This is arguably one of the hardest lists we’ve ever had the pleasure of throwing together. With hundreds of bars/lounges/clubs to bless the Downtown district of LA with their presence, compiling a compete list of our favorites would have been impossible. So today we we’re writing about some of our favorite and most frequented bars you will see between Thursday and Sunday night in DTLA. If you don’t see your favorite bar on here, fear not.
With so many to choose from, we thought we’d start small, provide some good insight on a couple of our favorite clubs, bars, lounges, cocktail bars, karaoke bars, etc and slowly work our way through all our favorites. This list is in no ranking order and I will be the first to admit that it’s missing some hot spots. But these bars/clubs have proven time and again that they not only attract great crowds but also provide an exciting and welcoming atmosphere that is quickly missed upon your leaving. With that being said, let’s look at the first 11 clubs in DTLA that have caught our eye. Here we go!
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The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA
Originally built as the base of Superior Oil, The Standard, Downtown LA is Mid-Century California design par perfection. Located in the heart of booming Downtown Los Angeles, the rooftop pool and bar possess a stunning panoramic views of LA, an intimate rooftop garden bar, and a stellar 24-hour restaurant. There is bottle service and tables for reservations available. There is also a block of marble on the façade, covering the lobby, which asthetically pleasing and very impressive. Make sure to check out upcoming events at Rooftop at the Standard to see what’s happening this weekend!
Clifton’s Republic is arguably the coolest bar in California. This four story venue is an experience you will never forget. In the middle of the bar is a 50 foot fake Redwood tree, which immediately helps you find your way around the place. Every floor is themed, with plenty of room for dancing, lounging, or whatever else you may want to do. This venue is like Disneyland for adults and definitely the venue to go if looking to change things up. It’s an experience hard to describe, so we recommend going there and seeing for yourself.
Perch LA is one of the hottest spots in LA right now. The venue is layed out in the style of a French-inspired rooftop bistro, located at the top the Pershing Square Building in DTLA. Perch’s founders created its spaces with beautiful views of Downtown Los Angeles for guests to sense the feeling of floating along the skyline.
Arena Ultra Lounge is a nightclub, bar and lounge located in the heart of Ktown Los Angeles with a complete kitchen & 6 VIP booths avaliable for reservation. Thursday’s are 18+ and Fridays + Saturdays are 21+ Hip Hop and R&B every night with no cover charge. This venue is also used as a special events music venue, for private parties, corporate functions and/or pop up concerts & dining. Click here to check out upcoming events at the Arena Ultra Lounge.
Downtown Los Angeles has a ton of beautiful properties remaining from its twentieth-century youth. This bank vault is centered in the middle of Historic Core which has been converted into The Reserve. As one of L.A.’s oldest places, the building goes back to 1924, when the Hellman Commercial Trust and Savings was built into the ground floor.
The Reserve has a number of sub-lounges and dance floors for a diverse experience every weekend. From their uncommon location, to the handcrafted cocktails, to the inviting atmosphere, The Reserve is happy to offer a wide spectrum of indulgences in an intimate setting for your every desire including bottle service availible for reservation. Experience Hip Hop and Reggaeton each Friday night and Hip Hop, R&B and Throwbacks for Saturday’s turn up! Make sure to check out upcoming events at The Reserve to not miss out!
Seven Grand, the extensive whiskey bar, features one of the most comprehensive selections of awarded whiskeys in the West, with bottles showcased in vintage cases.
Alongside hand-crafted cocktails, state-of-the-art beverage delivery systems, live music, pool tables and private party areas, Seven Grand is the place to experience the ever-popular Whiskey Society; a novel membership program giving guests the opportunity to additionally explore the spirit via education and experimentation with in-depth tastings featuring Master Distillers, International Brand Ambassadors, and notable members of the liquor industry.
The Edison is a punk-themed nightclub found inside the Higgins Building basement in Los Angeles, California. The Edison opened in 2007 and is located in the Higgins Building basement and was once Los Angeles’ first ever power plant.
Elevate Lounge located across from Takami Restaurant found on the 21st floor of a downtown high-rise, Elevate Lounge has 6000 square feet of dance and lounge space in one big open area.
Sliding glass doors open to the outdoor lounge area with a south-west view over downtown LA from Wilshire. The dance floor is small compared to the amount of space. A lot of the seating is reserved for bottle service, which is typical found in LA clubs. But be warned, the line for the club forms downstairs in front of the building and can grow quickly so make sure to arrive early or check out upcoming events at Elevate Lounge.
Exchange LA pays tribute to its rich and opulent Art Deco past. After nearly two years of careful renovations and augmentation, Exchange LA opened as a lively venue that not only functions as a club, but also as an event space for award shows, premiere parties, corporate events, fashion shows, film shoots and charity galas.
This history infused treasure from the 1930s is recreated as a gorgeous four-story venue that caters up to 1,500 guests. Offering guests multiple rooms, seven bars, top tier lighting, and a huge LED screen display, Exchange LA’s venue sits in the center of Downtown Los Angeles’ booming art and entertainment scene.
Experience the view of every rooftop in LA with a more comfortable environment in 71 Above, which also offers a bistro-style low dining tables or cozy sofas highlighting cocktail service and small plates. Groups of two to eight are welcome on a first come first serve with no reservations required. Definitely a spot worth checking out.