Cocktail Bar / Dive Bar
Reviewed by Alexandre P.
"I've heard rumor that the previous owners of the building that now houses Little Joy on Sunset Boulevard were shut down for dealing meth out of the ba ..." more
1477 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Reviewed by Christie M.
"If you're anything like me you hate the overcrowded, overpriced, pretentious nature of most clubs in LA. That being said you can only go to the great ..." more
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
465 South La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Cocktail Bar / Lounge
Reviewed by Chad F.
"Liquid Kitty on Pico near Fox is an awesome dive bar. It's not just dark...it's dark-dark. Anything goes here. It's a place you go to drink when yo ..." more
11780 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Party Earth Review Dark, masculine, and sophisticated in the coolest sense of the word, Seven Grand is a whiskey-lover’s paradise that attracts an upscale clientele of both young professionals and artsy types looking to sample the almost three hundred top-shelf whiskeys on offer. Decked out like a high-end hunting lodge, the ... more
515 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Party Earth Review Situated next to the popular and über-casual Hollywood Corner restaurant, speakeasy Next Door Lounge can usually be spotted by its distinguished gentleman host, whose white-gloved hand runs down reservation lists (highly recommended), checks passwords (required), and ushers guests in through expansive double doors ... more
1154 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Party Earth Review With a drinks menu heavy on whiskey, a dozen flat-screen tuned to sports, and a prime location along the famous (infamous?) Sunset Strip, Rock & Reilly’s attracts everyone from cocktail snobs and celebrities to sports lovers. The ground floor lies somewhere between the border of cozy and downright small ... more
8911 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Reviewed by Billy K.
"WHO’S HANGING HERE: Overgrown kids in their mid-20s and young 30s who want to dress up for the night, feel like they’re at an exclusive hole-in-the-wa ..." more
10797 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
Reviewed by Brett C.
"My Take: I went to The Black Cat last week at the end of a night of bar-hopping and could not have been happier with this last stop of the night. We f ..." more
3909 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Party Earth Review Formerly the back room of famed restaurant Musso & Frank, where early-century scribes like Hemingway and Fitzgerald sipped swill and poured literary gold into their suds-stained notebooks, The Writer’s Room may be that one Hollywood speakeasy with legit ties to the era it claims to represent. Sherlockian scenesters know ... more
6685 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
(entrance around back)
Sometimes you just want a cheap beer, but other times you want a high-end artisanal drink made with exotic bitters and the souls of unicorns, and that’s where Los Angeles cocktail bars come into play.
It won’t be hard to get a stellar drink in this town, as dedicated cocktail bars in LA can be found in most neighborhoods, from hipster-heavy but still gritty Echo Park to the glitzy expanse of Beverly Hills.
Keep in mind that going to an LA cocktail bar probably means you’re going to shell out more money than you would at the average dive, but the payout can be enjoying a drink that you’d never be able to get anywhere else.
Thirsty Crow over in Silver Lake is a homey neighborhood bar whose saloon atmosphere has made it a destination for bourbon lovers from all over the city, but patrons also know to show up for the extensive selection of handcrafted cocktails. Whiskey-lover’s paradise Seven Grand in Downtown, Los Angeles attracts an upscale clientele of both young professionals and artsy types looking to sample the venue’s three-hundred top-shelf whiskeys, or challenge the knowledgeable mixologists to incorporate one (or more of) into a delectable craft cocktail.
The White Horse Inn Cocktail Lounge in Hollywood, meanwhile, is a dive in the truest sense – nothing says hole-in-the-wall quite like free cheese puffs and a location on the first floor of a Super 8 Motel – but the joint manages to dole up some surprisingly good cocktail nonetheless.
From old-school speakeasies like Oldfield’s Liquor Room in Culver City to upscale lounges like Hemingway’s in Hollywood, cocktail bars in Los Angeles keep the mixes flowing and the shakers rattling all over town.