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)
Party Earth Review Bright neon signage from an old psychic parlor is the only thing that marks the entrance to The Roger Room, an intimate modern speakeasy where a cool and artsy clientele gathers for delicious artisanal cocktails. Just beyond the dark curtains, patrons will find a dim one-room bar with a turn-of-the-century dé ... more
370 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Party Earth Review Buried beneath the beautiful mansion/event space The Victorian, Basement Tavern is a casual speakeasy, so hidden that visitors would have to be profoundly lost to stumble upon it. In-the-know patrons proceed around back, through a wooden doorway, past an open kitchen, and finally down two flights of stairs before ... more
2640 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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
107 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Reviewed by Dylan R.
"I first visited Sassafras soon after moving to Hollywood several months ago and was quite taken from the get go. The decor was warm and inviting, whi ..." more
1233 North Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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 A favorite haunt for local hipsters and Silver Lake denizens, Thirsty Crow is a homey neighborhood bar whose saloon atmosphere and excellent whiskey drinks have made it a destination for bourbon lovers from all over the city. Just past the velvet curtain and the display of antique whiskey bottles lies a large wooden horseshoe ... more
2939 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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
Party Earth Review Marked only by a small drawing of a cocktail, the discreet entrance to The Varnish at the back of Cole’s restaurant lends an air of secrecy and forbidden frolicking to this updated speakeasy in downtown LA. A tiny one-room haven catering to a clientele of cool east-siders, after-work types, and loyal regulars, the venue ... more
118 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Reviewed by Katherine L.
"I came here with my friends one night and for a chill environment we had so much fun! The bartenders were super friendly and I really enjoyed the atmo ..." more
6541 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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.