Los Angeles

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. 4100

    Silver Lake | Bars/Pubs

    With swaths of fabric draped from the ceiling, this low-lit bar with a bohemian vibe makes it perfect for dates. Groups of locals also come...Read More

  • 2. Dirty Laundry

    Hollywood | Bars/Pubs

    Tucked away in a basement on the quiet Hudson Avenue, Dirty Laundry is a former speakeasy turned proper cocktail bar with live music and DJs...Read More

  • 3. Good Times at Davey Wayne's

    Hollywood | Bars/Pubs

    It's a fridge; it's a door; it's the entrance to Davey Wayne's, a bar and lounge that pulls out all the stops to transport you back in time...Read More

  • 4. Mohawk Bend

    Echo Park | Bars/Pubs

    There are so many reasons to stop by Mohawk Bend: 72 craft beers on tap, a wide range of California-only liquor, a vegetarian and vegan-friendly...Read More

  • 5. Resident

    Downtown | Music Clubs

    Catch a lineup of indie tastemakers inside this converted industrial space, or hang outdoors in the beer garden while trying bites from on-site...Read More

  • 6. The Echo and Echoplex

    Echo Park | Music Clubs

    These two venues, one sitting on top of the other, are the heart of live music in Echo Park. Both offer a full bar and the ability to order...Read More

  • 7. The Satellite

    Silver Lake | Music Clubs

    Once known as Spaceland, the Satellite holds nightly shows filled with underground musicians, both touring and local, all trying to make a dent...Read More

  • 8. Upright Citizens Brigade

    Hollywood | Comedy Clubs

    The L.A. offshoot of New York's famous troupe continues its tradition of sketch comedy and improv with weekly shows like "Facebook," where the...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Akbar

    Silver Lake | Bars/Pubs

    This bar's welcoming feel is one of the reasons many people consider it their neighborhood bar, even if they don't live in the neighborhood...Read More

  • 11. Avalon

    Hollywood | Music Clubs

    This multitasking art deco venue offers both live music and club nights. The killer sound system, cavernous space, and multiple bars make it...Read More

  • 12. Birds

    Hollywood | Bars/Pubs

    They call it your neighborhood bar, because even if you don't live in the neighborhood you'll feel at home at this Alfred Hitchcock–themed eatery...Read More

  • 13. Block Party

    Highland Park | Bars/Pubs

    Block Party fills the beer garden need in Highland Park, and it does it very well with a large shuffleboard and a Wii hooked up to a projector...Read More

  • 14. Boardner's

    Hollywood | Bars/Pubs

    Priding itself as one of the last remaining neighborhood bars in Los Angeles’s ever-evolving bar scene, Boardner’s has maintained its no-nonsense...Read More

  • 15. Burgundy Room

    Hollywood | Bars/Pubs

    Around since 1919, Burgundy Room attracts a fiercely loyal crowd of locals, as well as the occasional wandering tourists. The bar is supposedly...Read More

  • 16. Button Mash

    Echo Park | Bars/Pubs

    Button Mash hits all the right buttons (sorry), with a wide selection of rotating arcade games, most of which are from the golden age, not to...Read More

  • 17. Catcher in the Rye

    North Hollywood | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Catcher in the Rye’s theme is not specific to Holden Caulfield but rather to literature. Other odes to fictional greats can be found name-checked...Read More

  • 18. Cha Cha Lounge

    Silver Lake | Bars/Pubs

    If chaos and the assortment of ill-matched furnishings and decor is something you can forgive—or revel in—then this import from Seattle is a...Read More

  • 19. Covell

    Los Feliz | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    Covell is the embodiment of what every unpretentious wine drinker wishes a wine bar should be—laid back. It's thankfully lacking in servers...Read More

  • 20. Delilah

    Themed Entertainment

    Reservations are definitely required for this swanky, New York–style space in West Hollywood. Waiters in white coats serve a mix of upscale...Read More

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