Historic Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review The quintessential Hollywood roadhouse since its opening in 1920 on historic Route 66, Barney’s Beanery transformed from a place 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 ... more
8447 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Reviewed by Kristen D.
"This place has great sandwiches the only down side is the line. There is always a line here but the food is worth it. This place is historic and a LA ..." more
1001 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Reviewed by Daniel K.
"Situated on a strange corner of 8th Street and Armore Avenue in the heart of Korea Town, Taylor's Steakhouse is an old school joint that probably pre- ..." more
3361 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005
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
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.
"There are very few bars or restaurants in the Malibu/SFV area that do not seek to be widely acknowledged for their excellence. When a sexy person is h ..." more
29983 Mulholland Highway
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Reviewed by Chad F.
"My Take It's exclusive, expensive, and exciting. The Magic Castle has tricks and surprises around every corner and is a must-see for anyone visiting ..." more
7001 Franklin Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
Reviewed by Tasha G.
"I stopped by Dominick's last week to meet some friends for Happy Hour; boy am I glad I did! This cute little place has a truly unique old-school decor ..." more
8715 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90048
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.