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
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
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
Reviewed by catherine c.
"I came here with my sisters and brothers for a random night out. I was impressed with their selection of cocktails, which can be spicy. Since tequila ..." more
515 West 7th 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
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 Sharareh D.
"Red O is a Rick Bayless creation. For foodies, you know you're going to experience Mexican classics with some flair. For newbies, if you're looking fo ..." more
8155 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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 Patrons looking for a ticket to another reality should head straight to the Cuban rum and cigar bar La Descarga, a Latin-flavored Narnia for sophisticated adults who haven’t lost their imaginations. On most nights, the well-dressed crowd of international sophisticates, hipsters, and professionals waits with ... more
1159 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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 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.