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
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 / Tiki Bar
Party Earth Review Boasting more than ninety tropical drinks and lots of positive energy, Tiki-Ti is a Hawaiian-themed hole in the wall catering to a motley mix of grizzled regulars, LA Dodgers fans, and hipsters. Patrons stepping into this shoe box of a dive will find only a couple of small tables and barely a dozen stools on which to perch ... more
4427 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?