Bars and Clubs in Los Angeles

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    The Venice Whaler - Beach Bar | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review Whether for Sunday afternoon pit stops or Fridays of debauchery, The Venice Whaler offers patrons the chance to dine and imbibe just steps from the sand. Stumbling distance from Venice Beach, the venue’s location is clearly a huge draw, giving surfers, college kids, and any beachgoer looking for a drink near the ocean an ... more

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    Barney's Beanery - Historic Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review The quintessential Hollywood roadhouse since its opening in 1920 on historic Route 66, Barney’s Beanery transformed from a place where travelers could trade in their license plates for a free beer, to a gathering spot for Tinsel Town icons like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn, to a rowdy hangout for rockers like Hendrix, Joplin ... more

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    The Living Room - Hotel Bar | Lounge in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review From the entertainment industry shotcallers taking meetings at the bar to socialites sipping Manhattans on Wednesday afternoons, the W Hotel’s sleek lounge, The Living Room, offers a 21st-century version of classic Hollywood splendor. Well-dressed visitors entering the dazzling high-ceilinged hall will find an opulent and ... more

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    Bar Chloe - Bar | Lounge in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review One of the west side’s most intimate hideaways, Bar Chloe is a study in relaxed opulence whose glamorous pre-war Paris vibe attracts a well-heeled but laid-back clientele. Velvet drapes, damask wallpaper, smoky antique mirrors, and Oriental wall panels provide a luxurious backdrop for the small circles of after-work business ... more

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    St. Felix (Hollywood) - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review An escape from the velvet-roped Hollywood scene, St. Felix is a classy lounge where the food and drinks are refined but the Happy Hour is generous and the vibe is wholly unpretentious. Exposed ductwork lends an industrial air to the loft-like space, while ornate chandeliers and gothic couches add a distinctly Victorian ... more

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    The Woods - Bar | Lounge in Los Angeles.

    Party Earth Review Tucked away in an inauspicious strip mall, The Woods is a cozy, unpretentious lounge with a retro forest theme that attracts everyone from average Joes to grungy wannabe actors. A simple space with a quaint and playful décor, the bar features a dimly-lit main room decorated with nature-motif wallpaper, hand-cut cedar block ... more

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Browse LA Bars and Clubs by Category

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 Surly Goat - Bar in Los Angeles.

    30s / 40s

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

    All Types / Anything goes

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

    40s / Bar Food

    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:

    Chateau Marmont - Historic Bar | Hotel Bar | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    30s / 40s

    Laurel Hardware - Bar | Restaurant in Los Angeles.

    20s / Actors

    Hemingway's - Bar | Lounge in Los Angeles.

    20s / 30s

    Soho House - Bar | Lounge | Members Club | 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:

    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:

    La Descarga - Cigar Bar | Lounge | Rum Bar in Los Angeles.

    20s / 30s

    Next Door Lounge - Restaurant | Speakeasy in Los Angeles.

    Ambient / Ambient Jazz

    Caffé Brass Monkey - Karaoke Bar in Los Angeles.

    Actors / After Work

    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

The Hudson - Bar | Gastropub | Restaurant 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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