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East LA Nightlife Guide

Red Lion Tavern

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Address: 2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Phone: (323) 662-5337
Yelp link: (4 stars with 1,400+ reviews)

  • An eclectic, kitschy beer garden with a long history in Silver Lake (as far back as 1959)


La Descarga

Address: 1159 N Western Ave, Hollywood, CA 90029
Phone: (323) 466-1324
Yelp link: (4 stars with 700+ reviews)

  • It’s like stepping into Havana – awesome setup / ambiance / atmosphere
  • The cigar room is pretty cool

Thirsty Crow


Address: 2939 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (323) 661-6007
Yelp link: (4 stars with 600+ reviews)

It’s dark, it looks like a divebar, but you’ll find people dressed well and the bar is center stage – the way it should be. The whiskey selection is impressive, but the diversity of the crowd is even more impressive. There is no clear demographic – it’s truly a diverse mix of ages, races, professions, etc. Very few bars in LA have such a broad spectrum of patronage.

Bar Bandini

Address: 2150 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Yelp link: (4 stars with 50+ reviews)

  • A long, narrow bar with a  relxaxed vibe and friendly bar tenders in Echo Park


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Address: 2442 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 662-2442
Yelp link: (4 stars with 800+ reviews)

Seven minutes from the Greek Theatre & Dodger Stadium, barbrix restaurant and wine bar, is tucked in the crest of the quiet Silver Lake Hills.  Cozy and sleek, and set in a 1940s house, it has a “home away from home” feel with polished wood floors and tables, a comfortable square bar with seating on all sides, a quiet outdoor patio, and special “kitchen counter” seating in where diners can watch chef Don Dickman (formerly of Roccca) whip up his Mediterranean inspired, market driven small plate fare.

Cha Cha Lounge

Address: 2375 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Phone: (323) 660-7595
Yelp link: (3.5 stars with 700+ reviews)

Tip your hat to the life-size Willie Nelson cutout as you walk through the door and head for one of the many cozy U shaped booths that line the wall. Cha Cha packs in the locals on any given night along with a few celebrities (including Jake Gyllenhaal, Kelly Osborne, Drew Berrymore and Ryan Gosling) for its super cheap happy hour, foosball tables, photobooth & vending machine packed with eclectic items.


Address: 3408 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Phone: (323) 257-3408
Yelp link: (4 stars with 500+ reviews)

Beer, booze, and beats in Glassell Park – featuring a craft beer line-up of 22 taps, extensive “To-Go” bottle menu, full bar, DJs, large smoking patio, and all of your favorite gourmet food trucks on rotation.

Tiki-Ti Cocktail Loungeu

Address: 4427 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 669-9381
Yelp link: (4.5 stars with 700+ reviews)

When you step into the Tiki-Ti, (some call it the Tiki, the Ti, or sometimes the Tik) it’s almost like stepping back in time. The bar is small — only 12 stools, with a handful of tables against the walls — but what it lacks in physical size it makes up for in menu size. There are 94 Tropical Drinks on offer, most of which simply can’t be found anywhere else.

1642 Beer & Wine

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Address: 1642 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (213) 989-6836
Yelp link: (4.5 stars with 100+ reviews)

  • Awesome bar with Ragtime (Tuesdays) and Jazz (Wednesdays)
  • Thursdays they give you tamales with your drinks

El Cid Restaurant 

Address: 4212 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Phone: (323) 668-0318
Yelp link: (3.5 stars with 500+ reviews)

  • Charming spot with killer Flamenco shows

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