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Los Angeles is not the city that never sleeps—instead it parties until 2 am (save for the secret after-hours parties at private clubs or warehouses), and wakes up to imbibe green juices and breakfast burritos as hangover cures, or to sweat it out in a yoga class. Whether you plan to test your limit at historic establishments Do
Los Angeles is not the city that never sleeps—instead it parties until 2 am (save for the secret after-hours parties at private clubs or warehouses), and wakes up to imbibe green juices and breakfast burritos as hangover cures, or to sweat it out in a yoga class. Wheth
Los Angeles is not the city that never sleeps—instead it parties until 2 am (save for the secret after-hours parties at

Los Angeles is not the city that never sleeps—instead it parties until 2 am (save for the secret after-hours parties at private clubs or warehouses), and wakes up to imbibe green juices and breakfast burritos as hangover cures, or to sweat it out in a yoga class. Whether you plan to test your limit at historic establishments Downtown, or take advantage of a cheap happy hour at a Hollywood dive, this city's nightlife has something for you.

A night out in Los Angeles can simultaneously surprise and impress. That unscheduled set by an A-list comedian at the stand-up comedy club, being talked into singing karaoke at the diviest place you've ever seen, dancing at a bar with no dance floor because, well, the DJ is just too good at his job—going out isn't always what you expect, but it certainly is never boring.

The focus of nightlife once centered on the Sunset Strip, with its multitude of bars, rock clubs, and dance spots, but more neighborhoods are competing with each other and forcing the nightlife scene to evolve. Although the Strip can be a worthwhile trip, other areas of the city are catching people’s attention. Downtown Los Angeles, for instance, is becoming a destination in its own right, drawing cocktail connoisseurs at Seven Grand and rooftop revelers at the Standard.

Other areas foster more of a neighborhood vibe. Silver Lake and Los Feliz have both cultivated a relaxed environment where you can be drinking in a tiki bar so small you wind up talking with the person at the next stool over (Tiki-Ti) or bringing in a 45 to play on an old-fashioned record player (El Prado).

So if you find yourself disappointed with a rude bouncer, or drinks that are too watery, or a cover charge that just isn't worth it, try again. Eventually you'll find that perfect place where each time is the best time. If not, at least you'll walk away with a good story.

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  • 1. 1642 Beer and Wine

    Echo Park | Bars/Pubs

    This romantically lit hole-in-the-wall is easy to miss. Perfect for first dates, come here to experiment with craft beers or to warm up with...Read More

  • 2. Abigaile Restaurant and Brewery/Alta House

    Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Originally a church and then a Black Flag punk band rehearsal space, the building hosting Abigaile has a long history of the sacred and the...Read More

  • 3. El Dorado

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    Though cavernous, you’ll still be able to cozy up to your neighbor at the bar inside this Downtown lounge. The walls display boudoir art of...Read More

  • 4. Good Luck Bar

    Los Feliz | Bars/Pubs

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  • 5. Jones

    West Hollywood | Bars/Pubs

    Italian food and serious cocktails are the mainstays at Jones. Whiskey is a popular choice for the classic cocktails, but the bartenders also...Read More

  • 6. Lighthouse Cafe

    Bars/Pubs

    Featured in La La Land , the 2016 musical set in Los Angeles, this onetime jazz bistro now offers a wide range of live entertainment, adding...Read More

  • 7. Love Song Bar

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    Lovers of T. S. Eliot and vinyl will find themselves instantly at home inside this cozy establishment named after Eliot’s “The Love Song of...Read More

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    Malibu | Bars/Pubs

    This newly renovated outdoor lounge attracts customers with its modern look and views of the ocean. Think dark woods, cabana-style draperies...Read More

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    Echo Park | Piano Bars/Lounges

    This is a bar that feels more like a café—a place with an atmosphere perfect for studying or relaxing over a cold drink. It has a full menu...Read More

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