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Los Angeles nightlife

The Twenties are currently roaring through La-La land, with a slew of speakeasies, such as the Varnish, the Tar Pit, and the Roger Room, offering scenes that hark back to a cooler, jazzier time. If your nighttime adventures include a fair amount of barhopping, you're going to find the sprawling Los Angeles scene pretty frustrating. Then there's the issue of those pesky velvet ropes. The good news? Well, there's something for everyone in this city; you just need to know where to look. Much of Hollywood's nightlife offers a full-on experience complete with top-notch food, celeb DJs, and bartenders who prefer to be called mixologists. Move swiftly, though—in Tinseltown the hot club du jour generally has the life span of a fruit fly. For low-key, rope-free joints, head east to Silver Lake or Echo Park for laid-back favorites such as Akbar. Downtown caters to a slightly more conservative crowd: after-hours bankers and corporate types who frequent cool, albeit slightly gimmicky bars like Seven Grand, a onetime jewelry shop that's now a whiskey-centered watering hole.

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La Descarga, Los Angeles

With an extensive menu of rum and decor reminiscent of old Havana, this moody little bar on a sketchy block of Hollywood feels worlds away from the...more

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Laurel Tavern, Los Angeles

What's missing from L.A. nightlife? Cozy neighborhood bars where you can chill out with good suds and decent food without having to line up behind a velvet...more

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Lou, Los Angeles

L.A. is currently embroiled in a wine-bar love affair, and this tiny spot in a grubby strip mall—hidden away behind a curtain— is one of the best....more

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L Scorpion, Los Angeles

Don't let the fact that it's a tequila bar throw you off—this is a much more sophisticated, grown-up spot than some of its Hollywood neighbors. It's...more

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McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica

On weekends, the famed guitar shop hosts singer-songwriters from the worlds of country, folk, jazz, and rock. Many respected musicians (Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt,...more

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Music Center (Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County), Los Angeles

The Music Center houses the city's largest performance venues, including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which is the home of the Los Angeles Opera...more

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Roger Room, West Hollywood

The Roger Room, a dimly lit, cocktail-focused pub where the mixologists wear suspenders and fastidiously mix gourmet drinks, has become a cozy hot spot for...more

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The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood

The roster at this intimate venue features mostly up-and-coming bands, with the occasional big name, and attracts a very young crowd....more

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Seven Grand, Los Angeles

One of the handful of speakeasies breathing some much needed life into L.A.'s downtown scene, this old school–style whiskey bar with a tricked out hunting...more

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Station Hollywood, Hollywood

Angelenos now have a great place to booze without worrying about parking. At the W Hollywood hotel's outdoor Station Hollywood lounge, they can arrive via...more

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