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 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
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 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
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
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 Justina S.
"If you’ve ever wanted to experience summer camp without the bugs, allergy-inducing foliage and long hikes, Messhall is your place. Located on Los Feli ..." more
4500 Los Feliz Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Party Earth Review Hidden from the street down a dim alleyway, Seventy7 exudes a speakeasy vibe from the minute patrons step through the inconspicuous door until the last drop from the absinthe fountain has trickled down their throats. Part of the ongoing expansion of Culver City’s nightlife, the upscale lounge caters to a refined mix of ... more
3843 Main Street
Culver City, CA 90232
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.