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
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
Club / Historic Bar
Reviewed by Efterpi Z.
"I was there for the monthly 'A club called Rhonda' night and the DJ's were amazing. If you like deep house and electro and heavy beats, this is the pl ..." more
3040 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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
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
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 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 Yvonne B.
"Originally I was suppose to be meeting a group of friends at The Down and Out, but when we got there, the line was around the corner, we assumed there ..." more
118 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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
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.