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 ... read full review of St. Felix (Hollywood)
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 Of all the good things to come out of two letters – TV, E.T., R&B –there’s one more to add to the list: AV, an ultra-swanky Hollywood nightclub that began life as a Monday-only hotspot but has since opened for dolled-up weekend warriors as well. Potential guests need only follow the valet line trekking down Selma to discover ... 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
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 Patrons in search of an island vacation without the jet lag should make their way to Duke’s Malibu, where an amazing ocean view, exotic cocktails, and a laid-back atmosphere make for a relaxing getaway. Named for Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian father of international surfing, this bamboo beach venue with its sand-and-surfboard ... 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 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
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.