Bars and Clubs in Los Angeles

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    barbrix - Restaurant | Wine Bar in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review Set back from the street in a 1940s house, barbrix is a chic little spot that specializes in Mediterranean-inspired small plates and a large selection of wines from around the globe. As intimate groups take cover beneath string-lit umbrellas to devour daily specials on the front patio, scruffy bohemians head inside to the ... more

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    Wurstküche (Venice) - Beer Hall | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review Fans of specialty sausage and suds purveyor Wurstküche have a tendency to form lines down the sidewalk at the Downtown location, so it’s hardly a surprise that the same thing happens at its sister spot worlds away in Venice. And much like at the original, patrons at this “sausage kitchen” feed on everything from traditional ... more

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    Supperclub - Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review The sixth installment of a franchise that originated in Amsterdam, the Hollywood version of supperclub has found a fitting home in the historic Vogue Theater, former purveyor of X-rated movies and risqué adult revues. After an extravagant makeover, the immense space now draws a dapper dinner and club crowd that flocks in ... more

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

    Party Earth Review Perched high above the west end of the Sunset Strip, the 20,000-square-foot Soho House is a private members-only social club whose elite atmosphere has made it a preferred hangout for celebrities. A stylish clientele from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, and finance step off the private elevator into an elegant reception ... 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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    The Charleston - Gastropub | Live Music Venue | Lounge in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review A time warp back to Prohibition, with a distinctly modern twist, The Charleston attracts a large spectrum of Westside well seekers with classic cocktails, amped-up comfort foods, and music that ranges from live jazz to hip-hop DJs. An elegant speakeasy vibe pervades the open room, where thick exposed beams punctuate the ... 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:

    901 Bar & Grill - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Los Angeles.

    40s / Bar Food

    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:

    The Tower Bar - Hotel Bar | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    30s / 40s

    Hemingway's - Bar | Lounge in Los Angeles.

    20s / 30s

    Bagatelle - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    30s / 40s

    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:

    Mandrake - Bar in Los Angeles.

    30s / 80s Music

    Oldfield's Liquor Room - Bar in Los Angeles.

    Absinthe / Ambient

    Sunset Beer Company - Bar in Los Angeles.

    Ambient / Artists

    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:

    El Cid - Club | Historic Bar | Lounge | Spanish Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    20s / 30s

    Next Door Lounge - Restaurant | Speakeasy in Los Angeles.

    Ambient / Ambient Jazz

    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

Barney's Beanery - Historic Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Los Angeles. more bars in West Hollywood

Santa Monica / Westside

The Arsenal - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Los Angeles. more bars in Santa Monica / Westside

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