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 Known for its edgy, unpretentious vibe and stellar variety of DJ-spun music, The Short Stop draws an eclectic mix of hipsters, USC coeds, and biker types all with the common goal of partying hard. A former LA cop hangout, the bar has more of a rock and roll vibe these days, although the display of police badges still ... more
1455 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Dive Bar / Pub
Party Earth Review A hassle-free, down-and-dirty pub that wears its dinginess with pride, St. Nick’s is the quintessential neighborhood dive where loyal regulars go for cheap booze and a rowdy time. A dim and cavernous space, the venue sports a typical pub décor of stained-glass lamps, dark wood walls, and the usual collection of beer signs ... more
8450 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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
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 / Gay Bar
Party Earth Review The only gay bar on the Westside – and the only venue on Abbot Kinney Boulevard open for daytime drinking – Roosterfish is a beachside dive with a stellar upbeat attitude. A rustic wood and brick décor punctuated by beer signs, cowboy paintings, and rotating exhibits of homoerotic art creates an atmosphere that’s welcoming ... more
1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291
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
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
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?