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.
Rusty's Rhythm Club offers weekly swing dances weekly at the Elk's Lodge in the Playa Del Rey suburb of Los Angeles. All ages welcome and a full bar, Rusty's dances take place each Wednesday and the first Friday of the month. Beginners can partake in a quick 30 minute dance lesson at the beginning of the session, while seasoned dancers can brush up on their skills. All dances feature live music by local swing bands.
Everybody at this club is decked out in cowboy boots and chaps making you think the Valley regressed 100 years fashion-wise. Visitors should not be alarmed. It is just that the clientèle at this place likes to play the part to the max and dons the attire while gearing up for a rowdy evening of line dancing. While there is more than just country on certain nights, such as disco on Saturdays, this place is knows for country music. Visitors should grab a partner and get ready to do some serious footwork.
This somewhat elegant gay haunt on the corner of Sunset and Fountain Avenues is a great place for a drink any day of the week. The ambience is upbeat, with sounds from the jukebox constantly raising the energy level of the place. The crowd gets busy after 10p or during events, but plenty of seats are usually still to be had all night long. Best of all, the help remains attitude-free. Although primarily a gay bar, all are welcomed here with equal enthusiasm. Don’t forget to check out the gorgeous mirrored bar.
This chic bar in Atwater Village attracts a lot of hipsters and youngsters. The building first opened as a bar in the 1940s and changed names several times until it became the current establishment in 1974. It is extremely popular with the Hollywood crowd because of the cheap alcohol and a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. The jukebox plays tunes from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s and there are comfortable lounge chairs strewn about where people like to kick back and relax with a drink.
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.