Bars and Clubs in Los Angeles

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  • Historic Bar / Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Barney's Beanery - Historic Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review The quintessential Hollywood roadhouse since its opening in 1920 on historic Route 66, Barney’s Beanery transformed from a place where travelers could trade in their license plates for a free beer, to a gathering spot for Tinsel Town icons like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn, to a rowdy hangout for rockers like Hendrix, Joplin ... more

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    Bagatelle - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review The original New York Bagatelle is legendary for its champagne brunches, and similar notoriety (infamy?) has come to the LA branch of this upscale bistro, giving LA’s fashionable weekenders another excuse to call in sick on Mondays. Reservations are a must for this Sunday-only offering, when the vanilla French toast and ... more

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  • Bar / Gastropub / Lounge

    Library Bar - Bar | Gastropub | Lounge in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review Self-described as “the perfect escape from the Hollywood bar scene,” the scholastically-themed Library Bar is both a sophisticated drinking spot and after-work social scene that caters to downtown residents, business professionals, and local USC students. The neon blue sign outside belies the venue’s chic décor and upscale ... more

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    St. Felix (Hollywood) - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review An escape from the velvet-roped Hollywood scene, St. Felix is a classy lounge where the food and drinks are refined but the Happy Hour is generous and the vibe is wholly unpretentious. Exposed ductwork lends an industrial air to the loft-like space, while ornate chandeliers and gothic couches add a distinctly Victorian ... more

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  • Wine Bar

    Bodega Wine Bar - Wine Bar in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review One of the most popular wine bars in Santa Monica thanks to its unpretentious social scene, Bodega Wine Bar draws an irreverent crowd of young professionals and upscale Westside residents more interested in catching up with friends than analyzing the color density, nose, and finish of whatever’s in their wine glasses. A ... more

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  • Bar / Lounge

    The Well - Bar | Lounge in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review A friendly drinking den without the velvet ropes and long lines, The Well is a refreshingly relaxed neighborhood bar that draws a young and fun-loving crowd of after-work drinkers and singles looking to mix and mingle. Light on décor, the venue’s main attraction is the bar in the middle of the room – and its centerpiece ... more

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Browse LA Bars and Clubs by Category

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.

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  1. Lucas

    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

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  2. Adriana

    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

    Adriana Likes: Exclusive Nightclub Fashion Forward Shopping Jetsetter Lounge Hotel Bar High End / Exclusive

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  3. Jonah

    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

    Emma Likes: Happy Hour Culture Dancing Lively Budget-friendly Sightseeing Party Groups

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