Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceGay & Lesbian in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Abbey

It's been called the best gay bar in the world, and who are we to argue? Once a humble coffeehouse, the Abbey has expanded into the bar/club/restaurant of record in WeHo. It has so many different-flavored...

Top ChoiceRooftop Bar in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Spire 73

On the roof of the Intercontinental Hotel, Spire 73 proclaims to be the tallest rooftop bar in the western hemisphere. From its spot on the 73rd story, the breathtaking views extend all the way to the ocean. Cozy...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

Polo Lounge

For a classic LA experience, dress up and swill martinis in the Beverly Hills Hotel's legendary bar. Charlie Chaplin had a standing lunch reservation at booth 1 and it was here that HR Haldeman and John...

Top ChoiceBeer Hall in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Mikkeller DTLA

This cool, influential Copenhagen import puts a contemporary spin on the old beer hall. Fitted out with booths, communal bar tables and cartoon artwork by Philly-based artist Keith Shore, the industrial loft...

Top ChoiceBar in Long Beach & San Pedro

Pike

Adjacent to Retro Row, this nautical-themed dive bar, owned by Chris Reece of the band Social Distortion, brings in the cool kids for live-music acts every night – with no cover, thank you – and serves beer by...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Clifton's Republic

Opened in 1935 and back after a $10-million renovation, multilevel, mixed-crowd Clifton's defies description. Order drinks from a Gothic church altar amid taxidermied forest animals, watch burlesque performers...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Edison

Accessed through easy-to-miss Harlem Pl alleyway, this extraordinary basement lounge sits in a century-old power plant. It's like a dimly lit, steampunk wonderland, punctuated with vintage generators, handsome...

Top ChoiceBar in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

EightyTwo

Cocktails, pinball machines and arcade games makes for oh-so-retro good times at this graffiti-soaked warehouse bar. Named for 1982 (the height of the 'Arcade Age'), its 40-plus consoles include classics Donkey...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Everson Royce Bar

Don't be fooled by the unceremonious grey exterior. Behind that wall lies a hopping Arts District hangout, with a buzzy, bulb-strung outdoor patio. The barkeeps here are some of the city's best, using craft...

Top ChoiceRooftop Bar in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

High

Venice's only rooftop bar is quite an experience, with 360-degree views from the shore to the Santa Monica Mountains – if you can take your eyes off the beautiful people. High serves creative seasonal cocktails...

Top ChoiceBar in Silver Lake & Echo Park

Virgil

An atmospheric, vintage-styled neighborhood hangout serving quality cocktails to local hipsters and arty types. A stocked calendar of entertainment includes top-notch live-comedy nights, with hilarious,...

Top ChoiceLounge in Hollywood

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...

Top ChoiceBar in Santa Monica

Basement Tavern

A creative speakeasy, housed in the basement of the Victorian, and our favorite well in Santa Monica. We love it for its craft cocktails, cozy booths, island bar and nightly live-music calendar that features...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Highland Park & Eagle Rock

Good Housekeeping

Step out the back door of restaurant Cafe Birdie and you'll find this red-brick speakeasy. A neighborly oasis of tealights, leather booths and competent barkeeps, its on-point cocktails are fond of Californian...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Los Feliz & Griffith Park

Dresden

Marty and Elayne have been a Los Feliz fixture since 1982 when they first brought their quirky Sinatra style to the Dresden’s mid-century lounge. He rumbles on the drums and the upright bass; she tickles the...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

Bar & Lounge at Hotel Bel-Air

You'll be clinking crystal at the Hotel Bel-Air's dark, intimate hideaway, a deco-inspired bar-lounge graced with white-marble fireplace and blown-up photography by Norman Seeff. The grand piano is tickled...

Top ChoiceBar in Hollywood

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...

Top ChoiceBar in Hollywood

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...

Top ChoiceBar in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Upstairs at the Ace Hotel

What's not to love about a rooftop bar with knockout Downtown views, powerful cocktails and a luxe, safari-inspired fit out? Perched on the 14th floor of the Ace Hotel, this chilled, sophisticated space has...

Top ChoiceBar in Culver City & Mar Vista

Blind Barber

Clippers and cocktails conspire at this winning speakeasy. The front section is an actual barbershop, complete with vintage barber chairs and inked staffers. Behind that back-wall door, however, is a dimly lit...