Party Earth Review Located in the heart of the edgy Melrose District, Snake Pit Ale House boasts a gritty biker atmosphere and a friendly yet rebellious crowd that does its best to live up to the bar’s name. Comfortably dingy and sporting... ... read full review
7529 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
M–Th 4pm–2am, F 2pm–2am, Sa–Su noon–2am
Melrose, Los Angeles –
Located in the heart of the edgy Melrose District, Snake Pit Ale House boasts a gritty biker atmosphere and a friendly yet rebellious crowd that does its best to live up to the bar’s name.
Comfortably dingy and sporting the requisite cracked brick walls, peeling paint, and low-hanging ceiling fans, the bar nonetheless creates a welcoming vibe where punkish hipsters, tattooed bikers, and young professionals hang out together amid the beer signs and snake paraphernalia.
Serious drinkers settle in at the handful of tables by the front windows to pound one of the twenty beers on tap and watch the colorful human traffic on Melrose, while ultra-chill regulars pony up to the bar in back to chat with the grizzled staff and motley crew of skaters and cowboys. More tables and faux-leather benches in the bar area provide space for hunkering down with a burger and fries.
Mellow during the week when the after-work crowd dominates, the place revs up on weekends when the laid-back regulars are joined by a loud, hard-drinking bunch of alterna-girls and grungy rockers looking to make new friends and get a little sloppy.
Equally entertaining as a first stop to get the night going or a place to hang out with a boisterous crowd for an all-night rager, the Snake Pit is a tried and true dive perfect for anyone looking for a genuine and unpretentious good time.
Affable and talkative alternative types, scruffy hipsters, bikers, tattooed types, and young professionals, 20s to 40s.
Internet jukebox with access to thousands of songs. Touch-screen video game offers dozens of games including Photo Hunt and Tetris. Two TVs and one projection screen tuned to sports.
Standard bar menu includes sandwiches, burgers, spicy buffalo wings, and pizza. Happy Hour M–Th 4–7pm and F–Su noon–11pm. Street parking.
Appetizers $3–$7.75, sandwiches $8.50, entrées $7–$9. Beer $5+, wine $6.50+, mixed drinks $6.25+.
Casual: shorts, jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, sneakers.
Any night for mellow drinks, or Friday and Saturday nights for a bigger crowd and livelier atmosphere.
The Darkroom (7302 Melrose Avenue) is a slightly nicer neighborhood dive bar with cheap drinks, billiards, darts, and a jukebox.