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
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 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 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
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 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 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 Argine O.
"Two words-bottomless mimosas. The Warehouse is a great place to take care of the post Saturday night blues and welcome a sunny Sunday morning. Every S ..." more
4499 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
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.