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Five L.A. Bars You Need to be at Right Now

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	The Bungalow at the Fairmont Hotel

The Bungalow at the Fairmont Hotel

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Mar 21, 2013 —  Drop everything you’re doing. Seriously, the report for your boss isn’t that important in the grand scheme of things. There’s a thing that the kids are using these days called DVRs, so don’t try the “My favorite show is on” excuse. The gym can wait. But the line at some of these Los Angeles hotspots will get infinitely longer if you don’t head there right now! What are you waiting for?

Laurel Hardware

Trade in loud music that forces you to lip-read your way through conversations for ambient music and an audible tête-à-tête at Laurel Hardware. Filled with couples on dates, film and TV industry types, and gay and straight West Hollywood denizens, Laurel Hardware boasts refreshing craft cocktails and a scenic patio complete with leafy olive trees.

Perch

The Perch offers an unparalleled and clear view of LA’s resurgent Downtown and is a viable alternative to the often rowdy The Rooftop Bar at The Standard. The clientele ranges from dapper, George Clooney-ish middle-aged businessmen to stylishly dressed USC students looking for a classier time than the 901 Bar & Grill.

The Bungalow at the Fairmont Hotel

The reason you need to get to The Bungalow at the Fairmont Hotel before 9pm on weekends is because it’s no longer a secret Santa Monica gem. Well-to-do 20-somethings mingle with more established professionals in their 30s, with celebrities like Owen Wilson popping their heads in at times. The Bungalow’s extensive cocktail list ensures there’s something to quench the thirst of any refined drinker. 

Sassafras

You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back to 1920s New Orleans with the dually vintage and elegant decor at Sassafras. It might look like a dive bar from the outside, but Sassafras gets as animated as The Big Easy when live bands take the stage above the bar and get the crowd at this whiskey-lover’s paradise up and dancing.

The Blind Barber

After walking through a functional, 1950s looking barbershop, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the incredibly trendy back bar area of The Blind Barber. As you sip on an affordable signature cocktail like the gin-drowned Batman, the dim, yet romantic strung-up lights and affable mid-20s crowd might make you feel like you’re in one of The Lumineers’ music videos.

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