The Dime

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The Dime Tucked away on a quiet shopping section of Fairfax Boulevard, The Dime is a refreshing, hassle-free alternative to Hollywood's velvet rope scene that continues to attract a loyal clientele year after year. Los Angeles United States 34.0794241 -118.3613292
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The Dime - Bar in Los Angeles.
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Party Earth Review Tucked away on a quiet shopping section of Fairfax Boulevard, The Dime is a refreshing, hassle-free alternative to Hollywood’s velvet rope scene that continues to attract a loyal clientele year after year. With movie-producer... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M, Su 5pm–2am, Tu–Sa 7pm–2am; Kitchen open Su–M 5pm–9pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Dime Review

The Scene

Tucked away on a quiet shopping section of Fairfax Boulevard, The Dime is a refreshing, hassle-free alternative to Hollywood's velvet rope scene that continues to attract a loyal clientele year after year.

Tucked away on a quiet shopping section of Fairfax Boulevard, The Dime is a refreshing, hassle-free alternative to Hollywood’s velvet rope scene that continues to attract a loyal clientele year after year.

With movie-producer/actor owners, it’s no wonder this venue started out as a celebrity hangout – bartender Stacie even became a prominent character on MTV’s The Hills, so naturally The Dime made several cameo appearances as well.

Despite this moment of fame, however, getting in the door is easy enough as long as the bar hasn’t reached capacity – this place is tiny, which is just fine by the hip and friendly crowd of entertainment industry folk and young professionals who flock in for some elbow-to-elbow flirting with the other attractive patrons.

Dim lighting and smoky mirrors add to the amorous vibe, while backlit black-and-white photos of the neighborhood add some contrast to the otherwise crimson décor of velvet drapes and plush banquettes.

Stylish patrons in the mood for a relaxing night among friends tend to lounge on the sofas, while those more interested in making eyes will want to nab one of the velvet stools at the bar in the back.

Hollywood connections aside, The Dime is an inclusive and welcoming venue that has become a consistent haunt for an outgoing, approachable crowd.

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Tip from Emma:

Definitely show up before 9pm to catch the great drink specials – you really can’t beat $3 beers and $4 mixed drinks!

  • Crowd

    Attractive, hip, and well-dressed, 20s and 30s. Many entertainment industry professionals and the occasional celebrity.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nightly DJs and iPod playlists. A mix of old-school, hip-hop, rock, and indie. Flat-screen TV tuned to sports in the early evening.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Kitchen Temporarily Closed: Menu includes salads, fries, sandwiches, and burgers.

    Happy Hour M, Su 5–9pm, Tu–Sa 7–9pm.

  • Prices

    Kitchen Temporarily Closed: Menu $5–$10.

    Beer $4+, wine $8, cocktails $9+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual to dressy. Fashionable t-shirts or button-downs for guys, anything from tank tops to dresses for girls.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays through Saturdays for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    For late-night eats, the famous Canter’s Delicatessen across the street (419 North Fairfax Avenue) is open 24/7.

The Dime User Reviews

Average rating:
The Dime is almost a ten.
Kerry P. Apr 1, 2013
The Dime has gone through a few personality changes since it's opening. Now, it has finally found it's identity as a hip dive bar with great music. When I say "dive" I do mean it. It is rather, shall we say, cozy and has limited seating. When it gets packed you literally are a sardine. The only other drawbacks are the bathrooms which remind you of highway rest stops. Now to the awesome stuff. The crowd is very unpretentious, trendy and ready to party! Which is a plus this close to Hollywood. You won't find a dress code or people standing around too cool to party. And also this close to Hollywood you won't finder stronger or cheaper drinks. The bartenders are awesome and personable and may even take a shot with you! Now to the awesome-r stuff. This is perhaps the only place in the Fairfax area where you can have a good time any night of the week. They have different themed DJ's everyday, so it's not surprising to find The Dime jumping on any weekday. From classic hip-hop to 90's hits and 80's rock, you can find something to keep you dancing. All in all, I am a huge fan of The Dime. I recommend going early so you can grab a booth (bottle service on weekends though), have a few strong drinks and enjoy the great music.
The Dime is Dope
Paul F. Oct 5, 2012
It may be wicked small, but this spot packs a serious punch for it's tiny size. When you walk in there are a few tables to sit at and the bar on the right side. Maybe you can fit 50 people in the joint - maybe. Drinks aren't too pricy. I'd say $6 for a beer. But don't quote me. Only problem with The Dime, if it gets too crowded, you can literally not move. They really pack the place in tight!
Fun!!
Sara G. Aug 14, 2012
The Dime is a Los Angeles classic. It's in a rad part of town, and you absolutely know what you're going to get as soon as you walk in the door. Good drinks, friendly staff, great night. Because it's so intimate, it's also a great place to meet people. Careful though, it is DARK inside and you may think you're talking to an 8, and when you walk out at closing with them, realize they're a 5. Unlike some of the other spots on Fairfax, it doesn't get going until a bit later at night. Grab dinner at Animal or Golden State and then head over to Rosewood Tavern or the Kibbitz Room (at Canter's) before making The Dime your final stop. Just remind yourself to do some further investigating before banking on that 8 actually being an 8.
Miniscule but Amazing
Paul F. Aug 6, 2012
It may be one of the smallest bars in LA, but I still just love The Dime. I've probably been to this bar 50 times since being in LA, and it still doesn't get old. Yes, I know it's impossible to squeeze past people and actually order a drink, but once you make it to the bar, it's well worth your while. Drinks are cheap - especially during Happy Hour, and the staff is always really friendly. Some of the best experiences I've had at The Dime is when someone has rented the place out for a private party. There is banquette seating against the south and west facing wall that's perfect for accommodating mid-size groups. The Dime also does occasional food nights - their chef is killer and it's well worth trying.
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