Party Earth Review Guests heading to La Poubelle (“trash can”) might think the name refers to a down and dirty dive bar, but the quaint French bistro with great food and a bustling bar scene is actually a hot date spot where Francophiles show up to drink wine and mingle with creative types and the occasional celeb. A red-canopied patio provides ... read full review of La Poubelle
Party Earth Review Since first opening in 1974, Baja Cantina has been dishing out Mexican food and margaritas to surf bums, tourists, and rowdy sports fans from the minute doors open till the last free bowl of chips and salsa spills on the floor. Considered a local landmark by many liquored-up locals, “The Baja” oozes history – from the ... more
Party Earth Review Hidden from the street down a dim alleyway, Seventy7 exudes a speakeasy vibe from the minute patrons step through the inconspicuous door until the last drop from the absinthe fountain has trickled down their throats. Part of the ongoing expansion of Culver City’s nightlife, the upscale lounge caters to a refined mix of ... 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 Booked nightly with an eclectic mix of music, comedy, and various theme parties, Akbar puts an alternative twist on the traditional gay dive bar. Accents like marble columns, pointed archways, and sultry glowing pendant lamps give a nod to the bar’s regal Indian namesake, though the creative types and music industry folks ... read full review of Akbar
Party Earth Review Beer lovers and laid-back partiers alike will love The Surly Goat, a mellow modern interpretation of the average beer bar. Preppy locals and young professionals belly up to the curved bar to ask the friendly staff about the extensive menus scrawled on the chalkboards or to savor their hard-to-find draught beer selections ... more
Party Earth Review Perched high above the west end of the Sunset Strip, the 20,000-square-foot Soho House is a private members-only social club whose elite atmosphere has made it a preferred hangout for celebrities. A stylish clientele from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, and finance step off the private elevator into an elegant reception ... more
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
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.