Must-Visit Bars in La La Land (Los Angeles)

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Ah Los Angeles, the City of Angels as it is known, La La Land. This sprawling metropolis has a lot more to offer visitors than Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and Rodeo Drive. Here’s our guide to the venues that are well worth checking out. Some may be off the beaten path, but here, born and bred Angelino, Paige Vreede, has given us the real Los Angeles, so if you’re in need of a holiday across the Pacific, be sure to make LA one of your stops.

RESIDENT

Los Angeles is undeniably known for its music scene, but it is rare to find a music venue that can also double as a local watering hole. Beyond Los Angeles’s industrial stretch, past buildings adorned in street art, cut across a few alleys and pass two taco trucks and you’ll find a hidden gem, Resident. Try one of their refreshing margaritas while enjoying live music, or feast at one of the food trucks parked in their beer garden. If the round is on you, be sure to take advantage of their shot and beer special for just $10!
428 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles CA 90013
T: +1 (213) 628 7503
W: residentdtla.com
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun 10am-2am

THE ACE HOTELIf coming to Los Angeles means wanting to feel like you are on the set of Entourage, then The Ace Hotel is certainly where you want to be. Though you may feel like an elitist on their rooftop bar, the crowd it attracts is generally laid back. In the afternoon, go for a dip in the rooftop pool then at night throw on your classiest attire and indulge in their signature cocktail Make Mama Nice Again – a gin, lime and cinnamon infused cocktail – a strange, but indeed, delicious combination.
929 S Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90015
T: +1 (213) 623 3233
W: acehotel.com/losangeles
Rooftop Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun 11am-2am

GOOD TIMES AT DAVEY WAYNE’SFor some people, coming to Los Angeles means strolling down Rodeo Drive in hope of spotting celebrities. For others, Los Angeles is all about meeting the locals and having a good time, which is exactly what you’ll get at Good Times at Davey Wayne’s. Enter through a fridge converted into a front door, and you’ll be transported back to the era of bell bottoms and afros. Sip on one of their dangerously delicious cocktails while grooving to ‘stayin’ alive” on the dance floor or grab an alcoholic snowcone from their outdoor retro camper. Whatever you decide to do, you will not leave this appropriately named venue disappointed.
1611 N El Centro Ave, Los Angeles CA 90028
T: +1 (323) 962 3804
W: goodtimesatdaveywaynes.com
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 5pm-2am
Sat-Sun 2pm-2am

MANHATTAN BEACH POSTOverlooking one of California’s most beautiful beaches, you can find Manhattan Beach Post. The post office turned restaurant not only has an impressive drink menu, but the atmosphere itself is something to lure you in. Long wooden tables occupy the space, trying to fit in as many customers as possible. As one of the South Bay’s trendiest restaurants, reservations are highly recommended. While you’re waiting for a table, be sure to head to the bar and try a Vic Vega – a refreshing take on a classic old fashioned infused with coconut. They have an exceptional tapas style menu that you do not want to miss out on. Who could say no to a charcuterie plate, replete with blue cheese and truffle honey, 3-year aged acorn prosciutto, and the most mouth-watering marinated olives.
1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach CA 90266
T: +1 (310) 545 5405
W: eatmbpost.com
Opening Hours:
Mon-Thur 5pm-10pm
Fri 11:30am-10:30pm
Sat 10am-10:30pm
Sun 10am-10pm

EL CARMENEstablished as El Carmen Café on Sept 15, 1929 as a family style restaurant by Mrs. Encarnacion Gomez, El Carmen moved from its location on 3rd and La Brea to where she is now at 8138 West 3rd Street in 1950. El Carmen was purchased as part of Committed Inc. in 1997 and transformed by Sean MacPherson into what has now become a staple of Los Angeles and the famous West 3rd Street. Once you pass the red curtains you’re transported into another world. Featuring 400 plus Tequilas, a curated selection of Mezcals, Sotols and Bacanoras along with authentically flavoured south of the border Mexican dishes using hormone free and grass fed meats. When you’re in town, come in and enjoy.
8138 W 3rd St, Los Angeles CA 90048
T: +1 (323) 852 1552
W: elcarmenla.com
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun 5pm-2am