At Tramp Stamp Granny's, Darren Criss tickles the ivories as buds like Jon Hamm, Emma Stone and Maggie Gyllenhaal sing along.
Mia Swier and Darren Criss partnered with Danny Massare to make their dream a reality.
“Sometimes the singing is so loud that passersby have to come in just to see what the hell’s going on,” says actor Darren Criss of the A-list-frequented yet under-the-radar piano bar, Tramp Stamp Granny’s, that he and his fiancee, producer Mia Swier (with partner Danny Massare), conceived in the midst of Hollywood’s subwoofer-studded club scene. “It’s either immediately your thing or it isn’t.” In a handful of months, the list of those who adore the upscale debauched vibe has grown to include Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, Emma Stone, Amber Heard and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. “While there are a lot of singalong lovers roaming the streets of Los Angeles, we didn’t really think there was a fresh, young place for them to find a home in the bar scene,” says The Assassination of Gianni Versace star, who brings to the glitter-strewn, gilded establishment his musical talents. The tongue-in-cheek approach is most evident in the creative mixology program. “If a Champagne cocktail with a name like Boob Soup doesn’t evoke the slightest chuckle, well then, I can think of hundreds of other bars that might be more up your alley,” says Criss. (For the record, he sips draught kombucha while playing.) Booze and a talented pianist—and singing bartenders, too!—make for raucous fun with a wholesome overtone. Show tunes and “Tiny Dancer” are as popular as angsty ’90s rock, as are Disney classics, which bring the house down so hard they’ve begun Disney Night every Thursday (in addition to Queer Cabaret on Mondays and a new bimonthly Tuesday “Gurlesque” ladies’ night). “Come in costume if you have a magical spirit,” says Criss. This is Hollywood, after all. 1638 N. Cahuenga Blvd., 323.498.5626, trampstampgrannys.com
The avant-chic art and retro furnishings in Tramp Stamp Granny’s set the bar apart from others in Tinseltown.