Reviewed by Paul F.
"Ever since I moved to Los Angeles and have been going to Lakers games at the Staples Center, I've been enjoying a pre- or post-game drink at the Hotel ..." more
939 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Lounge / Club
Reviewed by Katie F.
"My Take: Once inside, Vignette lounge feels instantly intimate. Compared to other, more cavernous Hollywood clubs, Vignette feels positively miniscule ..." more
8623 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Lounge / Live Music Venue
Reviewed by Donna D.
"The Talking Stick is a venue I frequent often. It is the embodiment of Venice Beach. Whether stopping in the morning for coffee or listening to a li ..." more
1411 Lincoln Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
Lounge / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review Formerly the back room of famed restaurant Musso & Frank, where early-century scribes like Hemingway and Fitzgerald sipped swill and poured literary gold into their suds-stained notebooks, The Writer’s Room may be that one Hollywood speakeasy with legit ties to the era it claims to represent. Sherlockian scenesters know ... more
6685 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
(entrance around back)
Party Earth Review Located in the long-abandoned building that once housed the Fox Theatre, Playhouse Hollywood is a sprawling, 13,000-square-foot Vegas-style nightclub with a sexy circus theme. Popular with eager young club kids and college students, the impressive high-ceilinged space is dominated by a huge oval bar presided over ... more
6506 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Party Earth Review Fierce winds destroyed the original Arsenal in the 1870s, the Great Flood of 1916 laid waste to the second version, and a flicked cigarette burned the third incarnation to the ground in 1949 – but despite its accident-prone past, this fourth-time’s-the-charm drinking den remains a favorite among hip Angelinos thanks to ... more
12012 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Club / Lounge
Reviewed by Rebecca L.
"My take: I came to Main on Main for a friend’s 23rd birthday on a Saturday night with a group of about 15+ friends from college. Great place for a bi ..." more
2941 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Party Earth Review Classically posh and surprisingly accessible, the enchanting Bar Marmont is a popular haunt for Hollywood denizens of all stripes who love good food and conversation. Just inside, patrons are greeted by a lounge area whose trussed ceilings, skylights, and hanging plants create the feel of an airy outdoor café where everyone ... more
8171 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Party Earth Review The lack of overt signage or a snaking entry line may mean that finding The Three Clubs takes a stroke of luck, but once discovered, this deliciously divey bar offers a winning combination of classic cocktails, cabaret, and live music. The relaxed door policy means no one’s left out on Vine because they’ ... more
1123 Vine Street #1
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Reviewed by Heather P.
"Lucky Strike is a great bowling alley/bar and lounge conveniently located near the Staples Center and Club Nokia and Nokia theater. I stumbled upon th ..." more
6801 Hollywood Boulevard Suite 143
Hollywood, CA 90028
LA may be a fast-paced city, but that doesn’t mean her denizens don’t know how to take a load off, and lounges in Los Angeles are certainly evidence of that. Lounges in LA cover the gamut when it comes to style and price, and almost every major neighborhood will have a relaxed lounge where patrons can shed their jackets and sip fine craft cocktails or barebones bottles of beer.
Hollywood is a great place to find a swanky lounge with lots of scenesters and fashion mavens, while burgeoning Downtown is home to an ever-increasing number of dark dingy dens where couples can snuggle into well-worn couches and fade into the night, as well as stunning rooftops where potential couples can ogle the view as they ogle each other.
Hipsters are known for dominating the lounge scene in Silver Lake, Los Feliz, and Echo Park, but these neighborhoods are also home to plenty of upscale lounges where moneyed professionals can drop serious cash on big bottles as they groove to mellow lounge DJs.
Further west, chill Venice lounges unite beach bums and former hippies with casual yupsters and plenty of out-of-work actors, and all over town the Los Angeles lounge scene continues to remind people that even if the traffic is awful and the glamour of Hollywood is largely a farce, at least there are plenty of LA lounges to secret away into and pretend nothing else matters.