Party Earth Review The only gay bar on the Westside – and the only venue on Abbot Kinney Boulevard open for daytime drinking – Roosterfish is a beachside dive with a stellar upbeat attitude. A rustic wood and brick décor punctuated by beer signs, cowboy paintings, and rotating exhibits of homoerotic art creates an atmosphere that’s welcoming ... read full review of Roosterfish
Party Earth Review Since first opening in 1974, Baja Cantina has been dishing out Mexican food and margaritas to surf bums, tourists, and rowdy sports fans from the minute doors open till the last free bowl of chips and salsa spills on the floor. Considered a local landmark by many liquored-up locals, “The Baja” oozes history – from the ... more
Party Earth Review More sophisticated than the average sports bar, Goal attracts an upscale clientele that gets just as rowdy on game days as any self-respecting crowd of sports fans should. Tucked away on a stretch of road known primarily for its chic cafés and boutiques, the bar is an intimate space outfitted in elegant dark wood furnishings ... more
Party Earth Review A magnet for Silver Lake denizens, Cha Cha Lounge is a kitschy party bar where cheap drinks and a wacky décor keep the crowds of alternative types and young professionals coming. Scruffy patrons stepping into the one-room bar will find themselves bathed in the red glow of Christmas lights and confronted with the giant mural ... more
Party Earth Review Hidden from the street down a dim alleyway, Seventy7 exudes a speakeasy vibe from the minute patrons step through the inconspicuous door until the last drop from the absinthe fountain has trickled down their throats. Part of the ongoing expansion of Culver City’s nightlife, the upscale lounge caters to a refined mix of ... read full review of Seventy7
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 ... more
Party Earth Review A small bar specializing in the agave-powered greatness of mezcal, Las Perlas features a menu centered on this Oaxacan favorite, from rare “mezcaleros” meant to be sipped slowly, to intricate fruity cocktails meant to be guzzled by the gallon as well as a long list of tequila, which is actually a form of mezcal. A hybrid ... more
Party Earth Review The quintessential Hollywood roadhouse since its opening in 1920 on historic Route 66, Barney’s Beanery transformed from a place where travelers could trade in their license plates for a free beer, to a gathering spot for Tinsel Town icons like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn, to a rowdy hangout for rockers like Hendrix, Joplin ... 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.