Snake Pit Ale House

Dive Bar
Snake Pit Ale House 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. Los Angeles United States 34.0836524 -118.3541574
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Snake Pit Ale House - Dive Bar in Los Angeles.
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 4pm–2am, F 2pm–2am, Sa–Su noon–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Snake Pit Ale House Review

The Scene

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.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

A kickass dive in the middle of Melrose. Grab one of the twenty drafts at the bar for as low as four bucks and get sucked into a few games of Tetris.

  • Crowd

    Affable and talkative alternative types, scruffy hipsters, bikers, tattooed types, and young professionals, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Standard bar menu includes sandwiches, burgers, spicy buffalo wings, and pizza. Happy Hour M–Th 4–7pm and F–Su noon–11pm. Street parking.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $3–$7.75, sandwiches $8.50, entrées $7–$9. Beer $5+, wine $6.50+, mixed drinks $6.25+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: shorts, jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night for mellow drinks, or Friday and Saturday nights for a bigger crowd and livelier atmosphere.

  • Close By

    The Darkroom (7302 Melrose Avenue) is a slightly nicer neighborhood dive bar with cheap drinks, billiards, darts, and a jukebox.

Snake Pit Ale House User Reviews

Average rating:
Great Group Spot
Sara G. Aug 24, 2012
I was so bummed that the Snake Pit shut down due to a nasty fire. It's a great group place - a little dingy, diverse crowd, and all around an extremely friendly vibe. I hope their bartender comes back - she made that place what it was - worked her tail off and was always no nonsense but really warm. Their food is fine - better than what you would expect for this kind of place. Their burgers come with a million different toppings and I've heard that you can put as many toppings as you want on, all for the same price. I'd imagine that it can get a little nuts later at night. I've always gone after work - the prices are reasonable, and it's impossible not to relax as soon as you walk in the door. Can't wait for you to open back up Snake Pit!!
Dive Bar Extraordinaire
Patrick M. Aug 23, 2012
There are a lot of us from east of the Mississippi (my hometown being Chicago) who crave - CRAVE - a good, dark, dingy dive bar where "the scene" is nothing more than folks tossing back some superior cocktails, solid food, and having a lot of laughs to the soundtrack of a great jukebox/music selection. A place where it's easy to meet the people at the table next to you and there's this sort of instant camaraderie just because you're in this place at this time. That has been my experience at the Snake Pit every time I've been there. I've gone there with friends, had meetings there, networked - and just for the hell of it - to tie one on and see what happens. Each and every time the night was a success. I can only hope that all the renovations, etc., do not take away the core of what this great dive was, that it upgrades the behind-the-scenes facilities and maybe expands the seating size a little while leaving the grittiness and laid-back ambiance intact.
Waiting for Renovations to End!
Ian C. Aug 21, 2012
I can't wait to see what improvements are being made to the place when the renovations finish, since it's pretty amazing as it is. Hell, it's even fun to visit by yourself - just grab a beer and play one of the games of cards, Tetris or whatever suits your mood. Sure you could do it on your phone but that's nowhere near as fun. Cheap food, cheaper drinks, all of it great tasting. Plus plenty of free street parking in the area. One of the more inviting places on Melrose. Come on, open back up already!
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