Best Bars in Downtown LA
Looking for the hottest bars in Downtown Los Angeles? Then you’ve come to the right place. This list should hopefully expose you to some of the hottest and most frequented spots in LA. Hopefully you’ll learn some new, amazing places to check that you didn’t know before. With over a hundred bars surrounding DTLA, the disctrict is home to one of the largest nightlife scenes on the West Coast. So without further waiting, let’s get to it.
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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.
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!
The Arsenal is West L.A.’s premier bar – serving food, classic cocktails, spirits and tap beers to a diverse mix of local westside regulars. Located at the gateway of the Pico Corridor, the Arsenal is happy to service drinks, as one of the first bars to the Pico booming social scene.
Although not as elaborate at some of the other bars on this list, the arsenal is a staple of what a good, classic bar should entail. The place is joyful and unassuming. If looking to play it safe tonight and gaurentee an expected bar experience, Arsenal is a great bet.
There are several things about No Vacancy that must stay a secret until you visit. No Vacancy takes its on the speakeasies theme very seriously in the best way imaginable– once you make it in, you’re not just in a hidden bar, you’re in another reality with wonders around every corner. Oh, and great booze. We wouldn’t want to spoil to much so make sure to see Upcoming Events at No Vacancy so not to 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. The location is favorited by whiskey enthusiants and anyone looking to get away from the usual option of drink found at the local club. If looking for something not only different but extraordinary, come here.
Break Room 86
Break Room 86 is one of the most innovative and creative bar/clubs out in DTLA right now. Enter into the loading dock off Ardmore then walk through an employee entrance. From there, you’re led down a shaded, glossy-walled hallway through the hotel kitchens and ice machines. The end of your journey is what was designed as the hotel employee break room, now converted into L.A.’s hottest ’80s bar. Break Room 86 is an awesome place to be and an unreal exeperience. You don’t want to miss out, so click here to see Upcoming Events at Break Room 86.
Down & Out Bar
If you want to wild night out on a weekend, the Down & Out invites you with open arms. Located under the Alexandria Hotel, this sports bar is one of the best places in DTLA to dance and drink the night away. Better yet, the dive has cheap drinks, good music, and a photo-op. When they aren’t hosting DJs, trivia, or open-mic nights expect to see a game on their TVs.
The Crocker Club
LA is known for its nightlife and The Crocker Club is one of the city’s finest institutions. The Crocker Club is found right in the middle of the Downtown Los Angeles art and bar scene in the Gallery Row district. The club is located in the Spring Arts Tower.
With the vault and other bank elements still intact, The Crocker Club is an artistic, gorgeous venue with various rooms and bars. The main bar is the original bank teller’s counter where VIP patrons with bottle service are given safety deposit boxes used to conduct their business. What was onece a vault now houses a bar room called “the vault”. They even have a ghost that hangs out in the “ghost bar” and shows up now and then. But don’t worry, he’s friendly! This room is secluded and has its own sound system and bar. You don’t want to miss out to click here to see Upcoming Events at The Crocker Club.
Library Bar has remained a downtown drinking staple for many, but it’s after-work scene is the best time to attend. The fun, library theme is definitely there, but not in a way that makes you sad, bored or stressed to be there. They have strong beer and an expansive cocktail list ($5 margaritas), and an above-average bar food menu if you want to eat a grilled cheese and feel good about it.