Getting log cabin-cozy in the
Marked only by its unlit address and a small rock garden,
and seemingly out of place on Los Feliz Boulevard, Bigfoot
Lodge is more than just a bit of rustic charm in the middle
of Los Angeles. It’s a bar/log cabin where patrons can
pretend they’re in Vermont, rather than southern California.
With its own Smokey the Bear, a sign reading “Welcome
to Sasquatch National Forest,” and a gigantic flagstone
fireplace, the place is a campy update of the neighborhood
hangout. The decor is kitschy ‘60s log cabin cool taken
deliberately to the extreme, with logs everywhere, an animatronic
raccoon in a stump, decanters shaped like bears and fish,
and stuffed forest creatures. The ceiling is beamed redwood,
antlers hang over the mantel, and Smokey the Bear guards the
restrooms marked BUCKS and DOES. The DJ is hidden in a hutch
behind a massive evergreen, and features a different musical
theme every night. And there are plenty of bands that play
With one of the wittiest interiors in town, Bigfoot attracts
folks who don’t take themselves too seriously (we hope).
But would it cause a Stalker-worthy stir?
So my girl and I are on our way to Bigfoot, dreading it. Theme
anything sounds just awful. But I loved this place, right
from the start. It was difficult to find at first, but once
we did it was worth it. The doorman was super-nice, and set
a positive tone for the night. Once past the velvet curtain
entrance, we entered a log cabin (it really did look like
one) where regulars were laying back on ‘50s-style furniture
and chilling in front of a fake fireplace. If it was snowing
outside, it would have seemed like a winter Mecca.
The entire staff was accommodating and kind, a nice change
from other places in LA. And the drinks were really cool.
Even the drink menu fit the mood. There was a flaming drink
called the Toasted Marshmallow, but the best cocktail was
the Girl Scout Cookie, which tasted just like a real thin
mint Girl Scout cookie.
This is one of the best spots in Los Angeles, if only for
the unbelievably well thought out decor. The place has a great
atmosphere too. It’s small and cozy, like hitting a
ski lodge in the middle of the city. The music is great, the
staff is friendly and fun, and the drinks are strong. Coupled
with the unique surroundings, it’s a winner.
How refreshing. The Bigfoot Lodge is a great place to go if
you want to spend time with your friends and not be crammed
in a bar trying to scream your drink order. You can sit back
and relax, or go crazy and dance. The decor is authentic,
like a real mountain lodge from the ‘60s or something,
and you’ll be you’ll be laughing your butt off
at the small details that really make this place.
has a cheeky outdoors theme, with an actual life-size, moving
Smokey the Bear and wood paneling. There are animals all over
the place, and the drunker you get the more amusing and appropriate
they become. I’ve never had such an overwhelming urge
to talk to a beaver in my entire life before going to Bigfoot.
Yes, there is a fireplace at the Bigfoot (even though it’s
gas), and plenty of cozy places that really put you in the
mood to pretend you just came in from the slopes. People were
totally getting into it too. That’s great for a pretender
like me, because I’m deathly afraid of skiing and always
wanted to live out that ski bunny fantasy. But don’t
expect a quiet drinking experience. The DJ played the whole
night, and the chatter didn’t stop. But it fit the mood
of the night, and it wasn’t the type of noise that you
would expect from other nightspots around here. You could
actually hear people, and I didn’t have the usual ringing
in the ears. I was hesitant to check this place out –
theme bars frighten me – but Bigfoot is now high on
my list of places to hit on any given night.