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DTLA Nightlife Guide

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.

Perch

16th floor rooftop

Address: 448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (213) 802-1770
Yelp link: (4 stars with 4100+ reviews)
Website

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

 

Elevate Lounge

Address: 811 Wilshire Blvd, 21st Fl, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 623-7100
Yelp link: (3 stars with 700+ reviews)
Website

  • 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

The Edison

Address: 108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 613-0000
Yelp link: (4 stars with 2500+ reviews)
Website

  • 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

Mas Malo

Address: 515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: (213) 985-4332
Yelp link: (3 stars with 1000+ reviews)
Website

  • Fun spot right below/adjacent to Seven Grand – they make a mean cucumber margarita

Seven Grand

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Address: 515 W 7th St, 2nd Fl, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: (213) 614-0736
Yelp link: (4 stars with 1700+ reviews)
Website

  • Huge selection of Whiskey – one of DTLA’s most popular Whiskey Bars

Salvage Bar & Lounge

Shoutout to the talented Ethan Evart

Shoutout to the talented Ethan Evart

Address: 717 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 688-7755
Yelp link: (3.5 stars with 300+ reviews)
Website

  • A little grungy, but seriously one of the most fun spots in DTLA
  • Everyone is super chill, dancing and having a great time

The Association

Address: 110 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: (866) 687-4499
Yelp link: (3.5 stars with 800+ reviews)
Website

  • 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

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Address: 550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 892-8080
Yelp link: (3.5 stars with 1100+ reviews)
Website

  • 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

Library Bar

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Big thanks to @ninaeasaurus

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Shoutout to @meghanmcmonigle’s fabulous squad

Address: 630 W 6th St, Ste 116-A, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 614-0053
Yelp link: (4 stars with 1400+ reviews)
Website

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

The Varnish

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Address: 118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: (213) 265-7089
Yelp link: (4 stars with 1000+ reviews)
Website

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.

Exchange LA

Address: 618 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: (213) 627-8070
Yelp link: (3 stars with 700+ reviews)
Website

  • Site of the old LA Stock Exchange – transformed into an epic nightclub (EDM)
  • The nightclub scene in Social Network with JT was filmed here

Onyx Lounge

Address: 118 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (213) 891-1144
Yelp link: (4 stars with 500+ reviews)
Website

  • Great spot to start of you night – grab some drinks and garlic fries

XLanes LA

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Address: 333 S Alameda St, Ste 300, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (213) 229-8910
Yelp link: (3.5 stars with 500+ reviews)
Website

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

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