Bars and Clubs in Los Angeles

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    Venice Beach Wines - Lounge | Wine Bar in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review Part wine bar, part wine shop and artisanal deli, Venice Beach Wines has created a supremely relaxed little nightspot whose small wood and stone patio just past the wrought-iron gate is packed every night with a talkative and laid-back crowd of creative types and boho locals. On each side of the walkway, raised slatted ... more

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    Duke's Malibu - Beach Bar | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review Patrons in search of an island vacation without the jet lag should make their way to Duke’s Malibu, where an amazing ocean view, exotic cocktails, and a laid-back atmosphere make for a relaxing getaway. Named for Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian father of international surfing, this bamboo beach venue with its sand-and-surfboard ... more

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    AV Nightclub - Club | Lounge in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review Of all the good things to come out of two letters – TV, E.T., R&B –there’s one more to add to the list: AV, an ultra-swanky Hollywood nightclub that began life as a Monday-only hotspot but has since opened for dolled-up weekend warriors as well. Potential guests need only follow the valet line trekking down Selma to discover ... more

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    UCB Theatre (Upright Citizens Brigade) - Comedy Club in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review Packed to the gills every night with earthy hipsters and a smattering of Hollywood industry types, the UCB Theatre is one of the coolest places in LA to catch up-and-coming comedy stars. Founded in 2005 by members of The Upright Citizens Brigade, which include Amy Poehler, the theater serves as a performance and writing ... more

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    The Viper Room - Bar | Live Music Venue in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review Once owned by Johnny Depp and site of everything from the overdose of River Phoenix to performances by musicians like Iggy Pop, Courtney Love, and The Strokes, The Viper Room is a treasured live music landmark in the seedy rock-and-roll history of the Sunset Strip. Raucous gangs of rockers from well-dressed indie kids to ... more

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    Father's Office (Santa Monica) - Burger Joint | Gastropub in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review A classic LA favorite where everyone from celebrities to sunburned surfers in board shorts gathers to please their taste buds, Father’s Office is a popular gastropub offering gourmet dining in a comfy, unpretentious setting. The brainchild of dictatorial chef Sang Yoon – who allows absolutely no substitutions on his menu ... more

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The most visible social scene in LA undeniably revolves around the high-end nightlife: the famous and exclusive bars and clubs in Los Angeles. The in-crowd is deeply intertwined with the entertainment industry, and nowhere is this more evident than in Hollywood, with its ever-present lines of stunning wannabe stars waiting outside the swanky clubs and lounges, and the snap-happy paparazzi waiting for short-skirted celebs to step out of their Escalades.

Hot one minute and cold the next, the LA bars and clubs can be as fickle as the A-listers who frequent them. To entice these leggy blonde starlets, each club attempts to outdo its competition with kitschy themes, ostentatious décor, impenetrable access, and enough idolatrous fawning to keep them coming back.

LA’s pre-club scene is equally exclusive, as high-powered agents and producers talk shop at sceney Beverly Hills and Sunset Strip hotspots and bars with tight reservation-only policies and the steep price tags that come with them.

Yes, it pays to be famous, wealthy, and beautiful in LA’s gilt-edged scene, and those with deep pockets and even deeper connections will find the tall, tanned, and beautiful just beyond the iron-clad velvet ropes, where one can dance with a Kardashian one minute and do shots with Jeremy Piven the next, or catch a glimpse of Hollywood dealmakers green-lighting the next hot movie franchise.

Although the Hollywood entertainment scene garners the most tabloid attention, the rest of LA’s multifaceted nightlife is nothing to be scoffed at. With a variety of options stretching from the ocean to Downtown, Los Angeles offers inventive cocktail dens, speakeasy watering holes, club/lounge hybrids, Irish pubs, and lazy beachside bars.

In recent years, the mixology and craft beer scene has blown up in Downtown, Silver Lake, and Los Feliz, where trendsetting hipsters rub elbows with grizzled regulars over Dark & Stormys and Old Fashioneds, while beach bums, yuppies and divorcées congregate down by the water with a laid-back, anything-goes attitude that makes every day feel like a weekend.

Hitting a combination of all these types of venues in one night may require traveling across the city, but taking advantage of LA’s less stereotypical offerings is well worth the effort.

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  1. Lucas

    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

    The Belmont - Bar | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    30s / Actors

    Saddle Ranch Chop House (West Hollywood, CA) - Bar | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    All Types / Anything goes

    Lucas Likes: Beer Sports Rowdy Casual Anything goes Bar Flirty

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  2. Adriana

    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

    Bootsy Bellows - Club in Los Angeles.

    20s / 30s

    Soho House - Bar | Lounge | Members Club | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    30s / 40s

    Hemingway's - Bar | Lounge in Los Angeles.

    20s / 30s

    Adriana Likes: Exclusive Nightclub Fashion Forward Shopping Jetsetter Lounge Hotel Bar High End / Exclusive

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  3. Jonah

    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    The Three Clubs - Bar | Live Music Venue | Lounge in Los Angeles.

    Actors / After Work

    Oldfield's Liquor Room - Bar in Los Angeles.

    Absinthe / Ambient

    Ali Mama Cafe - Café | Hookah Bar in Los Angeles.

    30s / 40s

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

    Largo at the Coronet - Comedy Club | Concert Venue | Live Music Venue in Los Angeles.

    Acoustic / After Work

    Next Door Lounge - Restaurant | Speakeasy in Los Angeles.

    Ambient / Ambient Jazz

    The One-Eyed Gypsy - Bar | Live Music Venue in Los Angeles.

    20s / 50s Music

    Paradise Cove Beach Café  - Beach Bar | Café | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    All Ages / Anything goes

    Emma Likes: Happy Hour Culture Dancing Lively Budget-friendly Sightseeing Party Groups

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Explore Los Angeles Bars and Clubs by Neighborhood

Hollywood

Beacher's Madhouse - Club | Members Club in Los Angeles. more bars in Hollywood

Downtown

Villains Tavern - Bar | Live Music Venue | Tavern in Los Angeles. more bars in Downtown

West Hollywood

Laugh Factory (West Hollywood) - Comedy Club in Los Angeles. more bars in West Hollywood

Santa Monica / Westside

Q's Billiard Club - Pool Hall | Sports Bar in Los Angeles. more bars in Santa Monica / Westside

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