The Top 5 Bars in Los Angeles

on August 13, 2013

Crowd inside LA's Bar MarmontLos Angeles is a city that knows how to party, so we set out to find 5 bars you absolutely MUST-DO.  Below is our list. Which one is your favorite? Which should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below.

  • High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin (1697 Pacific Ave., Venice Beach CA) – This is a great place to catch the sunset – and sip drinks deep into the night. High above Venice Beach, snuggle up under a blanket on one of their comfy booths, and enjoy the view. Try and get there an hour or two before sunset to make sure you get in. If you want to get a table, it’s best to make a reservation.
  • Pour Vous (5574 Melrose Ave.,Los Angeles CA) – Decorated with a Parisian/burlesque flair, and serving a variety of drinks with names like “La Vie En Rose” and “Le Moulin Rouge,” this bar promises a unique night out. The patio even has an out-of-service trolley. Santé!
  •  Tiki-Ti (4427 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA) – This a small family-run bar has been around for a long time, (over 50 years), and serves over 90 different tropical drinks (if you can’t decide, spin the wheel and let it choose for you!). The walls are covered in Hawaiian/Polynesian trinkets, and the place has an easy-going, fun vibe. A few things to keep in mind: the bar is closed when the owners are on vacation – so make sure to check ahead to make sure it’s open. Oh, and it’s cash-only.
  • Hemingway’s (6356 Hollywood Blvd 1st Floor, Los Angeles CA) – This spot can’t help but feel artsy, trendy, yet welcoming and warm at the same time with it’s book-lined walls and comfy seats. Drink names are inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s works – “The Old Man and The Sea,” or “Death in the Afternoon.” Music later in the evening often gets a touch nostalgic, with 80’s retro and Motown hits.
  • Bar Marmont (8171 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood CA) – Located next door to Chateau Marmont. Its multiple rooms ooze old Hollywood glamour and the bar has been known to be a favorite with celebrities. The ambiance is a bit dark but it does have comfortable nooks to hang out in with friends. Crowds can be trendy but also diverse – a sophisticated mix of people both from LA and around the world.

Looking for more places to get your drink on? Check out our notes on The Varnish and Happy Ending bars.

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