Nov 5, 2023

Top Rated Bars + Restaurants with Live Music in Los Angeles

Our favorite spots to catch a live set. From jazz nights, to venues showcasing your next favorite indie artist,  here are the best places to grab a drink while listening to live music.

  1. Townhouse Venice - Venice

The Townhouse website hosts a full calendar of live music where you can catch anything from jazz bands to acoustic guitarists in a venue that still feels like a well-kept secret.

townhouse venice best bar with live music
  1. Hotel Cafe - Hollywood

One of Hollywood's most iconic venues, The Hotel Cafe now has double the performances with two stages. The acoustic-heavy venue is renowned as a launchpad for singer-songwriters everywhere and hosts a variety of up-and-coming talent as well as surprise shows with major music industry artists.

hotel cafe best music venue
  1. The Stowaway - Downtown Los Angeles

There’s a different live jazz band performing every night, and since there’s no cover, you can stroll right in and find a seat whenever you want to be seduced by the sweet sounds of jazz.  It’s the perfect place to bring a date after dinner, or just drop by for a solo nightcap.

The stowaway best music venue
  1. Desert 5 Spot - Hollywood

Self-described as "a little bit country, a little bit rock-and-roll," Desert 5 is a Pioneertown-inspired rooftop bar in Hollywood that is committed to the bit. There are glowing neon signs, cocktail glasses shaped like cacti and boots, and a stage where bands play their hearts out while rocking cowboy hats.

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  1. The Goldfish - Highland Park

This cute, checker-floored wine bar has live music shows almost every night. Most of the weeknight performances are free, but on weekends they charge a $12 cover.

  1. Sassafras Saloon - Hollywood

The owners of Highland Park Bowl, Bigfoot (West & East) La Cuevita, Thirsty Crow, Oldfield’s and Harlow also bring us Sassafras. Right in the heart of Hollywood, the converted Savannah Townhouse offers warm spirits, through their drinks, staff, and performers.

Sassafras Saloon best place to watch live music
  1. Resident - Arts District

Resident is a hybrid bar, beer garden and music venue that honors the creative spirit of their community. Come by on weekend mornings for brunch and enjoy the patio, cocktails and LA weather or enjoy evening performances from touring and local musicians!

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  1. The Silverlake Lounge - Silver Lake

The Silverlake Lounge is a cash-only venue showcasing local indie rockers. The Lounge, like the Hotel Cafe, is a well-known launchpad for local artists. At the center of the intersection between Echo Park and Silver Lake, it’s a community staple for music lovers in LA.

the silverlake lounge - best place for live music
  1. The Echo - Echo Park

The Echo is one of the best live music bars in Los Angeles for indie music lovers. Located right by Echo Park Lake, this welcoming, friendly bar has a great sound system that gets the people going!

The Echo - best place for live music

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