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 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
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Party Earth Review A communist era-inspired lounge, Bar Lubitsch fills up on the weekends when fun-loving, twenty-something professionals turn up to let their hair down on the dance floor. Kitschy yet classy, the space consists of three distinct areas, including an ivied patio where smokers gather to mingle and a front room whose red ... more
7702 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
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 For an upbeat vibe no doubt helped along by one of the best selections of tequila in LA, patrons will want to head to the kitschy El Carmen, a bustling cantina popular with a laid-back clientele of young professionals, artsy types, and neighborhood regulars. The small one-room space is packed to the gills with campy ... more
8138 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Reviewed by Lia-Michelle K.
"Silo Vodka Bar first appeared on my radar in 2012 when I went out to celebrate the birthday of one of my friends. Even on a weekday evening, the place ..." more
221 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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 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 Gerard Nash G.
"Everything about this place was beyond my expectations. The food, the music, and the overall vibe of the restaurant was beyond extraordinary. I loved ..." more
616 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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
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.