This sounds too good to be true but apparently Tokio, the retro Japanese lounge/restaurant on the Cahuenga Corridor, has an effective way to get you over the hump: two hours of free vodka and sake. That’s right: two hours of free booze. Every Wednesday it’s all you can drink from 8 to 10pm, and at 9 when the dj gets started you can take a break from all that drinking and settle in to the deep jazzy house music.
The space is brimming with a sort of Lost in Translation theme: There are hanging lanterns, red leather couches and bamboo fixtures in the rustic dining area. After flailing a bit as a too-cool club, Tokio has evolved into a loungier spot for mellow nibbles and sips.
But to guarantee a place to sit, especially if you have more than a party of four, make reservations since things tend to get tightly packed once the music starts.
1640 N. Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90028