion, imagination, innovation, and magic. Never before has it been so easy to navigate between reality and dreams— or so stunningly beautiful to wander through myth, legend, lore, and history. Are you prepared to join us? Are you ready for the adventure? 🔱
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#theneverlands #artofadventure #magic #myth #legend #mystery #imagination #mermaids #cryptid #cryptozoology #fantasy #dtla #dtlanightlife #dtlaartsdistrict #happeningindtla @theedisondtla @pacificseasdtla @brookdaledtla #cliftonscafeteria

05/17/2021

We’re catching up with the inhabitants of the Pacific Seas— working out plans and ideas for when we re-open! @pacificseasdtla #dtlanightlife #happeningindtla #dtla_everyday #mermaid #tiki #paradise #theneverlands

We’re reviewing creatures to reside within our Cryptoverse— a mystical place within The Neverlands inhabited by creature...
05/02/2021

We’re reviewing creatures to reside within our Cryptoverse— a mystical place within The Neverlands inhabited by creatures of myth, legend, lore, and pre-history. This of course includes everything from aliens to dragons! But we keep coming across astonishing critters like the caterpillar here that have been scientifically noted and studied, ones even more wondrous and whimsical than a horse with a horn or a giant sea serpent that lives deep within Loch Ness. We’ll be introducing the Cryptoverse soon— where you can explore the intersection of nature and the human mind— where wisdom, experience, and folklore blend to create infinite possibilities! We’ll be including an assortment of creatures almost too remarkable to believe— as well as creatures that have gone from myth and legend to real. A fun way to explore imagination— since within The Neverlands everything is real and nothing is impossible! And here, unicorns, dragons, and more ARE real and can be found within our immersive forest playground. #thecryptoverse #theneverlands #creatures #aliens #bigfoot #lochnessmonster #unicorns #dragons #mythology #legend #lore

We’re reviewing creatures to reside within our Cryptoverse— a mystical place within The Neverlands inhabited by creatures of myth, legend, lore, and pre-history. This of course includes everything from aliens to dragons! But we keep coming across astonishing critters like the caterpillar here that have been scientifically noted and studied, ones even more wondrous and whimsical than a horse with a horn or a giant sea serpent that lives deep within Loch Ness. We’ll be introducing the Cryptoverse soon— where you can explore the intersection of nature and the human mind— where wisdom, experience, and folklore blend to create infinite possibilities! We’ll be including an assortment of creatures almost too remarkable to believe— as well as creatures that have gone from myth and legend to real. A fun way to explore imagination— since within The Neverlands everything is real and nothing is impossible! And here, unicorns, dragons, and more ARE real and can be found within our immersive forest playground. #thecryptoverse #theneverlands #creatures #aliens #bigfoot #lochnessmonster #unicorns #dragons #mythology #legend #lore

We’re adding new layers of wonder to our Tree Tops lounge as we bring Clifton’s Republic into The Neverlands!  Featuring...
05/01/2021

We’re adding new layers of wonder to our Tree Tops lounge as we bring Clifton’s Republic into The Neverlands! Featuring equal parts wonder, history, legend and magic, The Neverlands will invite guests to explore both the real and the imagined— the world of history and myth— So much work to do, so little time! Over the next two months we’ll treat you to some sneak peeks of what to expect and let you know when the adventure will begin!
#artofadventure #theneverlands #dtla #adventure #dtlalife #happeningindtla #dtlanightlife #cliftonscafeteria #automat #dtlafood #dtlaeats #historiccore #bringingbackbroadway @theedisondtla @pacificseasdtla @brookdaledtla

We’re adding new layers of wonder to our Tree Tops lounge as we bring Clifton’s Republic into The Neverlands! Featuring equal parts wonder, history, legend and magic, The Neverlands will invite guests to explore both the real and the imagined— the world of history and myth— So much work to do, so little time! Over the next two months we’ll treat you to some sneak peeks of what to expect and let you know when the adventure will begin!
#artofadventure #theneverlands #dtla #adventure #dtlalife #happeningindtla #dtlanightlife #cliftonscafeteria #automat #dtlafood #dtlaeats #historiccore #bringingbackbroadway @theedisondtla @pacificseasdtla @brookdaledtla

Welcome back Disneyland!!! 💫 We’re happy to celebrate the return of the magic today after a 13 month long closure— and t...
04/30/2021

Welcome back Disneyland!!! 💫 We’re happy to celebrate the return of the magic today after a 13 month long closure— and the meagre beginnings of a post-pandemic future. We’re especially excited that the light at the end of the tunnel is that of Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom! #disneyland #waltdisney #magic #hope #vintagedisneyland

We solute  astronaut Michael Collins who passed away today— one of the last great explorers of our age.  Once known as t...
04/29/2021

We solute astronaut Michael Collins who passed away today— one of the last great explorers of our age. Once known as the “loneliest man in history” for piloting the Apollo 11 Command Module alone while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon— he was an instrumental pioneer in space exploration and our reach for the stars. His inspiration will undoubtedly propel others to follow in his footsteps as we contemplate a mission to Mars and that next giant leap for humanity! #michaelcollins #astronaut #moon #apollo11 #exploration #adventure #discovery #nasa

We solute astronaut Michael Collins who passed away today— one of the last great explorers of our age. Once known as the “loneliest man in history” for piloting the Apollo 11 Command Module alone while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon— he was an instrumental pioneer in space exploration and our reach for the stars. His inspiration will undoubtedly propel others to follow in his footsteps as we contemplate a mission to Mars and that next giant leap for humanity! #michaelcollins #astronaut #moon #apollo11 #exploration #adventure #discovery #nasa

Today would have been a perfect day to visit this wondrous roadside florist— especially with Mother’s Day just around th...
04/28/2021

Today would have been a perfect day to visit this wondrous roadside florist— especially with Mother’s Day just around the corner! Hollywood used to have such architectural texture and playfulness... #mothersday #vintagela #hollywoodhistory #florist #roadsideamerica

Today would have been a perfect day to visit this wondrous roadside florist— especially with Mother’s Day just around the corner! Hollywood used to have such architectural texture and playfulness... #mothersday #vintagela #hollywoodhistory #florist #roadsideamerica

Look at the crowds that used to flock to Broadway!  When Bullocks used to anchor the corner of 7th— tens of thousands of...
04/26/2021

Look at the crowds that used to flock to Broadway! When Bullocks used to anchor the corner of 7th— tens of thousands of shoppers visited daily to the most iconic shopping and theater district this side of the Mississippi. Who else wants to see Broadway return to such prominence? #dtla #broadway #broadwaydtla #happeningindtla #historiccore #bringingbackbroadway #laconservancy #dtlaartsdistrict #dtlatheaterdistrict

Look at the crowds that used to flock to Broadway! When Bullocks used to anchor the corner of 7th— tens of thousands of shoppers visited daily to the most iconic shopping and theater district this side of the Mississippi. Who else wants to see Broadway return to such prominence? #dtla #broadway #broadwaydtla #happeningindtla #historiccore #bringingbackbroadway #laconservancy #dtlaartsdistrict #dtlatheaterdistrict

We can’t wait to invite you back and breathe life into Downtown!  #dtla #happeningindtla #dtlanightlife #dtlatheaterdist...
04/25/2021

We can’t wait to invite you back and breathe life into Downtown!
#dtla #happeningindtla #dtlanightlife #dtlatheaterdistrict #bringingbackbroadway #livemusic #cabaret #burlesque #artofadventure

We can’t wait to invite you back and breathe life into Downtown!
#dtla #happeningindtla #dtlanightlife #dtlatheaterdistrict #bringingbackbroadway #livemusic #cabaret #burlesque #artofadventure

This is definitely part of The Neverlands.  Imagine what else lies within our Universe of imagination and adventure...!#...
04/12/2021

This is definitely part of The Neverlands. Imagine what else lies within our Universe of imagination and adventure...!
#artofadventure #theneverlands #fantasy #imagination #wonder #beauty

This is definitely part of The Neverlands. Imagine what else lies within our Universe of imagination and adventure...!
#artofadventure #theneverlands #fantasy #imagination #wonder #beauty

While we plot our return— after over a year of quietly sailing the seven seas alone during the pandemic— we invite you t...
04/08/2021

While we plot our return— after over a year of quietly sailing the seven seas alone during the pandemic— we invite you to experience a bit of our passion, romance, wonder and adventure at home by purchasing some of our Tiki treasures available by clicking the link in our profile! From Tiki mugs to the perfect compass or nautical artefact— our Exposition Marketplace offers an adventure of its own! #tikimug #tiki #adventure #expositionmarketplace #nautical #dtlanightlife

While we plot our return— after over a year of quietly sailing the seven seas alone during the pandemic— we invite you to experience a bit of our passion, romance, wonder and adventure at home by purchasing some of our Tiki treasures available by clicking the link in our profile! From Tiki mugs to the perfect compass or nautical artefact— our Exposition Marketplace offers an adventure of its own! #tikimug #tiki #adventure #expositionmarketplace #nautical #dtlanightlife

Wishing you a Happy Easter from Clifton’s!  We can’t wait to have you back for Easter Egg hunts, Easter dinner and other...
04/04/2021

Wishing you a Happy Easter from Clifton’s! We can’t wait to have you back for Easter Egg hunts, Easter dinner and other amazing adventures! #artofadventure #easter #easterbunny #easteregghunt #dtla #dtlanightlife #dtlaevents

Wishing you a Happy Easter from Clifton’s! We can’t wait to have you back for Easter Egg hunts, Easter dinner and other amazing adventures! #artofadventure #easter #easterbunny #easteregghunt #dtla #dtlanightlife #dtlaevents

An astonishing sight made its way through Cairo today— the Pharaohs' Golden Parade featured the mummies of 22 of Ancient...
04/04/2021

An astonishing sight made its way through Cairo today— the Pharaohs' Golden Parade featured the mummies of 22 of Ancient Egypt’s most colorful leaders as they were relocated to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Including King Ramses II, Ramses III, Ramses IV, Ramses V, Ramses VI, Ramses IX, Thutmose II, Thutmose I, Thutmose III, Thutmose IV, Seqnen Ra, Hatshepsut Amenhotep the First, Amenhotep II, Amenhotep the Third, Ahmose Nefertari, Merit Amon, Siptah, Merenptah, Queen T, Seti I, Seti II— this was truly a historic moment. The royal remains were transported in specially designed trucks made to resemble the royal funeral barges that once made their way down the Nile and maintained the integrity of the transport using liquid nitrogen. A once in history moment as we glimpsed this amazing cultural legacy wind its way through the historic city. If you didn’t get a chance to view it live, please check it out! A mesmerizing spectacle as you imagine these ancient rulers and the world they inhabited. #egypt #mummies #goldenparade #pharoah #history #legendary #artofadventure

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648 S Broadway
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A short two and a half block walk from the Pershing Square station!

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I had found this when cleaning out my parent's home after my Dad passed in 2008. Thought everyone might find it interesting.
When will the cafeteria come back?
An alarm has been activated from the rooftop generator/electrical box at Clifton's. It has been making a high frequency noise since 5am this morning. The noise is extremely disruptive to residents living in the neighboring buildings. Can someone from your company address this matter.
Want to take our kid for his birthday this Saturday to Clifton's, anyone know if it's opened this weekend?
Does Clifton's Cafeteria still serve food? We're in town and really want to visit.
My father went here in the forties and took me here in the early 70s I'm trying to find out if I can actually have a meal here with my own children on a Thursday evening but it's impossible to get ahold of someone on the phone or see a menu. Not very customer-friendly and not very encouraging for such an iconic restaurant
Will you be open on Thanksgiving?
Please update your info online. I do online says you open at 5 pm on Saturday evenings. So we are at five, but you are closed! And don’t open until six.
Why only Friday and Saturday nights? This should be re-opened as a restaurant on weekdays.
"republic" noun ARCHAIC: a group with a certain equality between its members. Clifton's was created by an eccentric and has long been frequented by eccentrics. It used to be a place where people from all walks of life could get an affordable meal and feel welcome no matter what they were wearing. The posted ban on "work/construction boots" is especially offensive in this context. Clifton's, under its new management, has become a mere Cabinet of Curiosities, something preserved in amber for the moneyed crowd to gawk at. Normal People who fancy themselves hipsters go there to drink and feel cool in the reflected glow of the creativity of a now excluded class. Creative eccentrics know that soon the Edison-Bulb-and-Taxidermy trend will go the way of the Rhinestone Cowboy bar and the wannabe hipsters will move on to the next big thing. We can only hope that the suits who imposed this exclusionary stricture will soon lose tons of money and Clifton's will go back to being a place for all people, for the people who have always loved Clifton's, not just the privileged few.
See you tonight!
Join the Jennifer Keith Sextet tomorrow night 8/30 in the Brookdale Ballroom! 10PM. Dance lesson at 9:20PM