In 1978, a night club and cabaret named Mama Lion first opened its doors at this very same location at the landmark corner of 6th and Western Avenue. It quickly became one of the areas hottest destinations, where some of LA’s finest came to dine, groove to live music, and dance the night away.
After a long and successful run, Mama Lion was later bought out and the space became home to a series of notable nightclubs in the 80s and 90s, including “Juliana’s” and “Sixth Avenue”. However, this storied space eventually fell into disrepair, becoming blighted and vacant for many years.
Nearly 40 years later, Mama Lion roared back to life after extensive construction and reimagining of the space in May 2017. The name of the venue was restored as an homage to the original venue and in recognition of the historical significance Mama Lion played in launching the local nightlife scene decades ago.
Our vision was to create a space that maintained many of the original elements of this historic 1926 building while seamlessly infusing contemporary design elements. The result is a truly unique and timeless space created by our award winning design team.
Centrally located in the Wilshire Center – Koreatown area, Mama Lion is a widely acclaimed restaurant, bar and lounge serving as one of the city’s premiere cultural destinations for dining, entertainment and nightlife. Mama Lion is a venue where food, drinks, music and art intersect to satisfy all of your senses.
We are open for business Tuesday-Saturday offering after work Happy Hour, cocktails, dinner and late night bites. Join us after dinner service as Mama Lion transitions into a supperclub featuring LA’s top DJ’s, live music shows and special events. Intimate yet spacious, Mama Lion is also an ideal venue for private and corporate events.