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
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
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
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
Dive Bar / Karaoke Bar
Reviewed by Amanda M.
"The standout memory of my last visit to Prince O’ Whales includes a cringe-worthy karaoke rendition of TLC’s “Creep”. And that perfectly begins to set ..." more
335 Culver Boulevard
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Reviewed by America d.
"Like getting a drink any given day of the week? Well Footsies is the bar to be at! Every time I come into this bar, I find my self in great company. ..." more
2640 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Dive Bar / Gastropub
Reviewed by Brett C.
"My Take: I went to Jay’s Bar last Saturday night while bar-hopping in Los Feliz and Silver Lake and was pleasantly surprised by the area’s newest gast ..." more
4321 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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
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
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 first dibs on ... 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?