Best Bars in Los Angeles


#1

The Abbey Food & Bar

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692 North Robertson Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

199 local Airbnb hosts recommend

THE gay bar of LA for both men and women. Even if you're not gay, it's a fun bar to visit. It's always super packed and people here really let loose and go crazy. Party central!

#2

The Bungalow

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$$$· 101 Wilshire Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

199 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you always wanted to spend your summers at sleepaway camp (or were always denied an invite to all the coolest house parties), The Bungalow is for you. Vintage details, oldies music and a retro c... read more

Trendy night spot. Long line on weekends. Pool table, ping pong, cool lounge rooms, indoor/outdoor spaces, people get dressed up or stay casual to come here. Bonfire in the back.

Stepping into The Bungalow at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel is like stepping into the coolest California house party you’ve ever seen. From the cozy décor to the ping pong tables and readily availab... read more

#3

The Otheroom

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1201 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

144 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sexy, moody wine bar with sexy, moody people. Sometimes it's just what the doctor ordered.

On Abbot Kinney, The Otheroom is the place to see and be seen. The wine and beer aren't the cheapest in town but you don't come here just to drink. It's a great place for a first date -- flattering... read more

Intimate wine and beer bar (no hard alcohol) on Abbot Kinney. Quite lovely, quieter place perfect for low key evenings and a chat whether you're with friends or on a date in little sitting areas. ... read more

146 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel with an amazing backdrop of the city high rises. Easily accessible from the Metro -- exit 7th St./Metro Center and walk a block up to 6th Stree... read more

The rooftop lounge at the downtown LA Standard hotel draws a high-energy crowd with a heated pool, waterbed pods, DJs, and panoramic city views. Quite the spot for watching 'the beautiful people' i... read more

#5

Le Zinque

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$$· 600 Venice Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

125 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Opens about 7 a.m. It's a good French bistro, comfortable to sit and read, has wifi. It's also a fantastic beer and wine bar with a dinner menu....turns into a sexy, wine bar when the sun goes down.

In front of Zinque, you can pickup public bicycles to ride to the beach. Look for the green Hulu bike rack in front of their place. Zinque is a hip little spot serving french fare. They are a coffe... read more

"French-influenced coffeehouse meets bistro & wine bar in an artsy, minimalist atmosphere." Love this spot for a morning pastry and coffee or late night bottle of wine and French dessert. The ratat... read more

#6

The Thirsty Crow

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$· 2939 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

113 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This little whiskey bar in the heart of Silverlake has good atmosphere for a date or a small group. Tasty whiskey concoctions, try their namesake.

Cocktails, Whiskeys & Dim Saloon-style setting. Great place to grab a drink and get the night started.

Handcrafted cocktails & a long list of whiskeys in a saloon-style setting, plus a lively happy hour.

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of my favorite bars in LA. Looks like an old house party from the 70's. Complete with backyard, rollerskating disco show & alcoholic snow cones.

Very fun nightlife spot in Hollywood. From Google: Funky '70s retro bar with era-appropriate garage sale decor, an Airstream trailer & backyard BBQ.

This is one of my favorite spots. 1970’s house-party themed spot that no one in their right mind could be bored at. After you walk through a refrigerator via a vintage garage sale, you’re deliver... read more

#8

The Federal

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$$· 5303 Lankershim Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

$1 oysters on Wednesdays. 2 for $30 Sunday brunch with unlimited mimosas and a live Jazz band. Awesome beer selection. Hop to it already!

They serve delicious food, live music some nights, upstairs/downstairs, they serve Bottomless Mimosas and have a great brunch menu, sometimes they open up the floor to a dance floor which is always... read more

Multiple level Bar/Lounge/Nightclub, where upstairs section only opens on the weekend including Thursdays. In an old bank building they transformed so pretty cool vibe and one of my go to spots whe... read more

#9

Seven Grand

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$$· 515 West 7th Street·Map·Hours·Website·

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A whiskey bar known for their mixology. (They have other drinks as well but they specialize in whiskey.) Make sure you try their old fashion! They also have live music periodically.

Like whiskey? Hit up this spot

Massive selection of whiskey! Whiskey lovers would be in heaven. Also has couple pool tables.

95 local Airbnb hosts recommend

1920's Style bar with live aerial performances and absinthe bars!

The Edison is a steampunk themed nightclub located inside the Higgins Building basement in Los Angeles, California. The Edison opened in 2007. The Higgins Building basement was Los Angeles' first ... read more

A dazzling Gatsby-style 1920s underground bar situated in what used to be the Edison electric factory. Complete with giant electricity turbines, golden everything, sequined dancers, live jazz bands... read more

86 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The least "LA" bar around - a bottle shop with hundreds of rare beers with an adjacent lounge with sofas and boardgames. Order pizza next door and they'll bring it over!

Sunset Beer Company has an aim to carry the widest selection of bottled beers in LA. The shop offers bottles to go or invites visitors to stay a while and hang out in the comfortable lounge area wh... read more

#12

Harvard & Stone

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$· 5221 Hollywood Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

79 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a great bar and music venue. Live music every night is curated by the owner. There is never a cover. Dance, drink, and see some of LA's best new music acts before they're famous.

Well...it's a little loud. I'm not gonna lie. But...it's fun for a group. It can be a real good time. They've got these little nooks and side areas and that's what makes it comfy. Plus the bartende... read more

#13

Cole's

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$$· 118 East 6th Street·Map·Hours·Website·

79 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Home of the original French Dip sandwich (one of 2 places downtown with this claim but definitely my fave) since 1908 in the Pacific Electric building, historic , superbly renovated slice of old LA

4 words: French Dip Happy Hour. 1 more word: Speakeasy.

Historic atmosphere with solid classic cocktails. Cole's is a bar and restaurant, and the best place to enjoy an Old Fashioned and a French Dip sandwich. Save room for dessert–they have fantastic p... read more

#14

El Prado

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$· 1805 W Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

79 local Airbnb hosts recommend

El Prado is a cozy local bar in Echo Park, they serve wine, craft beer and small plates like charcuterie and cheese. Bartenders use a record player behind the bar to keep music playing; Tuesdays is... read more

Feels like a wine bar in Madrid. Cozy and intimate. Great if it's not packed. They serve a small but well curated list of craft beer and wine. Bartenders sometimes spin records in between drinks.

My top pick for a night cap or a laid back night on the town. There's a small curated beer & wine menu with some tasty apps. It has a dim romantic atmosphere, tons of locals, & they only spin vinyl.

#15

Red Lion Tavern

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$$· 2366 Glendale Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great German pub to go grab a pint and a bite! There is a great beer garden out back! Unless you're sensitive to smoke, as it's one of the last outdoor smoking areas around.

Wear your lederhosen. You can get a beer in a boot and a sausage platter!

We love the selection of German food, draft beer, the upstairs patio for smokers, and the cool waitresses in Tyrolean garb. You can't go wrong w the Chicken Schnitzel or sausages.

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Dive bar, formerly a big cop hangout. The kids in the hood get down with DJ's spinning on the dance floor. Outdoor smoking patio too!

Named so for the Dodger fans who helped to create it- The Short Stop- with it's pool table, photo booth, and great music that keeps the dance floor packed- is the best late night hang on the east side

#17

The Hermosillo

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$· 5125 York Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Former strip club turned beer and wine place. Home of the Highland Park Brewery. Drinks list on overhead projector. Good food.

Hip, artsy haunt featuring rotating draft beers, wine & creative spins on global bar bites.

#18

No Vacancy

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$$· 1727 North Hudson Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Wins the award for most elaborate way to enter an establishment. This throwback to the prohibition era has a live jazz band and burlesque dancers on the weekends.

If you can manage to find your way through the secret entrance of this Houston Brothers joint—housed in a 1903 Victorian home that once schooled the children of Chaplin and DeMille—you'll find a be... read more

To get in, you walk inside, up some stairs, and greet a young lady in a night gown. She pulls a lever and a bed moves, and you get access to this "secret" bar.

#19

Covell

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$$· 4628 Hollywood Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

69 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Covell is a cute wine bar on the first floor of a tiny boutique hotel. Rather than ordering from a menu, you tell the bartender what you're in the mood for; maybe you're in the mood for a full-bodi... read more

It's the rad wine bar in the hood. If you want to see/meet interesting/attractive folk, it's a pretty good bet.

Popular with the 20- and 30-something crowd, this wine bar has a wide wine and beer selection. Try the charcuterie board or the spicy mac n cheese. Valet parking. Yelp - 4.5 stars from 376 reviews.

#20

Tiki Ti

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$· 4427 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You've never experienced anything like this. It is literally a tropical bar hut, right on the street. The owners will tell stories of Frank Sinatra and other famous people's visits. Down the street.

A local institution since 1961. This quintessential Tiki Bar complete with eclectic tropical decor, strong Mai Tais, or any other fruity and colorful tropical drink you can think of. Order the Uu... read more

#21

Akbar

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4356 West Sunset Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

64 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fun, low key local bar with dance floor and full bar. Drinks are moderately priced. The crowd is very diverse, so anyone should feel welcome here. The music is usually 80's and 90's. Friendly staff

#22

Sonny's Hideaway

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$$$· 5137 York Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a slightly upscale restaurant with fancy cocktails and lots of small plate options. We are big fans of this place. They have a romantic back patio with heaters too!

Hipsters with interesting facial hair, incredible cocktails, try the Mount Washington. Grilled Octopus, Asparagus, Ricotta dumplings, & lamb.

Old-school vibe: dark wood, big luxurious booths, classic cocktail menu. We've been there for brunch and LOVED it, and hear good things about their dinner menu.

#23

The Varnish

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$$$· 118 East 6th Street·Map·Hours·Website·

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Varnish is a unique LA experience. It is a Speakeasy in the back of Cole's restaurant with the best craft cocktails you will ever have. They play spectacular live music several nights a week. ... read more

This little Speakeasy ( in the back of Coles Restaurant ) is one of the best coctail bars in LA. Voted the best coctail bar in America by Esquire Magazine just a few years back. Try a Manhattan o... read more

Classic drinks in a classic speakeasy - can be found behind Cole's Sandwiches. Typically there is a wait unless you go earlier or on a weekday. Perfect ambience for dates or small groups. Fun fact... read more

#24

Skybar

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Mondrian Los Angeles, 8440 Sunset Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

58 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Boasting some of the finest views of Los Angeles, Skybar is an open air, ivy-covered pavilion perched above the pool atop the Mondrian Hotel. The hottest nightlife in LA since the day it opened.

Skybar : an open air bar with a dazzling city view not to be missed. By day, it's a relaxing poolside lounge. At night, it's a celeb hot spot with great house DJs.

Boasting some of the finest views of Los Angeles, Skybar, an open air, ivy-covered pavilion perched above the Pool and Outdoor Living Room of the Mondrian Hotel, has been the spot for the hottest L... read more

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rub shoulders with some of LA's finest.

#26

Hyperion Public

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$$· 2538 Hyperion Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A fun place to watch a sports game and enjoy a pint of your favorite beer. The wings are pretty good too, and so is the Kale because it's LA.

Casual with TV's for the sports lover. Food is quality pub grub. Get some chicken wings. Bottomless mimosa brunch on the weekends.

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sweet hipster bar. Dark, but not dingy. A good spot for a hang.

Observe LA hipsters in their natural habitat. Joking aside, it's a cool bar and it's hopping every night of the week.

Uber Hipster East Side Vibe. The Strokes' drummer named his side project band after this bar.

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

No cover, no guest list, no dress code. Best Piano Bar in Hollywood. On the right night,,,best piano bar in the world.

In the mood for some live music? Piano bar has live music every night of the week and is always a guaranteed fun time!

Live music and bar. There's no cover to hear local musicians play weekly residencies at this cozy, unassuming haunt.

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hotel by the beach. Bar. Restaurant. Fire place. Lunch with ocean view.... 15mn drive. Just across Casa Del Mar Hotel

An incredible hotel with fabulous restaurants. Sit on the outdoor porch with appetizers and cocktails while overlooking the beach, Pacific Ocean and sunset.

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This Chinese-Tiki theme bar has great ambiance and strong drinks. DJs help it swing every night of the week. Next door to the Vista Theater so catch a movie while you're here.

Cute & kitschy tiki bar with drinks that really pack a punch! Conveniently close to several other bars in the neighborhood, Good Luck bar is the perfect place to start or finish a bar hop! Tip: Ge... read more

This is a hidden local gem. From the outside it looks divey. Inside it looks like China Town in a Bond movie, and they have amazing tiki drinks, and a mostly local and unpretentious crowd. A stra... read more