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 ... read full review of Hyde Lounge at Staples Center
Party Earth Review An oasis of fun, food, and surf surrounded by green mountains and blue waters, Paradise Cove offers a taste of the Malibu lifestyle and a mellow vibe that attract suntanned locals, young surfers in off the beach, and tourists alike. A steady stream of sandy beachgoers and day drinkers in shorts and flip-flops wanders in ... more
Party Earth Review Just off the bustling star walk of Hollywood Boulevard lies Hemingway’s, an exclusive lounge that’s lovingly dedicated to Papa. Once past the infamously difficult doormen, in-the-know industry folks and hip scenesters step through the restored historic storefront and into a breezy indoor/outdoor foyer decked out in vintage ... more
Party Earth Review Tucked away in an inauspicious strip mall, The Woods is a cozy, unpretentious lounge with a retro forest theme that attracts everyone from average Joes to grungy wannabe actors. A simple space with a quaint and playful décor, the bar features a dimly-lit main room decorated with nature-motif wallpaper, hand-cut cedar block ... more
Party Earth Review Quite possibly Hollywood’s most energetic and unapologetic meat market, The Happy Ending caters to a rowdy crowd of jocks and sorority types in tight t-shirts and baseball caps. The vibe at this free-for-all drinking den can be summed up by its four main attractions: the giant wheel on the wall that’s spun hourly to determine ... read full review of The Happy Ending
Party Earth Review Opened in 1957, the historic Troubadour, which helped launch the careers of legends like Neil Diamond, Elton John, The Eagles, and Guns N’ Roses, is an important mainstay on LA’s live music scene. Not content to rest on its laurels, the venue is still the best spot in town for music aficionados to catch cutting-edge acts ... more
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 ... more
Party Earth Review Boasting more than ninety tropical drinks and lots of positive energy, Tiki-Ti is a Hawaiian-themed hole in the wall catering to a motley mix of grizzled regulars, LA Dodgers fans, and hipsters. Patrons stepping into this shoe box of a dive will find only a couple of small tables and barely a dozen stools on which to perch ... 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.