The city's de facto biker bar is patronized by tattooed Mission hipsters, bicycle-riding twentysomethings, blue-collar dudes in thermal shirts, and, of course,...more
Think red vinyl walls, college kids mixed with locals, and some drop-in celebs such as Jimmy Fallon, the Wayans Brothers, and Maroon 5, and that's just a...more
Tucked inside the historic La Valencia Hotel, the Whaling Bar has been a La Jolla classic since the 1940s. Its interior is done up in a nautical motif with Moby...more
If an undercurrent of sexual energy in sophisticated surroundings appeals to you in an Eyes Wide Shut kind of way, bordello-style Voyeur, in West Hollywood,...more
You'll have to search out the Varnish, a speakeasy-style lounge hidden at the back of the L.A. institution Cole's French Dip restaurant. (The clue is the...more
Truck pulls mellow gay guys and gals off the beaten Castro path. It's an easygoing place, with cheap micheladas, burgers, and fries and free shots at the start...more
North Park's no-frills watering hole Toronado rises to the head of the glass for beer aficionados eager to taste the impressive selection. There are 50 rotating...more
Lovers of kitsch will relish the Fairmont's faux-Polynesian bar, its entrance guarded by a stern-faced totem. Inside, there's a dance floor made from an actual...more
This tiny bar is one of the inspirations for the retro tiki trend. It's family-owned and full of regulars who love to needle newcomers. There are 85 tropical...more
Trust Hollywood to take the most pedestrian of spaces and turn it into a star. That's what happened late in 2009 when a windowless storeroom inside the...more
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