Drinking and nightlife in Hollywood

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    La Descarga

    This tastefully frayed, reservations-only rum and cigar lounge is a revelation. Behind the marble bar sit more than 100 types of rum from Haiti, Guyana, Guatemala and Venezuela. The bartenders mix specialty cocktails, but you’d do well to order something aged, and sip it neat as you enjoy the Mambo and Son sounds and the burlesque ballerina on the catwalk.

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    Rooftop Bar at Mama Shelter

    Less a hotel rooftop bar and more lush, tropical-like oasis with killer views of the Hollywood sign and LA skyline, multicolored daybeds and tongue-in-cheek bar bites like 'boujee fries' and outré tacos. Pulling everyone from hotel guests to locals from the nearby Buzzfeed offices, it's a winner for languid cocktail sessions, landmark spotting and a game of giant Jenga.

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    Harvard & Stone

    With daily rotating craftsman whiskey, bourbon and cocktail specials, Harvard & Stone lures peeps with its live bands, solid DJs and burlesque troops working their saucy magic on Fridays and Saturdays. Think Colorado ski lodge meets steampunk industrial, with a blues and rockabilly soul. Note the dress code, which discourages shorts, shiny shirts, baggy clothes, sports gear and flip-flops.

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    No Vacancy

    If you prefer your cocktail sessions with plenty of wow factor, make a reservation online, style up (no sportswear, shorts or logos) and head to this old shingled Victorian. A vintage scene of dark timber panels and elegant banquettes, it has bars in nearly every corner, tended by clever barkeeps while burlesque dancers and a tightrope walker entertain the droves of party people.

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    Sassafras Saloon

    You'll be pining for the bayou at the hospitable Sassafras Saloon, where hanging moss and life-size facades evoke sultry Savannah. Cocktails include a barrel-aged Sazerac, while themed nights include live jazz on Sunday and Monday, brass bands and acrobatics on Tuesday, burlesque and blues on Wednesday, karaoke on Thursday, and DJ-spun tunes on Friday and Saturday.

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    Dirty Laundry

    Under a cotton-candy-pink apartment block of no particular import is this funky den of musty odor, low ceilings, exposed pipes and good times. There's fine whiskey and funkalicious tunes on the turntables. Alas, there are also velvet-rope politics at work here, so reserve a table to make sure you slip through.

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    Sayers Club

    When established stars such as the Black Keys, and even movie stars such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, decide to play secret shows in intimate environs, they come to the back room at this brick-house Hollywood nightspot, where the booths are leather, the lighting moody and the music always satisfying.

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    Teddy's Bar

    Evoking an old hunting lodge with its timber panels, Chesterfield sofas and mounted antlers, this handsome hideaway sits off the Roosevelt Hotel's fountain-studded lobby. Drinks are equally classic, from a seasonal menu of negronis, mules and Manhattans.

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    Tramp Stamp Granny's

    In the heart of Hollywood, this piano bar owned by Darren Criss (star of Glee and The Assassination of Gianni Versace) is a little bit classy, a little bit trashy and a whole lot of fun. Talented pianists tickle the ivories as guests sing along to favorite tunes – look for theme nights (Disney, anyone?). Drinks are creative and strong.

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    Good Times At Davey Wayne's

    Enter the faux garage, walk through the refrigerator door and emerge in a dim, rocking ode to 1970s Californication, complete with pine paneling, 'groovy' wallpaper and enough interior-design kitsch to make your sideburns explode. The draught beers are craftsman and there's a second bar (housed in a camper) and barbecue on the back deck. Attracts mainly 20- to 30-something hipsters.

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    Frolic Room

    The neon sign is worth a trip alone, but Frolic Room offers more than colored lights. This is one of Hollywood's true dives, a vinyl-lined relic where the drinks are stiff and the regulars quirky. It has served them all, from Judy Garland to Charles Bukowski.

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    Javista

    Easily the coolest coffee joint in this stretch of Hollywood. Expect hipsters with lap dogs and slackers sipping organic tea and Matcha lattes to keep the blood pumping. Not the greatest cup of joe in town, but a good spot to work or people watch. Edibles include pastries, bagels and sandwiches.

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    Cat & Fiddle

    In new Hollywood digs, this much-loved British pub will have you pining for Old Blighty with its mix of UK ales (think Newcastle Brown Ale and Old Speckled Hen) and salt-of-the-earth atmosphere. And did we mention the lovely patio?

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    Faultline

    One of LA's naughtier gay bars, with no shortage of beards and brawn. Take off your shirt and join the Sunday-afternoon beer bust (it’s an institution), but get there early or expect a long wait.

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    Create

    If you enjoy the glitz and glam of big-city nightclubs and love your EDM beats, find your way to this offering from LA nightlife empresarios SBE. Squeeze onto the packed dance floor or escape onto the light-strung outdoor patio.