Party Earth Review A hole-in-the-wall joint seemingly plucked from the streets of Cairo, Ali Mama Cafe is a grungy dive where the only thing stronger than the hookah tobacco might be the pots of authentic Turkish coffee. The façade is a plain white storefront with only the dull, cramped front room visible inside, but once patrons sidestep ... read full review of Ali Mama Cafe
Party Earth Review Once owned by Johnny Depp and site of everything from the overdose of River Phoenix to performances by musicians like Iggy Pop, Courtney Love, and The Strokes, The Viper Room is a treasured live music landmark in the seedy rock-and-roll history of the Sunset Strip. Raucous gangs of rockers from well-dressed indie kids to ... 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 Opened by Italian immigrants in 1915, Townhouse and its basement counterpart The Del Monte Speakeasy have withstood the test of time, and together remain a lively and whiskey-charged Venice destination. During prohibition, the staff at Townhouse smuggled alcohol into the downstairs through underground caves. The secret ... more
Party Earth Review Located at the epicenter of West Hollywood’s gay scene, The Abbey is a high-energy hangout that attracts fun-loving patrons whether they be gay, straight, male, female, young, or old. An expansive church-themed Spanish villa, the venue consists of three indoor areas, four bars, and a spacious patio where stylish partygoers ... read full review of The Abbey Food & 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 With a whiskey list running more than five hundred options deep, a daily rotation of craft beers, and more barroom games than a traveling carnival, The Daily Pint attracts fun lovers of every stripe in the mood for serious drinking and laid-back fun. Chilled-out West Siders, college students, and thirty-something whiskey ... more
Party Earth Review A stylish restaurant without sky-high prices, AREAL attracts a diverse clientele with its sustainable plates, crafted cocktails, and a Happy Hour that promises a lively scene to kick off the night. The venue’s proximity to the beach is evident in the casual daytime vibe, when trendy bohos and their dogs settle in at the ... 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.