Party Earth Review An escape from the velvet-roped Hollywood scene, St. Felix is a classy lounge where the food and drinks are refined but the Happy Hour is generous and the vibe is wholly unpretentious. Exposed ductwork lends an industrial air to the loft-like space, while ornate chandeliers and gothic couches add a distinctly Victorian ... read full review of St. Felix (Hollywood)
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 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 Although the Staples Center is best known for hosting mega concerts and Lakers basketball games, hidden away inside this multi-purpose arena is an exclusive hotspot called Hyde Lounge. Scenesters, celebrities, and industry bigwigs head up via a special elevator, eventually entering a room that looks more like a ritzy nightclub ... more
Party Earth Review Often called the Cheers of Santa Monica for its friendly vibe – and the Bronx by the beach for all the Yankees paraphernalia – Rick’s Tavern on Main is an always casual drinking den and part-time rowdy sports hub in the heart of trendyville. Underneath the dark green awning, a tiny porch offers laid-back revelers the chance ... read full review of Rick's Tavern on Main
Party Earth Review Walking the geographic tightrope between skid row and gallery row, Pete’s Cafe & Bar is a large restaurant in LA’s historic Bank District that caters to trendy shoppers, businessmen, and diverse pre-gamers looking to nosh on upscale twists of American classics. Guests nestle in among perfectly groomed shrubs on the heated ... more
Party Earth Review Self-described as “the perfect escape from the Hollywood bar scene,” the scholastically-themed Library Bar is both a sophisticated drinking spot and after-work social scene that caters to downtown residents, business professionals, and local USC students. The neon blue sign outside belies the venue’s chic décor and upscale ... more
Party Earth Review A Venice institution, James’ Beach is where sandal-footed TV producers grab a beer, Porsche-driving surfers snack on seafood, and wealthy beach bums throw back mojitos with pretty ladies and their prettier moms. Board shorts hanging from the large tented patio speak to the joint’s beach vibe, while white-clothed tables ... 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.