We invite you to explore the lands of the Republic and discover our many hidden coves, romantic venues and astonishing sights! If you have a favorite location, special occasion or specific desires, we encourage you to reserve seating to optimize your Adventure! Inquire at [email protected] for all your needs and be sure to specify guest count, location preference, date and time in your request. One of our Ambassadors will get back to you within 24 hours to confirm your itinerary. If you have Accessibility questions or needs please contact our team at [email protected].
You may also contact us at (213) 613-0000 between the hours of 9am and 7pm, Monday through Saturday with any questions or comments!
We will be open February 25th and 26th 8pm-2am as part of our soft opening!
We’re excited to welcome you back to our Tropical Oasis!
We appreciate your patience and support.
648 South Broadway
LA, CA 90014
The Pacific Seas invites guests on an adventure—not to a time or a place, but to a mindset. Through the Art Deco Map Room guests find a celebration of the exotic, the mysterious– the unknown; a peek into the Golden Age of Travel through a uniquely Californian take on the romance of mythology and legend.
When he first opened Clifton’s in 1931, Clifford Clinton sought to nourish the public’s spirit, deeply demoralized by the effects of the Great Depression. He felt that the intrigue of travel to exotic lands might give guests a respite from their economic realities. Visitors responded so passionately to his introduction of palm trees at the Clifton’s location on Olive (the Cafeteria of the Tropics) he decided to do something revolutionary: he transformed the entire environment into the Pacific Seas, a mythical tropical oasis in the midst of Downtown’s urban jungle, complete with neon palm trees, waterfalls and authentic Polynesian artifacts. Shortly after, Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic created their legendary bars—later to become known as the birth of Tiki.
The current Pacific Seas embodies the energy and exuberance of the original— a way to experience the Golden Age of Travel without leaving Downtown Los Angeles. It also pays homage to Polynesian and Tiki Classics no longer with us, from Bahooka and its maze of fish tanks and canoes to Tiki Bob’s and its carved icons and a plethora of long-lost South Seas fantasy environments that live on only in dreams.
Trader Vic’s: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trader_Vic%27s
Don the Beachcomber: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donn_Beach
Golden Era of Travel: https://www.panam.org/golden-age
The centerpiece of the Pacific Seas is the original 1935 Chris Craft Runabout Mahogany boat that has been carefully integrated into the bar. Chris Craft boats were the seen as the pinnacle of luxury when first introduced in the late 1800’s and grew to become the most popular personal wood boat in the world. Some fancier models were owned by such wealthy patrons as William Randolph Hearst, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Henry Ford and Rod Serling. With the advent of Ford’s assembly line production in the 1920’s, Chris Craft boats soon became accessible to a mass market– with this version selling for approximately $500 when first sold— about the price of a new car. Chris Craft’s founder, Christopher Columbus Smith, wanted to infuse artistry in all his work—and his masterful designs combined with exceptional materials set the standards for all personal boats—even today. This example shows how beautifully they look even 85 years later. The Pacific Seas centerpiece has had part of its hull removed (originally due to rot). However, its integrity has been maintained so that one day this beauty might once again find its way to speed across the waves and introduce others to the wonder of the seas!
Named for the remains of the steel lifeboat wrecked upon the rocks (a boat built in the late 19th Century), Shipwreck Cove is where legend has it that many of the artifacts in Pacific Seas originated, having washed up on the shores from discarded, wrecked or abandoned pieces of history. Used as a metaphor for all the discarded items that have been cast away over the centuries, this corner of the land invites you to see items in a new light—to discover ways to adaptively reuse objects in artistic and functional ways that bring them to new generations. It also reminds us to recycle items to conserve our resources and eliminate waste. Many items just like those scattered across the Pacific Seas and Clifton’s Republic have found themselves in land fill across the globe—which is s true waste when you realize both what that is doing to our planet and what a joy it is to be surrounded by relics from our past.
In the Welcome Hut you’ll find Jeaux (pronounced “Joe”), the approximately 1600-year-old Mayan god who greets every guest as they enter the Pacific Seas. Thought to be the descendant of Acan, the Mayan god of intoxication, Jeaux is one of over 250 different deities within the Mayan culture who control everything from the weather to the harvest (to a beautiful night on the town!) When Bishop Diego de Landa burned most of the books of the Mayan culture in 1562 nearly all the rich and intricate Mayan history was lost, leaving much of the story of each deity to the gods themselves. Today we ask guests to greet Jeaux as they enter the Pacific Seas and rub him gently on the head as they join us in celebrating the astonishing history and legacy of a people who created spectacular cities and pyramids, revolutionary mathematics and astrological observations and magnificent art in Mesoamerica approximately two millennia prior to the European invasion that nearly wiped out all indigenous people in the region. We always thank Jeaux on our way out for his hospitality, generosity and kindness. He takes care of friends and those who respect the past and preserve the present for future generations.
To keep the rain from our stash of fine and curated Rhums securely houses behind the bars that used to hold the scallywags and buccaneers who’d gotten out of hand—we placed the wing of a DC-3 that washed upon the shores in Shipwreck Cove as a makeshift roof. The DC-3 was the aircraft that revolutionized air travel in the 1930’s and 40’s as the pioneer in transcontinental travel and long-haul sleeper routes. Able to cross the United States in a mere 15 hours (with three stops for fueling!) the DC-3 ushered in an unparalleled Golden Era of Travel that allowed people to explore the world without committing to long expeditions or dangerous (and costly) months-long adventures. Our wing comes from a TWA plane built in the mid-1930’s and was one of the 607 civil aircraft to be produced. We are proud that it helps us protect our Rhum heritage and we wish it could tell the stories of its likely hundreds of thousands of miles of service during such an astonishing era!
There are no less than twelve vintage canoes (or partial canoes) within the Pacific Seas. The oldest date back a little over 200 years, with the rest between 65 and 100 years old. Most are from Papua New Guinea and bear a wide range of examples of designs, innovation and styles that allowed people to not only survive in an island environment, but to explore and expand in every direction for thousands of miles (often across open seas). Though people have inhabited this region for nearly sixty thousand years, many originally arrived by crossing a land bridge that linked the region to Australia during the Great Ice Age. It was only much more recently—in the last 3000 years or so, that migration required more sophisticated travel across the open oceans that led to the stunning achievements in canoes.
Located in the farthest corner of the Pacific Seas is Charlie’s Galleon—a semi-private room made from the Moorish Arched elements of Charlie Chaplin’s first Hollywood home, Moorcrest, located in the Beechwood Canyon area of the Hollywood Hills, Chaplin’s residence in the late teens and early 1920’s. An onion domed palace, the home was where he lived while he created The Kid, one of his most astonishing works, as well as the location of the meeting that founded United Artists in 1919 between Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Chaplin. The house was later sold to the family of Mary Astor, who starred in such iconic films as The Maltese Falcon and Meet Me in St. Louis.
The windows of Charlie’s Galleon were from the poolside bungalow– and if you look out them you can still imagine the exuberant parties, Hollywood mayhem and classic stars that frolicked in Hollywood’s earliest Golden Age.
We are dedicated to a resurgence of old world style and sense of romance that once dominated Los Angeles Nightlife. Thus innovative, sophisticated and cultured attire is highly encouraged.
Our Dress Code is enforced after 9pm in all areas as specified below.
We always strive to more quickly accommodate those whose style and imagination embrace the fantasy environment at Clifton’s Republic as it is our intention to provide an exceptional, elevated guest experience in keeping with the theme of the space. We ask that you please refrain from wearing the following: athletic wear (including backpacks, shorts, jerseys, hoodies, ball caps) & flip-flops or sandals; short sleeved t-shirts; and excessively torn or baggy jeans.
Exceptions to the above are made for Island and Resort Wear that is in keeping with the Tropical theme of the Pacific Seas– however flip-flops are never allowed under any circumstances due to safety concerns. Please note: guest who meet the Dress Code for the Pacific Seas but not the rest of the Republic will not be allowed entry to the Tree Tops Lounge due to its upscale atmosphere.
Our Door Manager has sole discretion with regards to enforcement of our Dress Code and can make accommodations based upon special circumstances. We will never allow our Dress Code to be applied in a discriminatory fashion and accommodations will always be made as per any Federal, State or Local legal requirements. If you have any questions or concerns please ask to speak to the Manager on Duty directly. Any issues should be brought to our attention promptly so they can be addressed on site. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our Dress Code you can also email us at [email protected] or call us at (213) 613-0000 and ask to speak to a Manager.
We thank you for your understanding and help in making your Clifton’s experience a legendary one!
Ample surface and structure parking is available within blocks of Clifton’s Republic at reasonable prices. Please check the map for current offerings. Valet is available for Special Events– check on the Experiences page for details, times and pricing for the event you plan on attending.
The Pershing Square Metro Station is a mere five minute walk from Clifton’s Republic and provides easy access.
We strive to meet all ADA requirements and needs and wish to offer any assistance within our power to assure both a positive Guest experience and compliance with any applicable laws. We have one passenger elevator located at the rear North corner of the building which is always available for Guest use as necessary and reaches all floors of the property including the Basement. ADA restrooms are located within the Basement and on floors 3 & 4. Listening devices and other accommodations are available on site– please ask any Associate or Manager for assistance and they will be happy to help! If you have any questions or concerns or additional needs or requirements please email us at [email protected] and one of our Ambassadors will get right back to you.
It is extremely important that all Guests celebrate and experience our venues responsibly. We want you to be safe, sane– and survive! We also want you to be respectful of other Guests and individuals with whom you may come into contact after drinking. Our Designated Drive Program provides complimentary soft drinks and water to your party’s Designated Driver, as well as 25% off any single food item the Designated Driver may wish to enjoy. For more information please feel free to ask any Associate or ask for the Manager on duty to assist in any way. This policy is also detailed on all menus throughout The Republic.
Please choose and use a Designated Driver!
We strive to assure that our Guests enjoy their experience and stay safe and healthy and meet any dietary restrictions! We wish to bring to your attention that all menu items may contain or have come into contact with WHEAT, EGGS, PEANUTS, TREE NUTS, SOYBEANS, FISH, SHELLFISH and MILK.
Please also be aware that we use a common fryer and other equipment and surfaces in food preparation and storage. Due to these circumstances we are unable to guarantee that any menu item can be completely free of allergens or other food cross contamination.
Even if an item is labelled Vegetarian or Vegan on the menu, it has been prepared in a common kitchen with surfaces and equipment that may have come into contact with meat or other animal products. Though we work diligently to make sure products contain as little animal product as possible, we do not guarantee that trace amounts of animal products or milk will not be found in all menu items.
CONSUMING RAW OR UNDERCOOKED MEATS, POULTRY, SEAFOOD, SHELLFISH OR EGGS MAY INCREASE YOUR RISK OF FOODBORNE ILLNESS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS.
Please be sure to let your Server know about any concerns, special needs or allergies and ask to speak with a Manager or the Chef if you need more information. If you have any questions regarding food allergens or other dietary concerns please email us at [email protected].
We are always looking for positive, energetic and adventurous Associates! If you are interested in a job in any position please email us at [email protected]
Be sure to include information about yourself and your desired position as well as a resume.
We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to ensure that no applicant for employment or employee is denied equal opportunity because of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), family or personal medical history, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. We will provide reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants with disabilities, and for religious observances and practices and continue to work diligently to maintain a workplace free from discrimination. We follow all Federal, State and Local regulations with regards to employment discrimination and strive to promote a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect in all our actions and policies.