Party Earth Review Self-described as “the perfect escape from the Hollywood bar scene,” the scholastically-themed Library Bar is both a sophisticated drinking spot and after-work social scene that caters to downtown residents, business professionals... ... read full review
630 West 6th Street, Suite 116-A
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Red Line: 7th Street/Metro Center; Purple Line: 7th Street/Metro Center
M–F 3pm–2am, Sa–Su 7pm–2am
Downtown, Los Angeles –
Self-described as “the perfect escape from the Hollywood bar scene,” the scholastically-themed Library Bar is both a sophisticated drinking spot and after-work social scene that caters to downtown residents, business professionals, and local USC students.
The neon blue sign outside belies the venue’s chic décor and upscale vibe inside, where shuttered windows create a nighttime feel and cast atmospheric slats of light across the wood-paneled floors and ceilings and exposed brick walls.
Although the prominent marble bar features literary-themed drinks like the Hemingway-inspired The Sun Also Rises, the venue subtly undercuts any pretension with its classic rock jukebox and the burgers-and-fries menu written in marker on the mirrors behind the bar.
Since the main area is usually standing room only – and the coveted big booth is usually occupied by chatty young professionals – those in need of space should check out the comfy library lounge.
Modeled on the private English libraries of yesteryear, the lounge puts the main focus on the weathered tomes that line one entire wall, warmed up by cowhide rugs, caramel leather couches, and a candle-filled fireplace that bathes guests in an amber glow as they wax philosophical, engage in heart to hearts, or just joke around with friends.
As Library Bar regulars know, however, this place is more popular than a Grisham novel, so it’s best to show up early before the lively late-night crowds make it impossible to find a cozy drinking nook.
Finding parking downtown is frustrating and expensive, but if you park in the underground lot on the corner of West 6th Street and South Hope Street below State Farms Insurance, the Library Bar will validate your ticket. All you have to do is buy at least two drinks, and the parking will only cost you $5.
Downtown Los Angeles residents, business professionals, beer lovers, some college students, early 20s to mid-30s.
A jukebox provides a selection of classic rock and hits from the 80s and 90s.
Classic American menu of salads, fries, burgers, sandwiches, and sliders. Happy Hour M–F 5–11pm and Sa–Su 7–11pm offering choice of five drinks including Stella Artois beer, cosmopolitans, margaritas, grapefruitinis, and Library lemonade.
Appetizers $4–$9, burgers and sandwiches $8+. Beer $6–$15, wine $8–$12, cocktails $9–$12.
The after-work crowd is in business attire, but dark jeans paired with a collared shirt or heels also acceptable.
Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowds.
Casey's Irish Pub (613 South Grand Avenue) offers a similar atmosphere.