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Los Angeles nightlife

Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
– Frank Lloyd Wright

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Bar Chloe

  • Santa Monica, Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 1449 Second St.
  • Santa Monica, 90401
  • +1-310-899-6999
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A jewel box-sized boite by the beach from the owners of Magnolia Restaurant in Hollywood and downtown, The Bar on Bronson, and Caufield's Bar and Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Champagne and small plates await.

Coffee Commissary

  • West Hollywood, Cafe, $$$$ $$
  • 801 N. Fairfax Ave.
  • Los Angeles, 90046
  • +1-323-782-1465

They take coffee very seriously. Baristas aim to bring out the best in beans from out of town roasters such as Portland's Coava and San Francisco's Sight Glass. Also under constant scrutiny: breakfast pastries.


  • Hollywood, Wine Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 4628 Hollywood Blvd.
  • Los Angeles, 90027
  • +1-323-660-4400
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If you don't know what you'd like, answer seemingly random queries from the bartenders regarding your line of work and favorite vacation destinations and they'll deduce what might be your ideal glass of wine.

The Dresden

  • Griffith Park/ Los Feliz, Lounge, $$$$ $$
  • 1760 N. Vermont Ave.
  • Hollywood, 90027
  • +1-323-665-4294

Nothing goes better with Marty and Elayne than a martini. at 9 p.m. The duo takes the stage and gets the crowd swinging with their jazzy tunes finessed with the occasional drum machine, upright bass, flute, or scatting in falcetto just as they have every Tuesday through Saturday since 1982.

Moon Juice

  • Silver Lake, Juice Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 2839 W Sunset Blvd.
  • Los Angeles, 90026
  • +1-213-908-5407

Rehydrate the right way during the never-ending LA drought at Moon Juice. You'll soon join the legion of devoted followers who come to Silver Lake for the fresh nut milks and wellness products. Try everything from moon dusts and tonics to savory cosmic provisions. Sounds like nonsense but feels like heaven to your body.

Pressed Juicery

  • West Hollywood, Juice Bar, $$$$ $$$
  • 8714 Santa Monica Blvd.
  • West Hollywood, 90069
  • +1-310-854-4407

What started as a nook of a juice bar in Brentwood has expanded to a Malibu outpost, West Hollywood shop, and a busy delivery service. Freshly-pressed, well-balanced fruit and veg blends, and heartier nut milks are at the ready. At this location they crank out healthy smoothies, too.

Rooftop bar in Erwin hotel

  • Venice, Lounge, $$$$ $$$
  • 1697 Pacific Ave
  • Los Angeles, 90291
  • +1-310-452-1111

Perched atop the edgy boutique Hotel Erwin on colorful Venice Beach, the High Rooftop Lounge is the perfect spot to chill and watch the sunset with a tequila cocktail in hand. Only one block from the boardwalk, top off an afternoon in the sands at this scenic lounge with a rocker-vibe.

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  • Los Feliz, Cocktail Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 4427 W Sunset Blvd.
  • Los Angeles, 90027
  • +1-323-669-9381

In a young and thriving town like LA, it's harder to find "old and homegrown" places. Tiki-Ti comes pretty close: An intimate dive bar in Los Feliz that has been in the biz for over 50 years. For a tropical good time, choose from over 94 unique drinks on the menu, like the rum-infused Great White Shark or Bonnie & Clyde.

The Varnish

  • Downtown, Lounge, $$$$ $$
  • 118 E. 6th St.
  • Los Angeles, 90014
  • +1-212-622-9999
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Down the steps, past the carving station for Cole's famous french dips, and through the dining room, there will be the door to The Varnish, a pint-sized bar at the heart of the cocktail revival scene. Go classic with a sazerac or contemporary with a palma fizz. 

The Walker Inn

  • Koreatown, Cocktail Bar, $$$$ $$$
  • 3612 W 6th St
  • Los Angeles, 90020
  • +1-213-263-2709

At this 27-seat bar hidden behind the , get served high-falutin' cocktails by a master mixologist. The atmosphere is secretive and romantic; the handcrafted drinks are divine.

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