Nightlife

Top Choice Gay & 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 coffee house, the Abbey has expanded into WeHo’s bar/club/restaurant of record. It has so many different-flavored martinis and m…
Top Choice Rooftop 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. The views from its spot the 73rd story go all the way to the ocean and are simply breathtaking. …
Top Choice Beer 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 peddles…
Top Choice Cocktail 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. You can chow retro-cafeteria classics (meals around $15) by a forest waterfall, order drinks from a Gothi…
Top Choice Bar 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 the p…
Top Choice Cocktail 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 Ehrlichman l…
Top Choice Bar 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 Kong…
Top Choice Cocktail 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 leath…
Top Choice Cocktail 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 liquor t…
Top Choice Rooftop 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 (blo…