By Donn Swaby






While the smog in the L. A. has grown steadily thicker (re: worse) the city has a new day and night spot that is guaranteed to be a breath of fresh air.


Oxygen, which just opened this past January, is at once a restaurant serving European/Hungarian fare. A cool, atmospheric watering hole where patrons can listen to DJ’s spin House, Club, Trance music, and even a night where Salsa dancers can get their groove on.

Located in a shopping center on Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana, Oxygen stands out with it’s “blue” look; neon blue lights line the top of the front windows, gray-blue bar counter top, back lit walls behind the bar painted blue, and even blue wallpaper. Art deco glass top tables, chairs, and several booths complete the design which also includes a VIP room in the back that features a blinking starlit night sky above.

So why the name Oxygen? Hungarian owner Csaba (pronounced cha-ba) Tamas had a vision to open up an establishment that would provide pure oxygen to the patrons. “But I soon found out it would be a potential fire hazard.”

So he opted instead to provide an oxygen machine that lets patrons inhale air from a cylindrical glass container via a tube. However this air is only 70% oxygen at a dollar a minute for a maximum of five minutes. What’s more, it comes in all sorts of flavors like vanilla, eucalyptus, peppermint, cherry/lime, and cranberry.

Because air alone will not feed peoples’ appetites, Oxygen boasts a menu that includes wild game, as in elk, deer, and boar. For those a little less adventurous, there are Hungarian favorites like gulyash, (not to be confused with the inferior American born gulash, says Csaba) poultry dish with the main spice being - you guessed it - paprika.

Thursday night is Salsa night (FYI: free lessons are from 8-9 PM). Friday and Saturday nights are club dance nights. Csaba also wants to eventually have musicians perform live as well.

Off to an already great start, I can only imagine the success of Oxygen getting better.



Oxygen Bar & Lounge
19550 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356

Sun. 1 PM - 11 PM
Mon. 11 AM - 12 AM
Wed. - Thurs. 11 AM- 12 AM
Fri. and Sat. 11 AM - 2 AM

Photos by Patricia De Vera

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