History

Nestled in the basement of The El Dorado Lofts in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ historic core, The Stowaway has taken quite the journey to shore. Originally opened as the El Dorado in 2016 by Hollywood, New Orleans and San Francisco nightlife magnate Rio Hackford, the bar was six years in the making, and started with the history of the building. In 1914, financier N.W. Stowell opened the building as the Hotel Stowell, and the underground tenant was originally a speakeasy. Hackford, along with his partners Dave Neupert, Carl Lofgren, Raub Shapiro and Jim Peres, built the bar from scratch, pouring over every detail to create the perfect cocktail lounge.

The Stowaway remained closed for 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the partners enlisted New York Piano Man, Howard Stern and NPR alumni Julian Velard to relocate West to help give the bar a new direction based on the iconic LA Jazz clubs of the 1940s and 1950s. Presently the only venue in Los Angeles with a midcentury 7 foot grand piano and Hammond B-3 organ, The Stowaway features live music 7 nights a week and streams every show in high quality video and audio to Twitch.

A combination of classic and cutting edge, the bar is a tribute to its founder and visionary who passed in April 2022. 

Policies

  • The Stowaway requires all patrons to be 21+ and fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Photo ID is required
  • All shows have a $10 cover
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry 

Audio/Video

  • For clearance to record audio/video, the artist must email The Stowaway at least 48 hours prior to the performance.
  • All audio/video recording must be discussed in advance. Fees and house rules may apply.
  • The Stowaway reserves the right to terminate any audio/video recording at any time.

Backline

  • Baldwin Model F 7’ Grand Piano
  • Hammond B3 Organ with 122H Leslie
  • Ampeg Rocket Combo Bass Amp, 1 x 15”
  • 24 Channel PA, Theatrical Lighting, Sound Person Available Upon Request
  • 5 Camera HD Streaming, IG Streaming Available