Reviewed by Julio D.
"El Cholo has to be one of my favorite Mexican Restaurants around the LA area. Authentic food and drinks and the ambiance is fantastic all around. Tota ..." more
1121 South Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Reviewed by Mariana A.
"If you're from either from the Silver Lake or Echo Park area you’ve probably heard of Tommy’s, and if you haven’t yet visited the establishment make s ..." more
2575 West Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Reviewed by Rachel E.
"My Take: At first glance, The Original Pantry Cafe doesn’t make much of an impression. Located a couple blocks away from the glamour of L. A. Live an ..." more
877 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Reviewed by Lauren A.
"My Take: One of the many advantages to living in SoCal, (not to mention the weather, the attractive people, and the beaches) is the Mexican food. If y ..." more
21743 Devonshire Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Reviewed by Billy K.
"My Take: Finally, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House did not have a line that stretched back far enough north to reach Santa Monica. I was thrilled to get to ..." more
1305 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Historic Bar / Jazz Club
Reviewed by Danny M.
"I love Harvelle’s in Santa Monica. I love that they have live music that you can really dance to almost every night of the week. And I’m talking R&B, ..." more
1432 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Party Earth Review Visitors to El Cid may feel like they’ve time-traveled into a 16th-century Spanish tavern, but this multilevel club actually offers a very modern spot to drink and dance. Built in 1900 by pioneering American film director D.W. Griffith, the space now invites partygoers three flights of stairs below ground level ... more
4212 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Historic Bar / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review Opened by Italian immigrants in 1915, Townhouse and its basement counterpart The Del Monte Speakeasy have withstood the test of time, and together remain a lively and whiskey-charged Venice destination. During prohibition, the staff at Townhouse smuggled alcohol into the downstairs through underground caves. The secret ... more
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Reviewed by Lauren A.
"My take: Down a windy, dirt road in Malibu, you’ll find yourself at the grand entrance of the famous Calamigos Ranch. Tucked quietly behind a tea-lit ..." more
327 Latigo Canyon Road
Malibu, CA 90265
Sometimes there’s really nothing better than curling up and throwing back a few drinks in a place that has been around forever, and that’s where Los Angeles historic bars come into play. Sure, you could probably get a cheaper drink at that mass-market chain bar down the street, but how cool is it to sit in a tired old booth and think, “Cary Grant may have sat here,” or “John Belushi may have snorted a line off this table,” or “Lindsay Lohan….ah, who cares.”
There are several cool LA historic bars worth dropping in on, and they range from chic to incredibly budget friendly, so chances are good there’s one out there to suit everyone’s tastes. Over by the lovely Pacific Ocean, Townhouse and its basement counterpart The Del Monte Speakeasy have withstood the test of time, and together remain a lively and whiskey-charged Venice destination that’s been doling out fine spirits since 1915.
Then over in Hollywood, Barney’s Beanery transformed from its 20s-era roadhouse beginnings (where travelers could trade in their license plates for a free beer), to a gathering spot for Tinsel Town icons like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn, to a rowdy hangout for rockers like Hendrix, Joplin, and Morrison.
And, of course, who could forget the famed Chateau Marmont hotel, a French villa icon where John Belushi overdosed, Jim Morrison fell off the roof, and members of Led Zeppelin rode their motorcycles through the lobby?
The oldest bars in LA are spread across this fine city, and unlike so many made-up celebrities, they only get better with age.