Like some kind of fever dream, the One-Eyed Gypsy merges familiar elements with fantastically bizarre touches to produce one heck of a memorable night out with friends, even if you’re not sure what you’ve just seen. At first glance, it can seem as if cosmic forces are at play in this spooky bar in downtown LA—the haunted-menagerie décor includes murals of butterfly-winged ladies, marble sculptures, stained glass windows, and a stage that resembles a shrine to some bizarre deity. Build up the nerve to face the unknown by ordering up a round of Boilermakers for your crew. Then determine your fate with a visit to Zoltar, a mechanical fortune-teller you might remember from the movie Big that will leave you either high-fiving your friends or shaken to your core, depending on your fortune. Properly armed with cocktails and a glimpse into your future, hit the lanes. That’s right, this place has free skee ball, which makes no sense at all, but somehow seems so right. Competing against your friends in a place that feels like it might just spontaneously zap into another dimension at any moment is about as surreal as it gets. Don’t forget to visit the old-school photo booth for hard proof that this night actually happened and wasn’t just some Twilight Zone-esque hallucination. Either way, you’ll want to return again soon, eager for another glimpse of this fascinating world.

The One-Eyed Gypsy

901 E 1st St Los Angeles CA 90012

(323) 637-4153

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