Party Earth Review Located in the basement of the Higgins Building – LA’s first private power plant – The Edison is a massive nightclub that combines 1920s luxury with a bit of history and industrialism to create a truly unique club experience. A hostess in a flapper dress leads well-dressed and cultured patrons down a grand staircase with ... read full review of The Edison
Party Earth Review Despite its location in the sparsely populated Industrial District by the LA River, the unique Villains Tavern manages to pull in a steady and diverse crowd from all over the city. An ornamental spear-topped fence and glass wall fashioned of colorful apothecary bottles welcome patrons to the bi-level lair, where fun-loving ... more
Party Earth Review Home base since 1947 for some of the best college memories no one ever remembers, 901 Bar & Grill is a mecca for USC Trojan fans and anybody reveling in the madness of nearby Greek Row. With its bare concrete floors and walls adorned with local sports jerseys, USC banners, and long rows of flat-screens, the “9-0” offers ... 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 Despite its out-of-the-way location in the downtown Arts District, Wurstküche (“sausage kitchen”) draws a loyal crowd of folksy eastsiders, after-work professionals, and couples on dates who flock in to sample the venue’s legendary sausages, fries, and beer, and to make a few new friends in a communal atmosphere buzzing ... read full review of Wurstküche (Downtown)
Party Earth Review Possibly the wildest karaoke bar in LA, Caffé Brass Monkey is a magnet for rambunctious spotlight hoggers who love to get wasted and belt out 80s power ballads. Packed with scruffy artsy types and yuppies, this dimly-lit den with its low slanted ceiling, which evokes a cozy ski lodge atmosphere, features a layout that ensures ... more
Party Earth Review Tucked away on a quiet shopping section of Fairfax Boulevard, The Dime is a refreshing, hassle-free alternative to Hollywood’s velvet rope scene that continues to attract a loyal clientele year after year. With movie-producer/actor owners, it’s no wonder this venue started out as a celebrity hangout – bartender Stacie even ... more
Party Earth Review If Rosie the Riveter bought a western saloon, decorated it like a mineshaft, hired a devout mixologist to plan the menu, and convinced her sexy friends to dance above the bar – it would look a lot like Harvard & Stone. A steel door out front is the first indication of the venue’s industrial aesthetic, which continues throughout ... 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.