Party Earth Review With a motto like “In wine we trust,” it’s hardly a coincidence that patrons stepping off busy Sunset and into Vintage Enoteca can find a cool escape from the Hollywood scenester scene: The bottles are the stars at this bar. The venue’s booze selection centers on boutique producers, and though most folks wouldn’t call ... read full review of Vintage Enoteca
Party Earth Review A favorite haunt for local hipsters and Silver Lake denizens, Thirsty Crow is a homey neighborhood bar whose saloon atmosphere and excellent whiskey drinks have made it a destination for bourbon lovers from all over the city. Just past the velvet curtain and the display of antique whiskey bottles lies a large wooden horseshoe ... more
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 Patrons looking to escape the glitzy Sunset Strip crowd can always duck into The Den of Hollywood, a welcome retreat from the area’s prevalent velvet rope and bottle service scene. Although the venue still attracts plenty of celebrities, its daily Happy Hour specials and menu of bar food that actually looks like real food ... 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 ... read full review of 901 Bar & Grill
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
Party Earth Review Once owned by Johnny Depp and site of everything from the overdose of River Phoenix to performances by musicians like Iggy Pop, Courtney Love, and The Strokes, The Viper Room is a treasured live music landmark in the seedy rock-and-roll history of the Sunset Strip. Raucous gangs of rockers from well-dressed indie kids to ... 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
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.