British Restaurant / Dive Bar
Reviewed by Lisa W.
" When my British friends come to visit, we go to Cock 'n Bull on Lincoln. The very reason that posh hipsters hate it is exactly why Brits love it. The ..." more
2947 Lincoln Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Dive Bar / Karaoke Bar
Party Earth Review Aspiring divas will want to head to Backstage Bar and Grill, a modest little dive bar that’s home to one of the best karaoke scenes in town. Located across the street from Sony Studios, the venue attracts an exuberant crowd of local regulars, studio employees, hopeful singers, and maybe even a celeb or two who all come ... more
10400 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
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
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 It may be a dive, but The Roost is a refreshing change from the Hollywood scene, thanks to cheap drinks, free popcorn, and a guaranteed place to sit and relax during the week. Weekends are a different affair altogether, however, as drunken revelers pouring in to end their night transform the bar from a laid-back locale ... more
3100 Los Feliz Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039
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 Ellie D.
"My Take: If you’re looking for a true punk rock dive bar experience (think CBGB-esque), then Burgundy Room is for you. Located on Cahuenga, between H ..." more
1621 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Dive Bar / Live Music Venue
Reviewed by Jay F.
"There are a lot of places around Los Angeles claiming to be dives, but The Cinema Bar is a true dive. The beer is decently priced even after happy ho ..." more
3967 Sepulveda Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90230
Dive Bar / Live Music Venue
Party Earth Review Drag queens and drums are what patrons can expect at Silverlake Lounge, though not necessarily on the same day. A longtime partnership with LA promotion company The Fold helped bring quite a few notable indie bands to the Lounge’s stage in years past – including Cold War Kids, The Head and The Heart, and local heroes Silversun ... more
2906 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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?