Party Earth Review A time warp back to Prohibition, with a distinctly modern twist, The Charleston attracts a large spectrum of Westside well seekers with classic cocktails, amped-up comfort foods, and music that ranges from live jazz to hip-hop DJs. An elegant speakeasy vibe pervades the open room, where thick exposed beams punctuate the ... read full review of The Charleston
Party Earth Review Tucked away in an inauspicious strip mall, The Woods is a cozy, unpretentious lounge with a retro forest theme that attracts everyone from average Joes to grungy wannabe actors. A simple space with a quaint and playful décor, the bar features a dimly-lit main room decorated with nature-motif wallpaper, hand-cut cedar block ... more
Party Earth Review Located across the street from Paramount Studios, Pour Vous is an intimate getaway for upscale professionals and trendy socialites looking for some flavor of Paris in Hollywood. Entering through the nondescript façade is like stepping onto the movie set for Moulin Rouge, right down to the vintage display case full of apothecary ... more
Party Earth Review Fans of specialty sausage and suds purveyor Wurstküche have a tendency to form lines down the sidewalk at the Downtown location, so it’s hardly a surprise that the same thing happens at its sister spot worlds away in Venice. And much like at the original, patrons at this “sausage kitchen” feed on everything from traditional ... more
Party Earth Review Formerly the back room of famed restaurant Musso & Frank, where early-century scribes like Hemingway and Fitzgerald sipped swill and poured literary gold into their suds-stained notebooks, The Writer’s Room may be that one Hollywood speakeasy with legit ties to the era it claims to represent. Sherlockian scenesters know ... read full review of The Writer's Room
Party Earth Review A favorite with frat boys and tourists, Saddle Ranch transplants the rock-western chop house from the heart of Texas to the world-famous Sunset Strip. As patrons mosey in, they’ll most likely come upon a wild scene where LA cowgirls, lured by cash prizes, down drinks and mount the mechanical bull to the drunken cheers of ... more
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 An ultra-exclusive, celeb-packed club that’s gone purposefully insane, Beacher’s Madhouse is a vaudeville-inspired performance space where beautiful women don little more than tassels, exotic animals traipse across the stage, and a little person or two flies through the air. Located in the basement of nightlife mecca The ... 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.