What you'll do
Discover the fantastic world of Clifton's, a whimsical cabinet of curiosities that has inspired Angelenos for over 80 years. Built in the middle of the Great Depression, the cafeteria is the sole survivor of a once larger chain of eateries owned by Clifford Clinton, who had aspirations of curing world hunger. We will venture the many levels, nooks, and hidden corners while delighting in the history, legends, and speciality libations that thematically shift throughout the space. We will visit with special guests (including Miriam Caldwell, daughter of Vilma, Clifton’s STAR staff photographer in the 1950’s) and be invited into areas of Clifton’s not open to the public. Curiosities will greet you at every turn.
Hi. I’m Kahlil, a member of the Atlas Obscura community. I’m a local historian and the creator of the Clifton's Living History Tour in downtown Los Angeles, which I’ve led nearly every Saturday afternoon since 2016. I've been leading tours of the historical Gamble House in Pasadena for the past 5 years as well.
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This experience is offered directly by a member of the Atlas Obscura community and has been selected by Atlas Obscura.
Founded in 2009, Atlas Obscura is a global community of explorers, who have together created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods. Community members also host their own experiences, providing special access to the world’s hidden wonders, local marvels, and gastronomical wonders.
A custom Clifton’s cocktail
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Where you'll be
Entering Clifton’s Cafeteria is like stepping into a psychedelic, Redwood-themed wonderland. Complete with an array of wildlife dioramas, waterfalls and murals, the 80-year-old establishment is one of the largest public cafeteria-style eateries in the world. Established in 1931 as a “poor man’s nightclub” with aspirations of curing hunger, this landmark eatery stands the test of time as a bastion of escapism, inspiration, and comfort food.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 20 guests ages 21 and up can attend.
This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
Clifton’s Curiosities and Cocktail Crawl