Dive Bar / Karaoke Bar
Party Earth Review Characterized by cranky bartenders and a hipster clientele, the offbeat Smog Cutter is a potent mix of one part karaoke, two parts dive, and eight parts attitude. The place is all but dead on weeknights when just a smattering of locals shows up to watch sports, but on weekends, this one-room watering hole is a drunken singing ... more
864 North Virgil Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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
Dive Bar / Karaoke Bar
Reviewed by Blake F.
"So I came here to meet some friends. We were just going to have a few drinks and catch up. Ended up playing bingo all night long and catching up bette ..." more
3331 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005
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
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
Dive Bar / Arcade
Reviewed by Gor G.
"I like coming here for a happy hour with my close friends to unwind after work. This place is like chucky cheese for adults because they serve beer an ..." more
369 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004
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
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?