Live Music Venue / Piano Bar
Party Earth Review An incongruous gem tucked away on a quiet block in the heart of Hollywood, Piano Bar presents an ever-changing roster of live music and resident artists that bring a welcome and high-energy touch of New Orleans to LA. Spirited groups of hipsters, young professionals, and scruffy rockers make their way across the railed ... read full review of Piano Bar
Party Earth Review Located in the historic Sunset Tower Hotel – a one-time apartment building to major stars from Clark Gable and John Wayne to Marilyn Monroe and Michael Caine – The Tower Bar brings old school Hollywood glamour to the modern day Sunset Strip. The discreet location is still favored by many of Tinseltown’s power players ... 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 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 ... more
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 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 Patrons looking to escape the glitzy Sunset Strip crowd can always duck into The Den of Hollywood, a welcome retreat from the area’s prevalent velvet rope and bottle service scene. Although the venue still attracts plenty of celebrities, its daily Happy Hour specials and menu of bar food that actually looks like real food ... 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
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.