Party Earth Review A small bar specializing in the agave-powered greatness of mezcal, Las Perlas features a menu centered on this Oaxacan favorite, from rare “mezcaleros” meant to be sipped slowly, to intricate fruity cocktails meant to be guzzled by the gallon as well as a long list of tequila, which is actually a form of mezcal. A hybrid ... read full review of Las Perlas
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 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 Located in the long-abandoned building that once housed the Fox Theatre, Playhouse Hollywood is a sprawling, 13,000-square-foot Vegas-style nightclub with a sexy circus theme. Popular with eager young club kids and college students, the impressive high-ceilinged space is dominated by a huge oval bar presided over by scantily ... more
Party Earth Review Patrons in search of an island vacation without the jet lag should make their way to Duke’s Malibu, where an amazing ocean view, exotic cocktails, and a laid-back atmosphere make for a relaxing getaway. Named for Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian father of international surfing, this bamboo beach venue with its sand-and-surfboard ... read full review of Duke's Malibu
Party Earth Review An experiential Spanish-themed nightclub, Premiere Supper Club combines atmosphere with live performances in a lavish setting inspired by surrealists like Gaudí and Dalí. A décor of archways, crimson velvet curtains, and stucco walls recalls a Spanish villa, while gothic candlesticks, heavy chains, and statues of saints ... more
Party Earth Review Home base since 1947 for some of the best college memories no one ever remembers, 901 Bar & Grill is a mecca for USC Trojan fans and anybody reveling in the madness of nearby Greek Row. With its bare concrete floors and walls adorned with local sports jerseys, USC banners, and long rows of flat-screens, the “9-0” offers ... more
Live Music Venue / Piano Bar
Party Earth Review An incongruous gem tucked away on a quiet block in the heart of Hollywood, Piano Bar presents an ever-changing roster of live music and resident artists that bring a welcome and high-energy touch of New Orleans to LA. Spirited groups of hipsters, young professionals, and scruffy rockers make their way across the railed ... 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.