Party Earth Review One might expect The Glendon Bar & Kitchen, given its location in the heart of UCLA’s Westwood Village, to be just another college den, but the upscale venue manages to cater to a crowd beyond – while not excluding – the university set. An ideal meeting point between Hollywood and Santa Monica, the restaurant plays host ... read full review of The Glendon Bar & Kitchen
Party Earth Review A classic LA favorite where everyone from celebrities to sunburned surfers in board shorts gathers to please their taste buds, Father’s Office is a popular gastropub offering gourmet dining in a comfy, unpretentious setting. The brainchild of dictatorial chef Sang Yoon – who allows absolutely no substitutions on his menu ... 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 Set back from the street in a 1940s house, barbrix is a chic little spot that specializes in Mediterranean-inspired small plates and a large selection of wines from around the globe. As intimate groups take cover beneath string-lit umbrellas to devour daily specials on the front patio, scruffy bohemians head inside to the ... more
Party Earth Review The only gay bar on the Westside – and the only venue on Abbot Kinney Boulevard open for daytime drinking – Roosterfish is a beachside dive with a stellar upbeat attitude. A rustic wood and brick décor punctuated by beer signs, cowboy paintings, and rotating exhibits of homoerotic art creates an atmosphere that’s welcoming ... read full review of Roosterfish
Party Earth Review Nightly lines down the sidewalk are the norm at Laugh Factory, a veritable mecca for up-and-coming funnymen and a perennial Sunset Strip favorite known for regularly hosting top comedians. Ever since Richard Pryor christened the stage at the club when it opened back in 1979, the simple orange and yellow sign stamped ... more
Party Earth Review A hole-in-the-wall joint seemingly plucked from the streets of Cairo, Ali Mama Cafe is a grungy dive where the only thing stronger than the hookah tobacco might be the pots of authentic Turkish coffee. The façade is a plain white storefront with only the dull, cramped front room visible inside, but once patrons sidestep ... more
Party Earth Review An oasis of fun, food, and surf surrounded by green mountains and blue waters, Paradise Cove offers a taste of the Malibu lifestyle and a mellow vibe that attract suntanned locals, young surfers in off the beach, and tourists alike. A steady stream of sandy beachgoers and day drinkers in shorts and flip-flops wanders in ... 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.