D.W. Griffith films scenes from The Birth Of A Nation in the cornfields behind where El Cid now stands.


This remarkable gem of a venue and restaurant is one of the rarest of LA monuments that has remained intact and treasured since its birth as a speakeasy in 1925.

El Cid began life as the Jail Cafe, a popular cafe/speakeasy with a curious ’20s era jail theme, complete with watchtower overlooking Sunset Blvd, booths set in jail cells, and waiters in jailers stripes. Our ’20s/’30s hot jazz night — The Moonrise Club — allows you to step down our fabled stairs into that very era.

No telling what went on at the Jail Cafe in those Roaring ’20s. We do know there are plenty of secrets kept in these rafters and perfect wood dance floor.


By 1932, the Jail Cafe became the Gateway Theater, a theatrical playhouse where The Blackguard had a continuous seven year run.


In 1963 — over 50 years ago — El Cid began its long-standing tradition as a supper club and bar in the image of a 16th century tavern, that features live Spanish Flamenco entertainment.

Today, we keep El Cid’s flamenco tradition alive, and pair it with world class Spanish cuisine and exclusive craft cocktails. El Cid has been chosen by the LA Weekly as one of the top-ten bars and restaurants to see live music in Los Angeles, and is a favorite of musicians and performers alike.