Party Earth Review Drag queens and drums are what patrons can expect at Silverlake Lounge, though not necessarily on the same day. A longtime partnership with LA promotion company The Fold helped bring quite a few notable indie bands to the Lounge’s stage in years past – including Cold War Kids, The Head and The Heart, and local heroes Silversun ... read full review of Silverlake Lounge
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
Party Earth Review A prime watering hole for hotties and ex-frat boys, Circle Bar kicks into high gear after 10pm, when the alcohol flows freely and the dance floor fills up with rowdy young partiers. Although weekends draw a big enough crowd to warrant a bit of a wait outside, everyone eventually gets in to the packed space, where casually ... more
Party Earth Review Nothing says dive quite like free cheese puffs and a location on the first floor of a Super 8 Motel, and White Horse Inn Cocktail Lounge embraces its status wholeheartedly. Looking like a 1970s party den, the space features red lighting, photos – elegantly stapled to the wall of course – of wasted hipster patrons, a jukebox ... more
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 ... read full review of The Bigfoot Lodge
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 ... more
Party Earth Review An ultra-exclusive, celeb-packed club that’s gone purposefully insane, Beacher’s Madhouse is a vaudeville-inspired performance space where beautiful women don little more than tassels, exotic animals traipse across the stage, and a little person or two flies through the air. Located in the basement of nightlife mecca The ... more
Party Earth Review An elegantly rustic bistro in LA’s Fashion District, Pattern Bar is a popular go-to for tapas during the week, creative cocktails at night, and a chic little party scene come Fridays. By day, the venue attracts lots of stylish folks from the area’s surrounding boutiques and garment shops. Cozy group 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.