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
Dive Bar / Tavern
Reviewed by Garret H.
"This place has been around for years and I'm not sure I can say anything new but this place is definitely worth talking about. Located 50 yards from t ..." more
116 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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
Reviewed by Matt T.
"Footsies is the type of place you go to get away from the 21 year old douche bags in hollywood. It's in a bad neighborhood, yet it's surprisingly nice ..." more
2640 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065
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 / 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 / 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 Daniel B.
"The HMS Bounty is a huge nautical-themed dive bar in K-Town. Older Korean regulars smile at just about everyone walking in, though this could be more ..." more
3357 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010
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
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?