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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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House of Blues Sunset Strip, West Hollywood

Not just blues, but rock, jazz, and gospel too. This flagship of the successful chain, whose exterior has been done up like a raggedy tin shack, hosts...more

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Frolic Room, Los Angeles

This nicotine-stained serious drinker's bar sits right next door to the Pantages Theatre. Rumpled hipsters sidle up alongside old-timers and knock 'em back. If...more

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Formosa Cafe, Los Angeles

Across the street from the former Goldwyn Studio, this boxy red bar with an ersatz Chinese interior has been a favorite drinking spot for decades. There's still...more

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The Edison, Los Angeles

The Edison, an Art Deco–inspired cocktail spot housed in a revamped power plant, is what the Machine Age might have been if there were better couches back...more

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