One of the first Tiki bars in Los Angeles! Called "The Tropics" this bar and restaurant was opened by Harry Sugarman 1934 or 1935. Sugarman was known as "Sugie" and he was the manager of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. He had also opened another Tropics club at Sunset and Vine.
The Tropics was billed as an informal cocktail lounge for the Motion Picture Industry, and had a glass roof in their "Rain Room" where tropical showers rained down every night. The menu was Chinese, Indian and American dishes. Their drinks list were inspired by famous actors and actresses, and included Bette Davis (Samoa of Samoa), Lana Turner (Untamed), Caesar Romero (Deep Purple), Rita Hayworth (Karanga) and Barbara Sanwyck (Papeete).
It was sold in 1953 to Steven Crane who turned into the Luau, which was destroyed in 1979 to build a shopping complex.