Dive Bar / Whiskey Bar
Party Earth Review With a whiskey list running more than five hundred options deep, a daily rotation of craft beers, and more barroom games than a traveling carnival, The Daily Pint attracts fun lovers of every stripe in the mood for serious drinking and laid-back fun. Chilled-out West Siders, college students, and thirty-something whiskey ... more
2310 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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
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 / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Tucked away in a drab strip mall in the hipster haven of Los Feliz, Ye Rustic Inn is an otherwise average neighborhood bar catering to a loyal crowd of hip and blue-collar regulars. A true dive, the windowless bar features a typical 80s basement décor of wood-paneled walls covered in beer ads and mirrors, as well as a classic ... more
1831 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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
Cocktail Bar / Dive Bar
Reviewed by Alexandre P.
"I've heard rumor that the previous owners of the building that now houses Little Joy on Sunset Boulevard were shut down for dealing meth out of the ba ..." more
1477 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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 / Gastropub
Reviewed by Gor G.
"I was initially a little taken aback by the mini-mall location and the darkened windows - would I find a girlie bar, a real dive, or wall-to-wall bike ..." more
4321 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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?