Ranging from chic lounges to high-energy nightclubs, these bars offer a wide range of experiences, making them highly sought-after destinations for singles in LA.
The scene: Start-up employees, trust fund beach bums and a bunch of presumably ordinary people between the ages of 21 and 50. It’s a friendly crowd —fellow patrons passed the Stranger Smile, the Door Hold, and the Bathroom Line Small Talk tests with flying colors.
The scene: E.R.B.’s upscale yet casual vibe caters to the cool and sophisticated—30+ patrons.It fills a needed niche in the Arts District, plus there’s reasonable on-site valet, which is a nice alternative to parking on a dimly-lit industrial street.
The scene: Mama Shelter attract a younger demographic with people looking to party. With a near 360-degree view of the city, creative cocktails, standup comedy, DJ sets, and a welcoming bar counter, Mama Shelter creates the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable experience.
The scene: The Victorian has a split personality. Tuesday through Thursday, it’s an all-ages—21+ assortment of Westside locals and casual good vibes, but come Friday and Saturday, Hollywood-style lines—with the crowd to match spill across the three-story venue.
The scene: Amidst the vast array of LA gay bars known for their expensive drinks and tourist crowds, Akbar emerges as the complete opposite. No lines, cheap drinks, and an unintimidating dance floor, making the atmosphere approachable and unpretentious.
The scene: Bar Flores presents itself as a lively dive bar with the soul of a stylish cocktail establishment. The ambiance effortlessly exudes an inviting and relaxed vibe, with open windows and a buzzing patio. The drinks are some of the finest in the neighborhood, with a particular emphasis on mezcal and high-quality ingredients.
The scene: Benny Boy’s patio has all the necessary components to aid in a casual conversation with strangers - long wooden benches, several different fire pits, and, of course, beer and cider.
The scene: This Pioneertown-inspired bar is the least douchey new rooftop in Hollywood. Desert Five Spot has breathtaking city views, live rock and country music, and the rare L.A. crowd that genuinely enjoys dressing in a loosely inspired western theme.
The scene: This rooftop commands expansive views of the Hollywood hills and the sunset strip and is one of the largest rooftop patios in LA. This place is a nighttime must for young Hollywood types.