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
Reviewed by Jay F.
"There are a lot of places around Los Angeles claiming to be dives, but The Cinema Bar is a true dive. The beer is decently priced even after happy ho ..." more
3967 Sepulveda Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90230
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 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
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
Reviewed by Ellie D.
"My Take: If you’re looking for a true punk rock dive bar experience (think CBGB-esque), then Burgundy Room is for you. Located on Cahuenga, between H ..." more
1621 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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
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
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
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?