Los Angeles Dive Bar Guide

Where History & Old School Glamor Mix

Few cities conjure the image of old school glamor quite like Los Angeles, a city steeped in celebrities and ostentatious opulence unlike anywhere else. Luckily for dive bar enthusiasts, that backdrop makes for fertile ground when to comes to creating dive bars that mix timeless authenticity with a dose of the Rat Pack here or Elizabeth Taylor there. Santa Monica institution Chez Jay may be one of the city’s best such examples, the dive bar said to be the secret hideout of JFK and Marilyn Monroe during their swirling romance.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame today looks a bit more like a run-of-the-mill sidewalk in a somewhat sketchy part of town, but dive bar Frolic Room remains a gem along its path. Rivaling Chez Jay in its celebrity connections, proximity to the famous Pantages Theater creating post-Oscar, celebrity-drenched after parties.

The West Coast beach vibe of course plays into the Los Angeles dive bar scene, Tiki Ti one such beneficiary as the city’s tiki cocktail destination. The bar serves no beer and no mixed drinks but does offer over 80 custom concoctions, some of them created by Tiki Ti themselves. There are other nautically-themed spots of course, like Koreatown’s HMS Bounty, adding to the rich dive bar tapestry of the city.

All told, the mixture of history and alcohol takes on a special feeling in Los Angeles, that vibe infused into the countless dive bars that dot the sprawling metroplex. Each dive bar here feels unique, authentic and like it could only exist in Los Angeles, populating the city with must-visit dive bar destinations.

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Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Atwater Village

The Roost

3100 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
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Culver City

Backstage Bar & Grill

10400 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
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Culver City

Cinema Bar

3967 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
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Culver City

Cozy Inn

11155 Washington Pl
Culver City, CA 90232
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Downtown

Hank's Bar

840 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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Downtown

The King Eddy

131 E 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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Hollywood

Frolic Room

6245 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Long Beach

Joe Jost's

2803 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804
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Los Feliz

Drawing Room

1800 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Los Feliz

Tiki-Ti

4427 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Manhattan Beach

Ercole's 1101

1101 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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North Hollywood

The Scene

13307 Saticoy St
North Hollywood, CA 91605
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Playa Del Rey

Harbor Room

195 Culver Blvd
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
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Reseda

Copper Bucket

17715 Vanowen St
Reseda, CA 91335
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San Gabriel

Al's Cocktails

413 1/2 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
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Santa Monica

Chez Jay

1657 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Tarzana

Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

18389 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
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Valley Village

Fox Fire Room

12516 Magnolia Blvd
Valley Village, CA 91607
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Venice

Hinano Café

15 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
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Westlake

Crawfords

2616 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057
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Wilshire Center

HMS Bounty

3357 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
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Other Dive Bar Options

Alhambra Cocktail Lounge

216 W 11th St
San Pedro, CA 90731
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Casey's Tavern

22029 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303
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Cha Cha Lounge

2375 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
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Chimneysweep Lounge

4354 Woodman Ave
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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Class of 47

209 Palm St
Newport Beach, CA 92661
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Crane's Bar Downtown

810 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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Dave's on Broadway

708 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
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Frank N Hank

518 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
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Godmother's

302 W 7th St
San Pedro, CA 90731
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Jumbo's Clown Room

5153 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Kibitz Room

419 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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La Cita

336 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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Michael's Pub

11506 Oxnard St
North Hollywood, CA 91606
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Monte Carlo Bar

3514 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
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Paul's Tavern

15425 Chatsworth St
Mission Hills, CA 91345
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Pineapple Hill

4454 Van Nuys Blvd N
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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Pogo's

17314 Saticoy St
Van Nuys, CA 91406
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Prince O'Whales

335 Culver Blvd
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
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Scarlet Lady Saloon

5411 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
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Sugar Suite

11858 Balboa Blvd
Granada Hills, CA 91344
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The 35er Bar

12 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
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The Blue Room

916 S San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
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The Castle Sports Bar

2401 N Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Colorado Bar

2640 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
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The Gas Lite

2030 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
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The Offbeat

6316 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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The Short Stop

1455 Sunset Blvd #3457
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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Ye Rustic Inn

1831 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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