Mark and Jonnie Houston, the brothers behind Houston Hospitality, have created with Break Room 86, an '80s-themed bar with karaoke. The new bar is open at The Line Hotel in Koreatown.
Like most Houston Hospitality properties, there is an element of surprise to the entrance. There are old stacked TVs playing "Garfield," "The Ghostbusters" and "Rainbow Brite" highlighting the dance floor, a DJ booth with a special area for friends — and a wall completely covered in tapes.
Break Room 86 is a blast from the '80s past that comes complete with classic arcade games, themed cocktails, and two karaoke rooms awesomely equipped with Atari.
The food is ‘80s inspired as well – think Cup of Noodles, Hot Pockets, and White Castle Burgers.
The cocktails here are, for the most part, well-balanced and boozy. Some favorites off the menu are the Tiki-style Dr. J!, a deceptively strong tipple made with Irish whisky, rum, lime, orange and pineapple juices, served in a tall glass over ice; the immensely refreshing Ecto Cooler—a concoction of tequila, vermouth, cucumber syrup, sage, lime juice, celery bitters, rimmed with smoked sea salt; and, for fellow coffee drinkers, the toasted pecan bitters, fruit juice and whiskey-rum blend known as the Big Time.