Located at the Line Hotel in Koreatown, Break Room 86 invites guests to reminisce with its undeniably classic 80s vibes. With everything from video games to Karaoke, this club even features a wall of vintage TVs that play Garfield, The Ghostbusters and Rainbow Brite. Aside from the three private Karaoke suites complete with TVs, VHS tapes, and Atari consoles, break dancers even perform on occasion. The main room is dimly lit with comfy leather couches to sit and listen as the speakers play the popular anthem of 80s bands. The DJ booth even boasts an exclusive space for friends and a wall completely covered with cassettes.
From the unconventional “secret” door that leads through an employee entrance lined with kitchens and ice machines to the door where you have to be granted access to enter an arcade with games like Pacman, Donkey Kong or Centipede, Break Room 86 doesn’t miss a beat.
Even the drinks are reminiscent of 80s classics like red, white and blue Rock-It Pop, which was created to look like a Turbo Rocket popsicle. The blue curacao, lemon juice, and raspberry black tea syrup are all layered to look like the childhood classic, but with the addition of vodka. The Dr. J! Cocktail is a tribute to basketball player Julius Erving and the Orange Julius. It’s made with lime, orange juice, pineapple juice, vanilla liqueur, overproof rum Irish whiskey, and bitters.
Some of the newest drinks are inspired by mood rings. Sexy, Rebellious and Flirty are popular because of their edgy names. The Sexy is black and made out of Absolut Elyx, Amaro Montenegro, strawberry peppercorn orgeat and fresh celery. Rebellious is a dark red with Bacardi 8, Plantation Pineapple, Pernod absinthe, and berries. Flirty is bright green with a Beefeater gin, St. Germain Giffard Creme de Violet, and Mixwell grapefruit soda. With 12 different drinks to suit your mood, guests have to rely on the scratch and sniff for each one on the menu to make the final decision about what to order. With snacks such as Hot Pockets, Bagel Bites, Snickers, Top Ramen and Hostess Twinkies on the menu, no one will be hungry in this laid-back, sporty environment.
All in all, Break Room 86 is a place for good times, nostalgia and innovative drinks with an 80s aesthetic that’s just too funky and cool to be kept a secret.
Images courtesy of Breakroom 86.