Party Earth Review Opened in 1957, the historic Troubadour, which helped launch the careers of legends like Neil Diamond, Elton John, The Eagles, and Guns N’ Roses, is an important mainstay on LA’s live music scene. Not content to rest on its laurels, the venue is still the best spot in town for music aficionados to catch cutting-edge acts ... read full review of Troubadour
Party Earth Review Whether for Sunday afternoon pit stops or Fridays of debauchery, The Venice Whaler offers patrons the chance to dine and imbibe just steps from the sand. Stumbling distance from Venice Beach, the venue’s location is clearly a huge draw, giving surfers, college kids, and any beachgoer looking for a drink near the ocean an ... more
Party Earth Review Hidden from the street down a dim alleyway, Seventy7 exudes a speakeasy vibe from the minute patrons step through the inconspicuous door until the last drop from the absinthe fountain has trickled down their throats. Part of the ongoing expansion of Culver City’s nightlife, the upscale lounge caters to a refined mix of ... more
Party Earth Review Popular with a lively clientele of young couples, groups of friends, and sports enthusiasts alike, The Belmont is an upbeat bar and restaurant perfect for early evening dinner, pre-club drinks, and a hopping weekend scene. The simple décor is punctuated by ten flat-screen TVs tuned to sports that draw crowds of fans on ... more
Party Earth Review If Rosie the Riveter bought a western saloon, decorated it like a mineshaft, hired a devout mixologist to plan the menu, and convinced her sexy friends to dance above the bar – it would look a lot like Harvard & Stone. A steel door out front is the first indication of the venue’s industrial aesthetic, which continues throughout ... read full review of Harvard & Stone
Party Earth Review Part wine bar, part wine shop and artisanal deli, Venice Beach Wines has created a supremely relaxed little nightspot whose small wood and stone patio just past the wrought-iron gate is packed every night with a talkative and laid-back crowd of creative types and boho locals. On each side of the walkway, raised slatted ... more
Party Earth Review A magnet for Silver Lake denizens, Cha Cha Lounge is a kitschy party bar where cheap drinks and a wacky décor keep the crowds of alternative types and young professionals coming. Scruffy patrons stepping into the one-room bar will find themselves bathed in the red glow of Christmas lights and confronted with the giant mural ... more
Party Earth Review Although the Staples Center is best known for hosting mega concerts and Lakers basketball games, hidden away inside this multi-purpose arena is an exclusive hotspot called Hyde Lounge. Scenesters, celebrities, and industry bigwigs head up via a special elevator, eventually entering a room that looks more like a ritzy nightclub ... more
The most visible social scene in LA undeniably revolves around the high-end nightlife: the famous and exclusive bars and clubs in Los Angeles. The in-crowd is deeply intertwined with the entertainment industry, and nowhere is this more evident than in Hollywood, with its ever-present lines of stunning wannabe stars waiting outside the swanky clubs and lounges, and the snap-happy paparazzi waiting for short-skirted celebs to step out of their Escalades.
Hot one minute and cold the next, the LA bars and clubs can be as fickle as the A-listers who frequent them. To entice these leggy blonde starlets, each club attempts to outdo its competition with kitschy themes, ostentatious décor, impenetrable access, and enough idolatrous fawning to keep them coming back.
LA’s pre-club scene is equally exclusive, as high-powered agents and producers talk shop at sceney Beverly Hills and Sunset Strip hotspots and bars with tight reservation-only policies and the steep price tags that come with them.
Yes, it pays to be famous, wealthy, and beautiful in LA’s gilt-edged scene, and those with deep pockets and even deeper connections will find the tall, tanned, and beautiful just beyond the iron-clad velvet ropes, where one can dance with a Kardashian one minute and do shots with Jeremy Piven the next, or catch a glimpse of Hollywood dealmakers green-lighting the next hot movie franchise.
Although the Hollywood entertainment scene garners the most tabloid attention, the rest of LA’s multifaceted nightlife is nothing to be scoffed at. With a variety of options stretching from the ocean to Downtown, Los Angeles offers inventive cocktail dens, speakeasy watering holes, club/lounge hybrids, Irish pubs, and lazy beachside bars.
In recent years, the mixology and craft beer scene has blown up in Downtown, Silver Lake, and Los Feliz, where trendsetting hipsters rub elbows with grizzled regulars over Dark & Stormys and Old Fashioneds, while beach bums, yuppies and divorcées congregate down by the water with a laid-back, anything-goes attitude that makes every day feel like a weekend.
Hitting a combination of all these types of venues in one night may require traveling across the city, but taking advantage of LA’s less stereotypical offerings is well worth the effort.