Los Angeles lines up some great places to drink. You can take your pick from themed bars, rooftop venues with a view, and sophisticated hotel bars where you can do some serious star-spotting.
Tick these Los Angeles bars off your bucket list and get a great intro to the city’s eclectic nightlife…
When it comes to unique watering holes, you can’t beat the replica of Moe’s Tavern from The Simpsons which can be found at Universal Orlando. Yes, you can try a real Duff beer here. And it’s not just any old beer, it’s brewed exclusively for Universal Studios, so you won’t find it anywhere else. There’s Duff Beer, Duff Lite and Duff Dry, which all have slightly different flavours. And you can also try the famous Flamin’ Moe, which is a smoking, bubbling, alcohol-free drink.
If you want to rub shoulders with the stars in Hollywood, Bar Marmont in the Chateau Marmont hotel is the place to go. This iconic, sophisticated spot has been visited by everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Leonardo DiCaprio and it’s still a popular hangout for the A-listers. Bar Marmont’s star power isn’t its only draw though – the cocktails served here are exquisite. Sip on a Cucumber Collins or a classic Martini while you enjoy the low-key party atmosphere. Or, try Bar Marmont’s Sun Goddess which combines muddled grapes, syrup, Elyx vodka and Lillet wine.
Hollwood Loop, Stop: The Comedy Store
If you love your tropical flavors and fruity cocktails, don’t miss a trip to Tiki-Ti – a Polynesian-themed bar on Sunset Boulevard. This lively venue has over 90 tropical drinks on its menu ranging from classic Mai Tais and Dark and Stormys to unique concoctions like Ray’s Mistake – a passion fruit, dark rum and botanic liquor combo. The cosy lounge boasts an easy-going tropical island vibe to pair with its cocktails, so you’ll feel like you’re right in the heart of Hawaii, we promise.
Get a taste of the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood in this Gatsby-esque 1920s-themed bar. The swanky establishment is in an old renovated power plant, which still has the original electric generators inside. And, it’s decorated with a post-industrial steampunk aesthetic making you feel like you’re in the Roaring Twenties as soon as you step inside. Taste the delicious rum, bourbon and whisky signature cocktails and snack on unique bites like bacon-maple beer nuts, truffle mac and cheese, and Edison fries.
The rooftop bar at Mama Shelter hotel and restaurant is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the LA sunshine and views of the city below. The vibrant space is filled with rainbow-colored sofas and blankets as well as mismatched chairs and tables giving the whole area a quirky vibe. Over summer, DJ’s and acoustic bands get the party started with Hip Hop, Soul and old-school hits. And, when it comes to drinks, there’s a selection of Mediterranean-inspired tipples to choose from with red and white sangria, Pimm’s Cup, and Irish mule on the menu.
Hollywood Loop, Stop: Hollywood Blvd. Big Bus Tours Visitors Center
There are so many bars to choose from in Los Angeles, whether you’re after a fun, themed establishment or a low-key venue to chill out in. Check out our Los Angeles bus routes and attractions for more city break inspiration.