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
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
Asian Restaurant / Bar
Reviewed by Hannah A.
"Formosa Cafe was one of the first places I ventured to in West Hollywood when I moved here less than a year ago. As an outsider, I hardly knew what th ..." more
7156 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
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
Historic Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Though its authentic rocker edge may have faded a bit since its heyday, Rainbow Bar & Grill is still an ideal spot to soak in some rowdy Sunset Strip history…and probably spot a soaked-up celebrity too. Opened in 1972, the venue’s early days saw regulars from Neil Diamond to the members of Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses ... more
9015 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Historic Bar / Hotel Bar
Party Earth Review Perched on the Sunset Strip hillside and modeled after a French villa, Chateau Marmont is perhaps Hollywood’s most historic celebrity hideaway, most likely thanks to a staff known to turn a blind eye to outrageous behavior – after all, this is the place where John Belushi overdosed, Jim Morrison fell off the roof, and members ... more
8221 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
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
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
Reviewed by Zach H.
"The only drink capable of going toe to toe with a Musso and Frank prime rib or porterhouse is their estimable vodka martini. To call it a drink is a d ..." more
6667 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
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.