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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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Voyeur, West Hollywood

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

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The Varnish, Downtown L.A.

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

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Tiki-Ti, Los Angeles

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

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The Tea Room at H.wood, Hollywood

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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The Tar Pit, Los Angeles

Campanile owner/chef Mark Peel has hooked up with master NYC mixologist Audrey Saunders (Pegu Club) to open the Tar Pit, a posh cocktail lounge where postwar...more

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Stone Rose Lounge & Simon LA, Los Angeles

This huge (5,000-square-foot) new lounge from Rande Gerber in the newly renovated—and completely transformed—Sofitel hotel has plush banquettes down...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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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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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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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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