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 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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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.