The "dive-iest" of the dive bars, this tiny watering hole next to the famed Pantages Theater has been a Hollywood legend for decades. Used frequently in films for its authentic broken down feel, the bar remains good-natured about its appearance. Don't be dismayed by the shabby interior, however. The bartenders are always friendly and the crowd is made up of Hollywood musicians of many varying levels of success. And despite its "flannel shirt" appeal, don't be surprised to see a really famous face or two once in a while.
Tony’s Darts Away is an eco-friendly bar that focuses on local drinks and food. They only serve craft Californian beer by the draught, and they have an especially long list of local beers. Along with their exceptional drink menu, Tony’s Darts Away also serves great cuisine focusing on local and organic food. Order a beers at their spacious, wood paneled bar then play a round at pool table or see if you can beat your friends at darts.
Step through the old fashioned swinging saloon doors and be amazed at how this bar truly captures the southwestern dive bar atmosphere. With sawdust on the floor, bull horns on the wall, plus a pool table and jukebox, Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill has an iconic western flair. Opened in 1939, this bar looks so perfectly southwestern it's often used as a filming location for commercials and TV shows. Stop by for a drink and enjoy a game on one of their several large TVs. They also have a great menu with terrific burgers.
This cozy Irish pub is a local favorite and is among the best places in town to unwind over a few pints. The Snug will warm you with its friendly service and cheap beer. Offering a vast range of craft beers on tap, tipple on your choice brand during happy hours or enjoy their drink specials. Those who love whiskey, their impressive selection will make you proud. Play a board game or a pinball, or watch your team in action on their television screens.
Though the name of this restaurant is quite a mouthful, its philosophy is simple: good food and live entertainment. With all the ultra-trendy bars in L.A. for people under 40, it's good to find one where all ages are welcome, including those of the older set. Affordable appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and soups round out the menu at Joe's, but the real reason folks keep coming back for more is the live music every night. You won't hear some obscure punk band coming out of the speakers. Blues, Rockabilly, Country, Jazz, Swing, karaoke, and classic Rock and Roll are featured every day of the week through great local artists and bands, so be sure to make use of the smooth wooden dance floor.
If you want to watch that big game in total silence (and without fans of the opposing team around), you'd better find somewhere else. This place is a loud, fun, sports-loving guys' place to drink and yell. The three rooms are decorated with team pennants and beer ads. Besides the ubiquitous big screen TV, there's pool, darts and video games. Sundays during football season are predictably hopping. Go team!
You know that any club featuring bands called Vomit Bomb and The Pukers on the same night probably isn't a place to take the parents. The Smell is a small, bare-bones warehouse showcasing the best of underground art and music. The club name possibly derives from the musty aroma that hangs in the air as a result of many sweaty people jammed into such limited space, or perhaps it's a reference to the less-than-glamorous location. Leave your delicate sensibilities at home and enjoy fresh talent. Shows are for all ages, so alcohol isn't on the menu but vegan snacks and tea are!
The Five Star Bar is a rock music lover's escape from LA's bustling core. With its dark interior that's strewn with album art and lit with neon lights, the divey rock bar cuts back on frills but creates a perfect mood for an evening of headbanging. Five Star hosts a number of punk bands thus getting fans acquainted with talented musicians while cheap beers keep flowing. When the stage is empty, pool tournaments keep the crowd at their euphoric best. Please bring cash along as credit cards are not accepted.
This semi-secret bar is a laid-back, nighttime hangout with spacious interiors, a few pinball and arcade games, neon lighting, and plenty of 80s kitsch. The mismatched decor gives the space a retro vibe that is both familiar and exotic, with a simple selection of highball cocktails, beer tallboys and spirits to choose from behind the bar. Free from fancy frills and grandiose notions, the Slipper Clutch is a throwback bar that couldn't possibly be more authentic.
La Cita embodies downtown's hipper than thou-art gentrification at its best. While this place has been remodeled to include flashing red lights, kitschy tiki-lanterns, and walls covered in artwork, La Cita still prides itself to be a Mexican-themed hangout. You could call it a “dive-bar” or a “local-hot spot”, you could even consider it as a “dance club” because DJs spin the tune Monday through Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday check out the live music. But regardless of what label you attach to La Cita, it is the perfect place to get your fiesta on.
Mumford Brewing is a family owned and run, brewery and tap room located on Boyd Street, that serves up a selection of craft-beers. From pale ales to stouts, this brewery offers quite a variety. Try the Black Mamba or the Cascadian Ale. You can also sample a tasting paddle of all their beers available on tap. While they do not serve food here besides pretzels, patrons are encouraged to either order food from nearby restaurants or bring along their own snacks to eat.
King Eddy Saloon keeps it real. You won't find any fancy cocktails with exotic ingredients or a carefully curated wine list here, what you will find is an old school dive bar serving up cheap drinks in a casual, laid-back setting. Settle in with a beer, nod along to the music or play a round of darts with your buddies. The bar has a long history of staying true to its roots and has been serving Downtown LA since the prohibition era. A good place to enjoy a round of drinks and a casual night out with friends, especially if your expectations are realistically dialed back to dive bar mode. For details, visit the website.