Downtown LA has been undergoing a renaissance for years and as a result DTLA now boasts some of the most fun and unique nightlife options in the city.
A French inspired rooftop bistro that offers unobstructed views of Downtown Los Angeles that makes it feel as though you are floating at the skyline. PERCH offers two outdoor fireplaces, various fire pits, lounge and table seating both indoors and out.
- Features a live band with an indoor bar, balcony and rooftop lounge seats with romantic, twinkling lights
- Good cocktails, the food is hit or miss
- It’s a great spot for date night; many have proposed here
Nearby: Check out Mrs. Fish downstairs for more of a lounge
- Great spot in DTLA for dancing without having to wait in long lines
- It’s not fancy, but it’s also not grungy – it’s the right mix for spontaneous nights out
- Super cool – used to be a power plant and they still have the fixtures
- 1920s speakeasy type ambiance with burlesque shows, silent films projected on the wall and absinthe fairies
- Fun spot right below/adjacent to Seven Grand – they make a mean cucumber margarita
- Huge selection of Whiskey – one of DTLA’s most popular Whiskey Bars
Salvage Bar & Lounge
- A little grungy, but seriously one of the most fun spots in DTLA
- Everyone is super chill, dancing and having a great time
- An unmarked speakeasy, the Association is easy to miss, but once inside you’ll love it
- They have a bar at the front and then ample seating in the back (call ahead to reserve a spot)
- Well prepared cocktails, we like the penicillin (ginger, honey, scotch)
Rooftop at Standard
- The safest choice in DTLA – might not be the coolest, trendiest place but the Standard Rooftop is never a bad choice
- They’ve got good drinks, water beds, a small dance floor and tons of well dressed people to mingle with
- The lines are insane though…easily upwards of an hour on Friday/Saturday nights
The closest you’ll get to a library after undergrad is the Library Bar. A small bar where the walls are covered in bookshelves adorned with…well, books. Library Bar offers some interesting drinks and decent appetizers to get your night started.
- Casual atmosphere – a good place to start your night/stop by after work
- Good variety of beer on tap
- A small space that gets packed
Images courtesy of Carlos Lopez
A real speakeasy, hidden inside Cole’s restaurant is perfect for couples and small groups (under 6 people). Head to Cole’s for happy hour priced fries and famous french dip sandwiches, then after 7 pm head through a door in the back to Varnish for expertly crafted cocktails. Play by Varnish’s rules and you are sure to have a great time.
- Cocktails are well thought out and take time to prepare
- Not particularly fancy, but still classy
- Live jazz on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday after 9pm.
- Site of the old LA Stock Exchange – transformed into an epic nightclub (EDM)
- The nightclub scene in Social Network with JT was filmed here
- Great spot to start of you night – grab some drinks and garlic fries
Shoutout to Steven Garcia
This bowling alley features a DJ spinning live music while music videos play on large screen TVs. There is a full bar after 5PM, karaoke, arcade games and billiards – definitely a fun a spot.
- Entertainment includes Bowling, Arcades, Karaoke, billiards
- Full Bar (service hit or miss)
- Free shoe rental with Yelp Checkin