Reviewed by Sarah H.
"The Frolic Room may in fact be the diviest of dive bars left in Los Angeles. It’s a small, hole-in-the-wall bar next to the Pantages Theater on Hollyw ..." more
6245 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Reviewed by Laramie M.
" Most people will say, "You don't dance at a dive". This place is the exception. Unlike other bars that try to cater to all audiences and end up feeli ..." more
107 West 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Wine Bar / Dive Bar
Reviewed by Brett C.
"My Take: I stumbled upon Ham & Eggs Tavern leaving The Golden Gopher on Friday, and, as the sounds of a Led Zeppelin cover poured out of the unmarked ..." more
433 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Reviewed by Yvonne B.
"I came here once to see Virginia Reed (http://msvirginiareed.bandcamp.com) and I thought it was an awesome dive. It's pretty effing huge, which is awe ..." more
501 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Party Earth Review Located in the heart of the edgy Melrose District, Snake Pit Ale House boasts a gritty biker atmosphere and a friendly yet rebellious crowd that does its best to live up to the bar’s name. Comfortably dingy and sporting the requisite cracked brick walls, peeling paint, and low-hanging ceiling fans, the bar ... more
7529 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dive Bar / Whiskey Bar
Party Earth Review With a whiskey list running more than five hundred options deep, a daily rotation of craft beers, and more barroom games than a traveling carnival, The Daily Pint attracts fun lovers of every stripe in the mood for serious drinking and laid-back fun. Chilled-out West Siders, college students, and thirty-something whiskey ... more
2310 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Dive Bar / Tiki Bar
Party Earth Review Boasting more than ninety tropical drinks and lots of positive energy, Tiki-Ti is a Hawaiian-themed hole in the wall catering to a motley mix of grizzled regulars, LA Dodgers fans, and hipsters. Patrons stepping into this shoe box of a dive will find only a couple of small tables and barely a dozen stools on which to perch ... more
4427 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Reviewed by Steve S.
"If someone were to ask my which bar in all of Los Angeles were my favorite, I can assure you that The Gold Room would be very far from my lips. Howeve ..." more
1558 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Party Earth Review Nothing says dive quite like free cheese puffs and a location on the first floor of a Super 8 Motel, and White Horse Inn Cocktail Lounge embraces its status wholeheartedly. Looking like a 1970s party den, the space features red lighting, photos – elegantly stapled to the wall of course – of wasted hipster patrons, a jukebox ... more
1532 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The city may be known best for celebrity glitz and glamour, but that shouldn’t imply there is any shortage of Los Angeles dive bars. In fact, this expansive city is quite literally covered in them. Okay, maybe not LITERALLY (that would be really weird) but holy-stinky-watering-hole-Batman there are a lot of LA dive bars to choose from.
On one end of the city, Tiki-Ti is a Los Feliz institution that serves up more than ninety tropical drinks in a space the size of a shoebox, while way over by the beach in Venice, Roosterfish is the only gay bar on the Westside and the only venue on Abbot Kinney Boulevard open for daytime drinking.
In-between, practically every neighborhood has a great LA dive bar worth checking out. From kitschy Cha Cha Lounge and the karaoke pit Smog Cutter in Silver Lake to The Roost over in Atwater Village and Echo Park’s edgy The Short Stop, dive bars in LA are as friendly to the wallet as they are occasionally downright unfriendly.
But hey, you go to a dive for character and zero pretension, right? And nothing says dive quite like free cheese puffs and a location on the first floor of a Super 8 Motel, both of which you can find at White Horse Inn Cocktail Lounge.
Need a sports-focused dive bar in LA? St. Nick's Pub in Beverly Grove is here for you. Want to double-fist Tecates on an open patio? Look no further than The Darkroom on Melrose. These are just a few of the great Los Angeles dive bars out there. Won’t it be fun to explore them all?