Experience Austin at the Best Bars and Lounges in the City

Austin is a city drenched with history and culture and is home to great events such as SXSW, an internationally-acclaimed music and film festival. The city also boasts an incredibly diverse nightlife scene that is always changing and adapting to new trends. Whether you’re looking for a quiet lounge for relaxing after a day of sightseeing, or a lively neighborhood hotspot, there is sure to be something out there for everyone. Check out some of these hotspots to experience the best bars and lounges during your next trip to Austin.

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The Driskill Bar

On the corner of 6th and Brazos Street is where you’ll find the historic and distinguished Driskill Bar. Housed beside two other top-tier eateries and lounges inside the Driskill Hotel, the Driskill Bar swells inspiration and whimsy with their elegant aesthetic that has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore along with history-inspired drinks.

 

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The Roosevelt Room

The Roosevelt Room’s wide-ranging menu of cocktails will have you feeling excited by the opportunity to try their variety of options. With drinks inspired by different periods of history and a comfortable industrial chic interior, The Roosevelt Room is the perfect place to unwind after a day of enjoying all that Austin has to offer.

 

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The Townsend

Built in 1875, the Thompson-Townsend building where this darkly elegant bar is housed has been a cornerstone of Austin’s historic foundation. The Townsend takes advantage of this rich history and applies aspects of it all over their interior, creating a unique aesthetic that is sure to enthrall anyone interested in the city’s culture.

 

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Nickel City

Formerly the Longbranch Inn, this iconic and vivacious cocktail lounge offers everything you could ever want during a night out in Austin. Refreshing drinks, friendly service, and even a Detroit-inspired food truck out back are all things you’ll find yourself loving at Nickel City.

 

Photo: Nickel City / Eater Austin

Garage

This hidden gem of Austin is tucked away in an out-of-commission parking garage on Colorado Street. A raw concrete interior lit only by candles and the light coming from a central, circular bar creates an alluring mix of fantasy and realism. The signature drinks at the Garage are modern takes on classic cocktails that are sure to have you refreshed and satisfied.

 

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Half Step

Found in a renovated house on Rainey Street, Half Step is truly set apart from its competition with a creative and unique interior and an upper-echelon bar staff. Founder Chris Bostick used his years of experience in the beverage industry to create a tremendous nightlife experience for all who enter.

 

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Small Victory

The name of this cozy drinking den is actually quite the opposite of what it actually is, which is a massive win. Small Victory is a home run with a sprawling social area, quirky and eccentric cocktails, and a speakeasy-inspired interior. Despite the bar’s acclaim, you will still feel as if you’re drinking in an underground, secret pub.

 

Photo: Small Victory / The Infatuation

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LA’s ‘The Bungalow’ Expands to Two New Southern California Locations

Any visitor to Santa Monica is bound to hear buzz about The Bungalow as it holds its place as one of the busiest bars on the Westside. After expanding to Huntington Beach, the Bungalow brand continues to travel down the coast with the announcement of two new Long Beach and La Jolla locations. The beachy brand will soon be making its mark in these California cities bringing crowds of guests to enjoy their signature eclectic, outdoor space.

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The Bungalow’s flagship Santa Monica location opened in 2012 at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and soon became a staple in the West LA bar scene. The unmatched Baja-inspired atmosphere of mixing and mingling with a view of the ocean waves has led the Bungalow brand to continue its successes, solidifying itself as a go-to for bar hoppers. Whether guests are stopping by to enjoy the outdoor patio, play a game of pool or ping pong, or warm up by the fire pit, the lounge space offers up a good time for everyone with a relaxed, welcoming environment.

Much of The Bungalow’s success is due to the creativity of nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse, who created the concept and heads The Bungalow Hospitality Group. Bolthouse’s legacy in the industry, along with bringing on Venice-based design partners Studio Collective, made the perfect combination of talent to push forth the uniquely Californian brand.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

 

Bolthouse’s Bungalow Hospitality Group soon expanded the concept to the similarly beach-driven city Huntington Beach in 2016, creating an Orange County outpost of the popular hot spot. The Bungalow Huntington Beach took on an aesthetic familiar to the original with textured accents and vintage designs that complement the city’s own history of surf culture. The success of the brand has lead to the upcoming launch of two new Southern California properties under the Bungalow name—one in Long Beach and another in San Diego’s La Jolla.

The Huntington Beach location boasts a food menu from local partner Bear Flag Fish Co., but the two new locales will get an upgraded dining menu from world-renowned chef and restaurateur Michael Mina. The Michelin-starred chef founded MINA Group, which owns more than 40 restaurants across the country. The new Bungalow menus will include small bites and large shareable plates along with specialty cocktails.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Huntington Beach

 

Guests will have a view of the harbor at the Long Beach location situated in the upcoming 2nd & PCH complex in the Belmont Shores neighborhood. The Bungalow Long Beach will have one of the biggest spaces in the complex with a layout amounting to 8,000 square feet. After it breaks ground in the spring, the new seaside lounge has an anticipated opening date of fall 2019.

Expecting to break ground in summer of 2019, The Bungalow La Jolla will be connected to the Westfield UTC with its own dedicated building featuring views of Downtown. The plans include an expansive 10,000 square foot layout with half of that belonging to the outdoor space alone. Guests can look forward to visiting this San Diego County destination by spring of 2020.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Huntington Beach

 

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Celebrate the Good Life at the Best Nightlife Venues in NYC

New York City is known for its world-renowned nightlife landscape of mixing and mingling with celebrities and socialites. The hottest venues are always changing as trendy crowds show up to sip cocktails and dance the night away in the city that never sleeps. During your next NYC visit, check out some of the best venues in the city to make the most out of your nightlife adventure.

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Vandal

This street style-themed space is adorned with hand-painted murals and art installations making for an edgy yet sophisticated atmosphere. Part nightclub and part restaurant, this luxurious destination serves up a street food inspired menu with an impressive beverage program to match.

 

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Avenue

Head to the Meatpacking District to experience Avenue, a two-story venue that is often home to a celeb-studded crowd. Meet here for bites and drinks at the start of your night out for a luxurious place to toast to the good life.

 

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1OAK

Visit this iconic nightlife destination in the heart of Chelsea for a “1 Of A Kind” night to remember. With sister venues in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, this original hot spot is known for its rotation of A-list performances along with a lavish interior to give you the full NYC nightlife experience.

 

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Beauty & Essex

The Lower East Side is home to the extravagant restaurant Beauty & Essex, a locale fit for a lively night out. The pawn shop speakeasy-style entrance with quirky items for sale sets the tone as guests duck into the innovative space. Multiple dining rooms and two bars serve up a variety of shared bites and drinks for guests to indulge in.

 

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Bounce Sporting Club

If you’re looking for a chic place to watch the big game, head to Bounce Downtown for a modern sports bar experience. The menu of elevated bar food and craft cocktails give a contemporary feel to a classic environment. Business professionals make up most of the crowd ready to spend their night cheering on their favorite team.

 

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LAVO

This restaurant and nightclub serves up delicious plates while providing you a space to have a VIP nightlife experience. The lavish décor with wood and leather accents gets guests in the mood to party with international DJs stopping by to fill the space with energetic music.

 

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TAO

You can visit the Uptown or Downtown locations of TAO to be swept away by a contemporary, Asian-inspired space. Both of the expansive venues present a lavish interior along with an iconic Asian-fusion menu and specialty cocktails.

 

Photo: TAO Uptown NYC

Bathtub Gin

This speakeasy-style hideaway is a staple in the New York City bar scene and is an essential visit for craft cocktails during your stay. The 1920s-era ambiance is complemented by an iconic bathtub featured in the center of the space.

 

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PHD at Dream Downtown

Experience stunning views of the Manhattan skyline at this penthouse rooftop lounge. The luxurious, modern touches with banquettes and marble tables will put you in the mood for a chic night along with their cuisine of small bites and custom cocktails.

 

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PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown

The indoor/outdoor space with panoramic views is the perfect place to toast glasses with friends as you mix and mingle with the stylish crowd. The intimate lower level and open upper level provide something for everyone during your NYC visit.

 

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Marquee

Have a sophisticated nightlife outing at Marquee, an extravagant multi-level nightclub in Chelsea. The expansive ceilings and lavish décor make for a great environment for partying the night away with DJs from all over the world spinning in this popular night spot.

 

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Up&Down

Doubling as a laid back lounge and energetic nightclub, Up&Down gives you the ultimate nightlife experience for cocktails, dancing, and enjoying the energy of New York City. The variety of atmospheres from room to room keep up an enticing vibe that will keep you partying all night long.

 

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LA’s Top 20 Coziest Date Night Bars

Los Angeles is well known for its diverse nightlife scene that includes energetic nightclubs, sophisticated lounges and secretive speakeasies that draw in visitors from all around the world. If you’re looking for a place to take that special someone for an intimate night out, narrowing down the perfect spot for a cozy night of drinks and conversation can be a tedious task. Duck into any of these cozy destinations to enjoy a warm, snuggly escape with your sweetheart.

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The Wolves

Enjoy a night in Paris at this beautiful French-inspired bar in Downtown LA. Romance will be in the air with aged wooden accents and unique balcony seating perfect for people watching. Drinks made with seasonal ingredients will keep you refreshed in this elegant, refined space.

 

Photo: The Wolves

No More Heroes

This inviting neighborhood bar will make for the perfect date with a chic interior and friendly crowd. Inspired by music legends as modern-day heroes, you’ll be singing along to their playlist as you get to know your date night companion.

 

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Delilah

While the marquee in front often claims there’s “Nothing to see here,” there’s definitely an environment to enjoy once you pass through the curtains to Delilah. Make a reservation to cozy up over their delicious plates or grab a seat at the bar to whisper sweet nothings over drinks.

 

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Mama Lion

Head to Koreatown to check out this unassuming supperclub lounge with an elegant interior for drinks and dancing. Reserve a table for cocktails and bites during the week or get in close with your date on the dance floor during their energetic weekends.

 

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Sunset & Vinyl

You’d never suspect a worthy bar to live atop a chain pizza place, but Sunset & Vinyl offers up an intimate, vintage escape for you and your beaux to get to know each other. Don’t worry about yelling over loud music here, the record player always has a new album playing to act as the perfect soundtrack to your night.

 

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Electric Owl

This neighborhood gem taps into West Hollywood history as its inspiration comes from being built on the site of a former train station. Snuggle up with a table for food inside the dining car-like interior or embrace a sunny day with craft cocktails on the outdoor patio.

 

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Library Bar

One of Downtown LA’s favorites, this library-themed spot is great for ducking in on date night with a loved one. The dimly lit ambiance gives the feel of a vintage hideaway with plenty of books to browse if you’re in the mood.

 

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Bibo Ergo Sum

With a name like “I drink therefore I am,” Bibo Ergo Sum’s award-winning cocktails are perfect to sip during your date night conversation. The knowledgeable bar staff will make you a quality concoction with the modern yet nostalgic décor bringing an added touch of sophistication to the space.

 

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The Hudson

If you haven’t been to The Hudson, you’ve surely driven by with its prime location in the heart of West Hollywood. The nonchalant wooden building is home to a grub-worthy food menu along with a selection of microbrew beers that give you and your sweetheart plenty of options for a buzz.

 

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Melrose Station

You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find this sophisticated hidden gem tucked in the back of a hookah bar in West Hollywood. You’re sure to impress your date as the doorman walks you through a secret entrance to the marbled, contemporary space featuring a menu of innovative cocktails.

 

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The Walker Inn

Make a reservation for a special night out at this Koreatown hot spot concealed inside of The Normandie Club. The attention to detail in the space is unmatched with their one-of-a-kind, smokey and mysterious drinks helping you cozy up in this award-winning lounge.

 

Photo: The Walker Inn

40 Love

If you’re split between staying in to watch the game or taking your date out for the night, get the best of both worlds by visiting West Hollywood’s 40 Love. Their elegant take on a sports lounge means you’ll get to enjoy a chic night out with your date all while cheering on your favorite team.

 

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Here and Now

The perfect place to break the ice on a first date in the Downtown Arts District, Here and Now’s welcoming environment is sure to calm any first date nerves along with sipping from their menu of LA-inspired craft cocktails.

 

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The Wellesbourne

You’ll be instantly transported to the study of a 19th Century English home when you enter into The Wellesbourne in West LA. Cuddle up by the fireplace with the surrounding walls of books and authentic English décor putting you in the mood for date night.

 

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Know Where Bar

An unsuspecting East Hollywood hideaway, you’ll step into Know Where Bar and feel right at home with their inviting tropical, retro design. Duck in from the night’s weather and settle into the bar where you’ll find a menu of cocktails worth tasting.

 

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The Nice Guy

Known for its “no photos” policy that attracts a clientele of high profile guests, you’ll be able to connect with your sweetheart uninterrupted when you make a reservation at The Nice Guy. Their American dining menu provides some comfort food to balance out the refined design.

 

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In Sheeps Clothing

As the mysterious title suggests, you’d never suspect this lounge existed due to its unassuming entrance tucked inside of a pizza place Downtown. Drop by with a music-loving date as the space is focused on the sounds emitting from the record player behind the bar. Keep your voices down in this cool, vintage spot that’s sure to bring music to your ears.

 

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Black Rabbit Rose

Add a spark to your date by watching one of Black Rabbit Rose’s magic shows in the intimate, 1930s-inspired theater space. You’ll be concealed in the darkness of the audience as you watch performers on stage, or can also grab a craft cocktail in the softly-lit adjoining lounge.

 

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The Varnish

Head to the back of the historic Cole’s French Dip in Downtown LA to find The Varnish hiding behind the door of an old storage closet. This classic speakeasy-style hideaway is perfect for an cozy, rendezvous over drinks.

 

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El Carmen

If you’ve got a taste for tacos and tequila, El Carmen has both along with a cozy atmosphere for sparks to fly. Choose from their unique variety of margarita flavors as you lean into your date over a shared taste of their signature plates.

 

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Catch the Game at Los Angeles’ Best Sports Bars

There’s no better place to watch the big game than in a room full of fans cheering on your team. Los Angeles may not be known as a sports town, but fans from all over know just where to go for beer, bites, and an entertaining game. While some might enjoy more divey options, head to any of these spots for a refined sports bar experience during your stay in LA.

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40 Love

The newest player in West Hollywood’s selection of sports bars is h.wood group’s 40 Love. The country club-inspired lounge is filled with TVs for you to catch a game while enjoying a more upscale experience. The outdoor greenery mixed with elevated bar food creates the perfect environment for entertainment.

 

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The Parlor

A staple on Melrose, the indoor/outdoor space at The Parlor helps to redefine the sports bar experience through mixing comfort food with a classic design. With more than 50 TVs for you to tune into, your team is sure to be playing in the chic West Hollywood spot.

 

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Beelmans

This unique Downtown eatery is a great place to catch the game, especially if you’re a fan of a plant-based meal. Their meatless menu will have you doing a double take as dishes provide a delicious alternative to classic bar food. There are also plenty of beers on tap to keep you buzzing as the big game plays on their mounted screens.

 

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The Nickel Mine

Duck into this spacious spot if you’re in the mood for beer, sports, and delicious pizza. This neighborhood spot has everything you’ll need to enjoy yourself, including a private event space if you want to invite some friends. Whether it’s for happy hour or a late-night outing, you can’t go wrong at this Santa Monica destination.

 

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Thunderbird

Head over to Thunderbird to experience the Southwest right in the middle of West LA. The deserts of Tucson inspired the décor while Tex-Mex bites fill the menu at this Santa Monica destination. Watch the big game while sipping a beer or choose from one of their innovative signature cocktails to quench your thirst.

 

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Mohawk Bend

You won’t be able to resist a pizza from this Silver Lake locale that serves up tasty dishes that are sure to complement your night out. A projection screen shows sporting events while plenty of beers on tap give you all the options you need to stay buzzing throughout the night.

 

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Caseys Irish Pub

This classic Downtown watering hole is perfect for both watching games and playing them. Show off your amateur ski ball, ping pong and foosball skills while watching the professionals on one their many screens. Whiskey is always a good choice in the Irish-inspired pub, or grab a beer to toast to your favorite team.

 

Photo: Casey’s Irish Pub

Imperial Western

If you’re ever killing time at Union Station, head into the newly revamped Imperial Western brewery to catch a game while enjoying some of their craft beers freshly brewed onsite. Grab a spot at the bar for a front row seat to the TV while snacking from a menu of burgers, tacos, and seafood.

 

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10 of Los Angeles’ Best Bar Programs

Los Angeles is known for its innovative bar scene thanks to the many talented bartenders who are experts at creating unique concoctions with their own personal spin. Some of the best in the business work their magic at many of LA’s favorite bars leaving guests with plenty of new and exciting flavors to sip. Visit these hot spots and you’ll be in for a treat as you get to experience some of the city’s best cocktail programs.

 

Harvard & Stone

Harvard & Stone has established itself as an industry favorite through continuously staying ahead of the game with a daily evolving R&D menu. Guest bartenders visiting from across the country often stop in for a shift to show their stuff at the vintage-inspired East Hollywood hot spot.

 

Photo: Harvard & Stone – Tequila Grapefruit Mule / Lizzie Munro

Melrose Umbrella Co.

This West Hollywood staple has made a name for itself through offering up quality cocktails in the prohibition-style space. A go-to neighborhood spot for locals and industry folk, Melrose Umbrella Co. delivers unique drinks made by some of the best bartenders in the city.

 

Photo: Melrose Umbrella Co. – Whiskey Cocktail

The Varnish

Hidden in a renovated storage room at the back of historical Downtown eatery Cole’s, The Varnish is a speakeasy worth visiting. The dimly lit private space is home to a classic menu of carefully crafted cocktails that have made the award-winning bar program one to remember.

 

Photo: The Varnish / Dylan + Jeni

A.O.C.

A refreshing night out can be spent at Beverly Grove’s favorite wine bar, A.O.C. The James Beard award-winning owners boast a wine program that pairs delicious bottles with seasonal small plates. The welcoming patio space makes for a great destination for lunch or dinner when you’re on the hunt for an indulgent glass of wine.

 

Photo: A.O.C. Pandora / Daniel Krieger

The NoMad Hotel

This notable brand expanded to Los Angeles’ Downtown neighborhood taking its highly-regarded cocktail reputation with it. Within the hotel’s Gianni Bar, guests are able to taste signature drinks and classic cocktails crafted by an award-winning team.

 

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The Walker Inn

Make a reservation at The Walker Inn for a private experience tucked away inside of The Normandie Club in Koreatown. The attention to detail is easy to see with their well thought out drinks and an air of mystique that will keep you coming back to the chic hideaway.

 

Photo: The Walker Inn / Anne Fishbein

Employees Only

The Los Angeles version of its world-famous NYC counterpart, Employees Only has established itself as a West Hollywood power player through using local ingredients to set off the flavors of your favorite liquors. Duck into their hidden back room, Henry’s Room, and order the bartender’s choice for a more elegant and intimate experience.

 

Photo: Employees Only – The Infinity Cocktail

Everson Royce Bar

This Downtown Arts District locale unites a ‘mix and mingle’ atmosphere with an innovative cocktail program, resulting in a go-to neighborhood favorite that anyone can enjoy. Not only do the drinks impress, but the dining menu is known for its mouth-watering take on thoughtful bar food.

 

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Big Bar

One of the best neighborhood bars in the city, Los Feliz’ Big Bar inside of Alcove Café & Bakery is known for inventive cocktails with an attention to detail. Holidays and events are a big draw for guests as Big Bar’s affinity for custom made menus keeps things fresh for regulars.

 

Photo: Big Bar – Red Panda / Caroline Pardilla

The Spare Room

This one-of-a-kind haunt on the mezzanine level of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is known not only for its charming vintage bowling alley, but also the menu of classic cocktails. The inviting drinks are great for big groups ready to show off their bowling skills in the renowned hot spot.

 

Photo: The Spare Room – Sunset Patrol Cocktail

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10 of the Best Lounges in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known for being a city filled with lively places to enjoy a night out on the town. From unique bars to energetic nightclubs, there’s something for everyone no matter your ideal style of revelry. For those who prefer a lounge to sip cocktails in an intimate setting, these are some of the best in the city to duck into for an intimate night out.

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Sunset & Vinyl

Hidden away above an 800 Degrees Pizza, Sunset & Vinyl’s vintage feels makes it a great destination for a cozy drink with close friends. The rotating soundtrack of old school hits coming through their record player gets you in a nostalgic mood while the shabby chic décor will make you feel right at home.

 

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Warwick

This Hollywood staple caters to guests who appreciate a destination for good music and partying the night away. While the main level is home to a bustling crowd, head to the upstairs lounge to enjoy a more intimate experience overlooking the lively scene below.

 

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Photo: Warwick LA

Bibo Ergo Sum

If you’re looking for a date night spot in Beverly Hills, consider stopping by Bibo Ergo Sum. Translating to “I drink, therefore I am,” this stylish lounge is perfect for having a good drink and a quality conversation. The modern décor and seating creates and environment for lounging that is sure to impress.

 

Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum

Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum/Dylan + Jeni

Mama Lion

Experience this Koreatown hot spot for drinks, dancing and a great night out on the town. The bright and contemporary furnishings mixed with elegant décor create an inviting feel for you to settle in with a group of friends. Stop by on a weekend night when live DJs bring a party atmosphere to the welcoming space.

 

Photo: Mama Lion

Photo: Mama Lion

Employees Only

This Sunset Boulevard hot spot takes after its NYC counterpart with craft cocktails and a speakeasy style. The menu of delicious bites pairs perfectly with the quality drinks as you take some time to relax in the polished, West Hollywood space.

 

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Photo: Employees Only LA

Harriets Rooftop

This new hot spot on the rooftop of the 1 Hotel is sure to give you an elegant experience with panoramic views of Los Angeles. Enjoy the handcrafted drinks or the delicious dining menu while mixing and mingling with the fashion forward, West Hollywood crowd.

 

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

The Mermaid

Head to Little Tokyo to enjoy this new addition to the cocktail lounge scene. The nautical-themed space mixes simplicity and style with a selection of wines from all over the world. Stop in for date night or bring a small group to catch up over quality drinks.

 

Photo: Mermaid Bar / Stephanie Breijo

Photo: Mermaid Bar

The Peppermint Club

Music lovers will have a ball at this sleek, West Hollywood lounge that features live music performances of local artists. Make a reservation for a seat to enjoy the melodies from talented musicians while you sip a cocktail creation in the modern, 60s-inspired space.

 

Photo: The Peppermint Club

Photo: The Peppermint Club

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20 of the Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

Putting together an event involves a number of decisions that each lead to creating a memorable experience. The space you choose to host your gathering can make all the difference in making a good impression on your guests. Whether it’s a holiday party with colleagues or an anniversary celebration with family, Los Angeles offers up a variety of beautiful spaces to set the scene for your special day.

 

Madame Siam

The newest to join the Houston Hospitality family, Madame Siam has plenty of space for dancing, drinking and enjoying the whimsical circus-themed décor. Carnival games and a house psychic are just a few of the draws for people to come see the sideshow.

 

Photo: Madame Siam

Photo: Madame Siam

Warwick

Large scale parties work great in Warwick’s lavish setting complete with a wrap-around bar and upstairs enclosed glass balcony. The upscale decor makes an impact as your guests will have free-range to mix and mingle in the attractive environment.

 

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Photo: Warwick LA

Norah

Whether you’re aiming for a full buyout or a semi-private space, Norah offers up a sleek, contemporary atmosphere that is sure to impress your guests. Their eclectic menu of American cuisine delivers flavorful dining for any size group.

 

Photo: Norah West Hollywood

Photo: Norah West Hollywood

Avenue

This Hollywood nightclub plays host to numerous events throughout the year due to its diversity of spaces including an indoor bar, main room and atrium garden. The seamless space with state-of-the-art equipment will make your event a night to remember.

 

Photo: Avenue LA

Photo: Avenue LA

Delilah

The vintage style of h. Wood Group’s Delilah makes for a perfectly elegant celebration in the dimly lit space where you can toast to the good life. The venue boasts burlesque shows with talented dancers that are sure to keep your guests entertained.

 

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Photo: Delilah LA

Barbette

Bring in your loved ones to reserve Barbette’s garden room or dining room at this modern, West Hollywood French Bistro. The stylistic decor with a rustic feel will create a chic environment for your gathering.

 

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Photo: Barbette

DAMA

The Latin-inspired cuisine mixed with the kitschy tropical interior makes DAMA a great place for an energetic celebration. The sophisticated setting with indoor and outdoor space will give you plenty of options to make your event worthwhile.

 

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Photo: DAMA Los Angeles

Mr. C. Beverly Hills

Timeless glamour is the main attraction at this elegant hotel perfect for tying the knot with a luxurious backdrop. The 360-degree views of Beverly Hills will put the right touch on your special day.

 

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Photo: Mr. C Beverly Hills

Katsuya Hollywood

Katsuya’s intimate dining room makes for a great place to celebrate in privacy, while also being suitable for large-scale events for as many as 400 guests. Their event team and award-winning catering takes your special event to the next level.

 

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Photo: Katsuya Hollywood

Perch

This sky-high destination is the perfect backdrop for baby showers, engagement parties and everything in between with their unmatched views of Downtown Los Angeles. The multiple floors available in the building that can accommodate up to 250 guests allow for events of any size.

 

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Photo: Perch LA

Lono

Embrace the tiki spirit when you host your event at tropical hot spot Lono—an expansive and detailed space with a surprising size given its Hollywood Boulevard location. The sky’s the limit when you choose their quality cocktails and welcoming environment.

 

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Photo: Lono Hollywood

The Highlight Room

Take the elevator to the top of the Dream Hotel for an event at The Highlight Room, where their outdoor space and indoor lounge both offer up a picturesque view of Hollywood. Their swimming pool makes for a great touch on summer events and can be covered to provide a dancefloor.

 

Photo: The Highlight Room

Photo: The Highlight Room

E.P. & L.P

The view of West Hollywood can be seen for miles from the rooftop bar at EP & LP—a great place for a full buyout on the patio or a partial buyout at their event space Frankie’s Private Bar. The EP restaurant has an open floor plan for large group celebrations or smaller gatherings with friends and family.

 

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Photo: EP & LP

Catch

Let your guests experience Catch’s garden-inspired atmosphere for seated dinners, cocktail events and everything in between. The trendy West Hollywood rooftop spot makes for the perfect backdrop to your celebration.

 

Photo: Catch LA

Photo: Catch LA

Goya Studios

If creativity and attention to detail are needed, Goya Studios is the place for your event to succeed offering up all the necessary lighting, sound and visual technology you’ll need to impress your guests.

 

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Photo: Stage B Goya Studios

The Bungalow Santa Monica

Watching the sun set over the ocean is the perfect way to celebrate by booking one of The Bungalow’s many indoor and outdoor options for private spaces.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

The Spare Room

Host an event at The Spare Room and let the games begin as their multiple bowling lanes are sure to bring out the best in your guests.

 

Photo: The Spare Room Hollywood

Photo: The Spare Room Hollywood

Ricks

This poolside bar at Downtown’s Hotel Figueroa is an eclectic setting for your group to enjoy—their rooftop makes for the perfect intimate space for a gathering under the stars.

 

Photo: Rick’s at Hotel Figueroa

Photo: Rick’s at Hotel Figueroa

Doheny Room

Doheny Room makes for a great event destination with an upstairs escape perfect for mixing and mingling and a downstairs level to toast drinks over dinner.

 

Photo: Doheny Room

Photo: Doheny Room

Seven Grand

This Downtown Whiskey bar brings a sophisticated element to any event along with a quality drink list that will make your special day one-of-a-kind.

 

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Photo: Seven Grand Los Angeles

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in LA

21st birthdays are a rite of passage for young people ready to explore the variety of fun venues Los Angeles has to offer. With such an exciting celebration to plan, narrowing down the right places to go can be difficult when checking out venues beforehand may not be an option. Coming up with a creative 21st birthday idea for yourself or your loved one can make all the difference in kicking off the year to a lively start.

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Activities

A newfound taste for wine is sure to develop after a 21st birthday visit to the Tasting Room at Malibu Wines. The rustic destination will let you and your group try out their variety of selections along with enjoying live music and events on the weekend. For a more adrenaline-fueled birthday event, Exotics Racing lets you experience some of the fastest cars on the planet at their private speedway. Sit in with a professional driver during a drifting thrill ride or take the wheel yourself for a high-octane escape. If laid back fun is more of your b-day style, book a lane at the trendy Highland Park Bowl for beers with friends, or reserve a karaoke room with bottle service at the speakeasy destination Break Room 86.

 

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Photo: Break Room 86 – Karaoke Room

Photo: Exotics Racing

Dining

A chic 21st birthday dinner can create the best memories and in Los Angeles, you can choose from any of the thriving selection of hot spots to make the moment special. Dine at Catch for a beautiful rooftop location with a stylish crowd to match. For an intimate hideaway, reserve a table at Delilah in their vintage-inspired setting fit with burlesque dancers and the occasional live jazz performance. If the West side is more your speed, head to rooftop spot Elephante to take in the sunset while enjoying the Californian and Southern Italian menu of delicious eats.

 

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Photo: Elephante Santa Monica

Photo: Delilah LA

Day Partying

Sometimes celebrating during the day is the answer, and LA’s unbeatable weather will ensure a perfect 21st birthday atmosphere. Head to EP & LP and book Frankie’s Private Bar to ring in the day with all your closest friends, or lounge at their open seating patio for a casual toast under the sun. Santa Monica’s neighborhood favorite The Bungalow is a great destination for a birthday with plenty of tables to reserve for your special day. The colorful Hollywood rooftop spot Mama Shelter also makes for an Instagram-worthy celebration, or book a poolside room at The Roosevelt Hotel to have a prime location at their weekend pool parties without even leaving your hotel.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: EP & LP

Photo: Mama Shelter

Nightclubs

The best part of any 21st birthday is showing your newly legal ID at the hottest nightclubs in town. Warwick is a go to for a birthday bash with their large space and extravagant décor creating the perfect backdrop to your night. Try out Avenue and experience their modern indoor space connected to a vibrant atrium garden. One of the most exclusive spots in the city is the A-list favorite Poppy, boasting DJs and world-renowned musical performances in the whimsical setting.

 

Photo: Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Avenue LA

Photo: Poppy LA

Bars & Speakeasies

Gathering with friends at a bar is a great way to have a 21st birthday with a little something for everyone. The most recent Houston Hospitality venue Madame Siam will have you dancing the night away in their energetic circus-themed space. Silver Lake’s Tenants of the Trees is also a prime option for laid back dancing with their hip hop room and main room blasting a mix of throwback selections. For those who prefer games over a dance floor, Casey’s Irish Pub lets you try their Irish whiskey and beer selections while practicing your skills in skee ball, ping pong, pool and plenty more.

 

Photo: Madame Siam

Photo: Tenants of the Trees

Photo: Casey’s Irish Pub

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Photo: Highland Park Bowl

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Photo: Madame Siam

 

10 of the Best Cocktail Bars in Downtown Los Angeles

People from all over the world are drawn to the bustling hub of Downtown Los Angeles for events at the Convention Center, Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and more. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, there are plenty of places to relax and grab a drink while you explore the vibrant neighborhood. Get a taste of the city as you join colleagues and friends to imbibe at these Downtown LA bars and lounges.

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Seven Grand

Whiskey fans unite at this sophisticated lounge that offers up an extensive collection of quality spirits. You can also make a reservation at their speakeasy, Bar Jackalope, to rev up your night and have a truly memorable experience.

 

Photo: Seven Grand

The Varnish

If you’re looking for somewhere private and intimate, the Varnish is there to impress as its speakeasy-style location inside of Cole’s French Dip allows you to duck in unseen. Talented bartenders will make you the perfect concoction for your mood in the dimly lit space.

 

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Library Bar

While you may not have expected reading to be a part of your night out, Library Bar has a wall of books ready for you to browse while you sip their classic cocktails. The cozy layout and weekend DJ makes for a great place to mix and mingle with the locals.

 

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The Rooftop at The Standard Hotel

One of the trendiest bars in the neighborhood, The Standard’s rooftop is a place to swim, drink and play. The stylish bar often features a live DJ to set the mood as partygoers mix and mingle with the lively crowd.

 

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71 Above

Ascend to the 71st floor to see an unparalleled view of the Los Angeles skyline. The panoramic perspective will take your breath away along with delicious cocktails at their reserved Sky Lounge escape.

 

Photo: 71 Above

Broken Shaker

Sitting atop the Freehand Hotel, Broken Shaker is the perfect to take in the breezy downtown weather. Take a splash in the pool during their daytime events or lounge poolside at night for a view of the stars.

 

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Broadway Bar

The elegant design of this multi-level lounge makes for the perfect place to sip their creative cocktails. Located in the historic Theater District, you can choose between the bar, the mezzanine, or smoking patio to toast drinks right next door to Downtown’s iconic Orpheum Theater.

 

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Perch

This Los Angeles favorite offers up delicious dining along with a rooftop bar for you to view the spectacular city skyline. Head there on a weekend night to socialize with the mixed crowd over your bird’s eye view.

 

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Everson Royce Bar

This award-winning watering hole brings a spacious outdoor patio to the Arts District. The satisfying cocktails complement the vibe with twinkling lights and wooden accents welcoming you to the space.

 

Photo: Everson Royce Bar

Golden Gopher

With one of the oldest liquor licenses in Los Angeles, Golden Gopher is a veteran in the scene with a chic bar and tucked away outdoor patio. They also boast a to-go liquor window if you’re planning to bring the party back to your hotel.

 

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