Party Earth Review Housed in a boutique clothing store that formerly fronted haute French bistro Cafe Stella, Bar Stella adds a Moroccan-styled retreat to this already popular slice of Paris, offering patrons an array of classic cocktails to wash down their moules frites. Accessed down a small hallway that used to dead-end at the Cafe’s ... read full review of Bar Stella
Party Earth Review Between the faux-log cabin walls, the mounted buck heads, and the hipsters wearing flannel, Bigfoot West seems more like an indie hunting lodge than a hip bar serving high-end specialty cocktails. But that’s just what patrons will find once they step past the smoking patio out front and belly up to the square center bar ... more
Party Earth Review Characterized by cranky bartenders and a hipster clientele, the offbeat Smog Cutter is a potent mix of one part karaoke, two parts dive, and eight parts attitude. The place is all but dead on weeknights when just a smattering of locals shows up to watch sports, but on weekends, this one-room watering hole is a drunken singing ... more
Party Earth Review A chic hotel with suave European style, Palihouse attracts a moneyed clientele of business people, fashionistas, and foodies who flock to the venue’s various lounges, bars, and brasseries to hobnob over delectable dinners and drinks. Well-dressed guests who make it past the fickle door are ushered into an elegant lounge ... more
Party Earth Review Breaking through the stereotypes of the usual dive bar, Mandrake offers a simple but oddly chic hangout for an eclectic crowd of artists, hipsters, and art lovers. A plain “Bar” sign signals what’s to come as patrons step into a shoebox space decked out in retro 70s blonde-wood paneling and containing not much more than ... read full review of Mandrake
Party Earth Review Decked out like a 1950s hunting cabin, the kitschy and welcoming Bigfoot Lodge attracts an upbeat clientele of curious locals and earthy hipsters in the mood to curl up by the fake fire with a cocktail. Log cabin walls, hunting trophies, antlers, pelts, wilderness safety signs, and a life-size forest diorama featuring Smokey ... more
Party Earth Review Boasting over three dozen carefully selected craft beers and a menu anchored by Andalusian tapas, The 3rd Stop is a cozy gastropub/sports bar hybrid popular with denizens of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, as well as a large contingent of friendly young professionals dropping by for after-work unwinding. An awning-covered ... more
Party Earth Review It’s all about whiskey, beer, and hanging out at Casey’s Irish Pub, a welcoming, subterranean, 10,000-square-foot watering hole popular with a diverse clientele of young professionals, USC students, and creative types. A roomy outdoor patio at the foot of the stairs gives way to the sprawling rustic interior, where friendly ... 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.