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
Bar / Dive Bar
Party Earth Review A favorite with the locals, The Darkroom is a one-room dive brimming with youthful energy and a fun-loving crowd. As dark as the name suggests, the venue sports a no-frills décor featuring a statue of a smiling vagabond, which greets the chatty young professionals that set up camp at the bar, not just for ... more
7302 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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
Party Earth Review Located a few steps from both the Hollywood Bowl and the Hollywood and Highland complex, Power House is a classic dive bar that keeps the taps flowing and the rock pounding late into the night. Popular with blue-collar locals and hipsters alike, the shoe box space thrives on its authentic hard-edge vibe, helped along by ... more
1714 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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
Bar / Dive Bar
Party Earth Review A magnet for Silver Lake denizens, Cha Cha Lounge is a kitschy party bar where cheap drinks and a wacky décor keep the crowds of alternative types and young professionals coming. Scruffy patrons stepping into the one-room bar will find themselves bathed in the red glow of Christmas lights and confronted with the giant mural ... more
2375 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Dive Bar / Karaoke Bar
Reviewed by Blake F.
"So I came here to meet some friends. We were just going to have a few drinks and catch up. Ended up playing bingo all night long and catching up bette ..." more
3331 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Reviewed by Daniel K.
"There are parts of downtown LA where you simply feel like you're driving through a ghost town. Tony's Saloon in downtown LA is in one of those areas. ..." more
2017 East 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
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?