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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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 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
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.