Party Earth Review A quintessential Venice bar, The Brig has been a cornerstone of the hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard for over sixty years. A dive bar for its first five decades, the venue underwent a swanky makeover in the late 90s, garnering several architecture and design awards in the process. The result is a peculiar mix of retro and futuristic ... read full review of The Brig
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 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
Party Earth Review Set back from the street in a 1940s house, barbrix is a chic little spot that specializes in Mediterranean-inspired small plates and a large selection of wines from around the globe. As intimate groups take cover beneath string-lit umbrellas to devour daily specials on the front patio, scruffy bohemians head inside to the ... more
Party Earth Review The sixth installment of a franchise that originated in Amsterdam, the Hollywood version of supperclub has found a fitting home in the historic Vogue Theater, former purveyor of X-rated movies and risqué adult revues. After an extravagant makeover, the immense space now draws a dapper dinner and club crowd that flocks in ... read full review of Supperclub
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 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 ... more
Party Earth Review Nightly lines down the sidewalk are the norm at Laugh Factory, a veritable mecca for up-and-coming funnymen and a perennial Sunset Strip favorite known for regularly hosting top comedians. Ever since Richard Pryor christened the stage at the club when it opened back in 1979, the simple orange and yellow sign stamped ... 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.