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14 Valentines Day Dinners in LA

While Angelenos often love to explore their city for new restaurants, nightlife, and activities to do in their free time, Valentine’s Day isn’t just any other day in LA. Love is in the air and people throughout the city will be on the hunt for the best destination to impress their significant other. If you’re looking to create the perfect experience for someone special, reservations are quickly disappearing for these hot Valentines Day dinners in LA are great spots to cozy up to your date this February 14th.

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Delilah

One of h. wood Group’s favored venues is this chic lounge and restaurant with a sleek aesthetic that will add a touch of nostalgia to your night out. Popular with A-listers, it’s sure to draw in LA’s’ finest for an intimate evening of vintage vibes and specialty spirits.

 

Photo: Delilah Los Angeles

Photo: Delilah Los Angeles

TAO Los Angeles

For a hot spot to see and be seen, TAO in Hollywood may be the perfect place for you to show off your date in the massive, Asian-fusion restaurant. Take date night to the next level with artful design, chic furnishings and a grandiose atmosphere. With a regular menu full of appetizing plates, and a selection of one-night-only specials, there will be plenty of ways to make your dinner experience exceptional.

 

Photo: TAO Los Angeles

Photo: TAO Los Angeles

Margot

The indoor-outdoor layout at Margot gives you the best of both worlds when you’re cozying up to your Valentine’s Day date. The panoramic views from the rooftop complement the menu of coastal Mediterranean cuisine. Love will be in the air in this romantic, modern spot ideal for a sumptuous Valentine’s Day dinner.

 

Photo: Schoos Design – Margot Culver City

Photo: Margot Los Angeles

BOA

A quality cut might just be the way to your valentine’s heart if you decide to dine at BOA Steakhouse. Their West Hollywood and Santa Monica locations both offer a sleek, contemporary design along with an appetizing variety of dishes to set the mood for your romantic night out.

 

Photo: BOA Sunset – Innovative Dining Group

Photo: BOA Steakhouse

Nobu Malibu

You can never go wrong with an ocean view at this classic Malibu eatery. Whether you’re dining at the chef’s table or lounging on the patio, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to cuddle up next to your sweetheart as you enjoy Chef Nobu’s delectable dishes.

 

Photo: Nobu Malibu

Photo: Nobu Malibu

Norah

If you’re planning on a WeHo outing, you can take a seat in Norah’s marble-accented dining room to surround yourself with the bold, modern décor. Their seasonal drinks and dishes will keep your dinner experience fresh whether you’re a regular or a first-time diner.

 

Photo: Norah

Photo: Norah

Photo: Norah Los Angeles

Tesse

Head to West Hollywood to dine at Tesse, a French restaurant offering up thoughtful plates paired with exclusive wines. From refreshing salads to delectable desserts, Tesse brings flavor to your night in an approachable, modern setting. Expertly-designed craft cocktails will also hit the spot for a way to add a buzz of flavor to your Valentines Day outing.

 

Photo: Tesse Los Angeles

Photo: Tesse Los Angeles

Openaire

The greenhouse feel to this Koreatown restaurant located in The Line Hotel will give you a scenic backdrop with a view of the stars. Join your loved one poolside for a bite of their refreshing menu of seasonal, California ingredients prepared by Michelin starred-chefs. The indoor-outdoor space will create the perfect mood for a charming night.

 

Photo: Openaire Los Angeles

Photo: Openaire Los Angeles

Elephante

Take in a sparkling ocean view from one of Santa Monica’s hottest rooftop destinations. Elephante is known as a trendy place to dine among airy, African-inspired decor and toast to their deliciously fragrant cocktails. Join your partner and cozy up in the attractive, indoor-outdoor environment.

 

Photo: Elephante Beach House Santa Monica

Photo: Elephante Beach House Santa Monica

Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Doubling as a dining destination and nightlife hotspot, you’ll have the best of both worlds if Hyde is your Valentine’s day choice. The iconic Sunset strip will be your backdrop as you sip craft cocktails with your beau, tucked away in the trendy, open-air venue.

 

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Toca Madera

For those looking to spice up their night with a DJ bumping a catchy playlist over tasty Mexican cuisine, Toca Madera may be just the spot. With sexy decor perfect for whispering sweet nothings, a Valentine’s date is sure to be impressed as their ambiance lures in Beverly Hills partygoers.

 

Photo: Toca Madera

Photo: Toca Madera

Photo: Toca Madera

71 Above

With unmatched, panoramic views of Los Angeles, you’ll dine in the clouds at 71Above, one of Downtown LA’s tallest buildings. You can do no wrong with their eclectic tasting menu and mouth-watering cocktails as you and your sweetheart share a romantic evening among the stars.

 

Photo: 71 Above

Photo: 71 Above

Photo: 71 Above

Otium

Take advantage of Downtown’s Grand Avenue by dining at modern classic Otium. Their woodfired cuisine of shared plates is sure to impress along with wine pairings and a signature cocktail list to toast to a romantic evening.

 

Photo: Otium

Photo: Otium

Photo: Otium Los Angeles

Gwen

Known for its in-house butcher shop, love won’t be your only carnal desire for the evening as Gwen also serves up elegant feasts in their contemporary, luxurious dining room. Their focus on local farms and natural ingredients will keep you coming back for the refreshing culinary experience.

 

Photo: Gwen

Photo: Gwen

Photo: Gwen Los Angeles

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in NYC

The City that Never Sleeps is the perfect description of a destination fit for a 21st birthday. New York City is packed with adventure with trendy hotels, inviting restaurants and unparalleled nightlife that will turn your birthday plans into the trip of a lifetime. Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy the best venues when you spend your 21st birthday in NYC at these cool, party-ready destinations.

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Book Your Hotel Room

Reserve a room for you and your friends to indulge in the high life at a luxury hotel with a dazzling view for your NYC 21st birthday. The Dream Hotel will be your playground with a stylish design and vibrant social scene to match the trendy rooms with portholes looking out onto the city. An expansive view of the Manhattan skyline will be the backdrop to your vacation when you stay at 1Hotel Brooklyn, known for its signature organic feel. A former clock tower, the Times Square EDITION places you right in the middle of the hustle and bustle while offering a lavish retreat into birthday pampering. The Sixty LES is filled with eye-catching design including a Warhol filmstrip pool, a lush rooftop hot spot Make Believe, and crisp room stylings that are sure to impress.

 

Photo: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Photo: Times Square EDITION

Photo: Sixty LES Hotel

Birthday Experiences

There is an endless amount of activities worth exploring in New York City, and your 21st birthday getaway will be the perfect time to explore each nook and cranny of the vivacious metropolis. See the entirety of Manhattan from a bird’s eye view with a helicopter tour over the island. NYC is known worldwide for its Broadway performances, with a variety of plays to choose from each week bringing supremely talented actors to the stage. You can also take in some entertainment by seeing an intimate music performance at Gramercy Theater or Irving Plaza, or joining a sea of sports fans at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden. Take in a spirited experience at SPiN, a ping pong social club, or head to Magic Hour rooftop bar for a game of their mini golf at Foreplay.

 

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Photo: Madison Square Garden

Photo: Magic Hour

Dine at the Best Restaurants

Celebrate the kickoff to your 21st birthday in New York City with a reservation at some of the hottest havens for lively dining. The world-renowned Tao has an awe-inspiring design with an expansive layout filled with Chinese accents. Vandal’s graffiti artwork creates a vibrant backdrop to a menu of global creations, and boasts a matching nightclub for post-dinner partying. The same goes for LAVO, with their Italian menu offering flavorful eats before heading to the underground club. The attractive nightspot Catch is known for its crowd of socialites who dine at the seafood restaurant before hitting the town for a night out. 

 

Photo: TAO Downtown NYC

Photo: LAVO NYC Restaurant

Photo: Catch NYC

Day Partying

New York City may not have as much sunshine as Los Angeles, but it does still come out on top for the sheer amount of quality rooftop bars to sip a drink on your 21st birthday with a view of the skyline. Mr. Purple is one of the city’s favorites at the top of Hotel Indigo with a lively social scene and a stylish atmosphere. Head to Le Bain in the Meatpacking District for an unparalleled penthouse view with quirky, artistic interiors and plenty of seating. If you get a room at the Dream Hotel, you’ll have the perk of being just below the luxurious PH-D Rooftop Lounge, a spot with a youthful crowd that embraces the day drinking lifestyle. Westlight is also an attractive daytime destination for Brooklyn, where you can watch the sunset while enjoying the start to your evening on the expansive rooftop.

 

Photo: Mr. Purple at The Hotel Indigo

Photo: Le Bain, Standard High Line

Photo: Westlight at The William Vale Hotel

Bars & Lounges

Start your NYC 21st birthday night with your first drink at one of the city’s many bars and lounges offering sophisticated places to imbibe. Learn what an expertly-crafted cocktail tastes like at The Nomad Bar, an industry favorite with an award-winning bar program. The 360-degree view at Fleur Room makes for the perfect backdrop for a 21st birthday photoshoot at the top of the Moxy Chelsea. Head to the speakeasy Blind Barber to enter through a barbershop and dance with the crowd in this lively bar. Head to the exclusive bar at the Jane Hotel Ballroom to be entertained by the mix of vintage decor and a dancey crowd. Bathtub Gin is known for its speakeasy vibe and iconic bathtub in the middle of the room, while you’ll be partying in a hair salon when you visit the historic Beauty Bar.

 

Photo: The Nomad Bar

Photo: Fleur Room

Photo: Bathtub Gin

Party at the Best Nightclubs

Enjoying your first nightclub experience is a must, with New York City being the site of some of the world’s best nightlife destinations. Book 21st birthday bottle service at 1OAK to experience a buzzworthy night at one of the most exclusive hot spots in the city. Avenue can also be the site of a lively 21st birthday in the multi-level space with a celebrity clientele. Party the night away at Up&Down in a flashy domain with plenty of live performances by internationally-known artists. Take things up a notch by visiting House of Yes, a cabaret-inspired nightlife spot known for entertaining dancers and vibrant performances in Brooklyn. You’ll also have the experience of a lifetime at Marquee, a haven with sky-high ceilings, entertaining musical guests and a bold design.

 

Photo: 1OAK NYC

Photo: Up & Down

Photo: Marquee NYC

 

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Top 10 Hottest Miami Nightlife Destinations

Trips to Miami are usually filled with plenty of sun, sand and revelry with the city being known for its party culture. Celebrities and locals alike venture to Miami’s world-renowned nightclubs to experience the legendary community of celebration. If you’re looking to stop into some of the best clubs in Miami, these Miami nightlife destinations are sure to impress with luxury, entertainment and cocktails abound.

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E11EVEN

You’ll have a sultry experience at E11EVEN–a Park West go-to for music, dancing and seductive performances from scantily clad dancers and aerialists. The expansive megaclub offers multi-level dance floors along with a spacious stage where DJs keep the energy alive. The multiple Champagne rooms and rooftop restaurant create a well-rounded night out at this buzzworthy enclave.

 

Photo: E11EVEN

Photo: E11EVEN

Rockwell Miami

A departure from the average Miami nightclub, Rockwell Miami creates an atmosphere of pure energy with a clientele of A-listers, athletes and Miami socialites. The intimate, upscale club offers a hip hop playlist with a bustling crowd of partygoers ready to celebrate.

 

Photo: Rockwell Miami

Photo: Rockwell Miami

Hyde Beach

Legendary nightlife brand Hyde Beach has its South Beach outpost at the SLS hotel, with an unstoppable dayclub energy complete with sand and sun. A dazzling swimming pool sits in the heart of the indoor-outdoor, beachside venue. Sip a signature cocktail and nibble on the menu of Katsuya dishes at one of the best clubs in Miami.

 

Photo: Hyde Beach -Miami Music Week

Photo: SLS Hyde Beach Miami

LIV

One of the most famous nightclubs in Miami, LIV Nightclub at the Fontainebleau Hotel draws in a trendy, exclusive crowd to experience the massive nightlife space. Glamor and luxury combine with EDM and hip hop to bring forth a one-of-a-kind Miami nightclub experience. Laser light shows, blasts of smoke and confetti rain are a guarantee underneath LIV’s dome habitat.

 

Photo: LIV Miami

Photo: LIV Miami

Story Nightclub

For those who like the vibe at LIV, Story Nightclub acts as its sister location with a bold design and approachable atmosphere. The spacious dance floor draws guests to party all night among the neon lights and luxe decor. Big-name DJs and hip hop artists play live in an environment built for revelry.

 

Photo: Story

Photo: Story

Basement

This photo-worthy hot spot has something for everyone with dozens of guests lining up each night for their turn to enjoy the inviting space. Complete with live dancers, a bowling alley and an illuminated ice skating rink, this Miami Beach playground is one of the most unique nightclubs in the city, located at The Miami Beach Edition hotel.

 

Photo: Basement Miami – Miami Nightlife Destinations

Photo: Basement Miami

Treehouse

This Miami nightclub may be more laid back than its competition, but it attracts just as lively an audience who flock to dance to house and techno music in an inviting setting. The indoor-outdoor dance club is great for any guest looking to take their Miami nightlife experience to the next level.

 

Photo: Treehouse Miami – Miami Nightlife Destinations

Photo: Treehouse Miami

Club Space

One of the best nightclubs in Miami, Downtown’s Club Space is well-known for its after hours schedule of partying. Sounds of house and techno last all night and into the morning, where guests receive a complimentary cafecito to enjoy as the sun rises over the terrace.

 

Photo: Club Space Miami – Miami Nightlife Destinations

Photo: Club Space Miami

Floyd

Located on the first floor of Club Space, Floyd is a more small-scale nightlife destination with an intimate feel yet still bustling energy. The cocktail bar vibe is complemented by live DJ sets where guests dance and toast to a trendy Miami night Downtown.

 

Photo: Floyd Miami – Miami Nightlife Destinations

Photo: Floyd Miami

Do Not Sit on the Furniture

Fans of house music flock to Do Not Sit on the Furniture for a signature Miami club experience. The natural, bohemian accents mix with walls lined with gold cassettes and a disco ball shark to create a Burning Man-inspired haven with an underground feel. Start your night off with yoga and meditation and end it on the dance floor in this dimly lit, Miami go-to.

 

Photo: Do Not Sit on the Furniture Miami – Miami Nightlife Destinations

Photo: Do Not Sit on the Furniture Miami

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The Hottest New Years Eve Parties

With 2019 coming to an end, many are making plans to celebrate the year’s last hours by partying the night away. New Year’s Eve bashes are a holiday tradition, but choosing the right one to attend can be a tough decision.  From Los Angeles to New York City, there are a sea of celebrations occurring in cities across America, each with their own unique atmosphere. These picks for the best New Years Eve parties in the U.S. will have you ringing in the New Year in style.

Los Angeles

For a New Year’s Eve at a loungey hot spot, Los Angeles is a prime location to see and be seen as the clock strikes twelve. Places like 1OAK, Bootsy Bellows, and Avenue often offer a premium open bar with their entry. Last year’s celebration at Delilah was hosted by Drake with a star-studded guest list of people like Diddy and Chris Brown, while Hyde Sunset has thrown NYE masquerade parties with performances from artists like Mase and Party Next Door.

 

Photo: New Years Eve Parties – Los Angeles

Las Vegas

For the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience, Vegas is a hot destination that includes an endless night of partying hard. Attracting the best performers of the year, Sin City will be packed with music, dancing, and open bars at many of their NYE events. Plenty of guests will be heading to 1OAK to pop bottles with Lil’ Jon, and others are prepared to join Calvin Harris at Omnia. You can also take in the festivities at XS, where The Chainsmokers will be performing for a lively New Year’s Eve crowd. No matter where you end up, each spot has plenty to offer for a wild night to remember.

 

Photo: New Years Eve Parties – Las Vegas

Miami


If you’re aiming for a more beachy New Year’s Eve bash, Miami has numerous artists populating the city’s hottest nightclubs. Each year Fontainebleau hosts an unforgettable event that in past years has featured artists like Justin Bieber, Pharell and Lady Gaga. Hyde Beach has had New Year’s Eve parties with performances from Russell Simmons and Dada Life. Torey Lanez and Trey Songz have hosted events at Rockwell, or if you head to LIV, you can enjoy people like Skrillex, Migos or Travis Scott. You can also head to ORA which has seen an exciting NYE performance from Snoop Dogg.

 

Photo: New Years Eve Parties – Miami

New York

The city that never sleeps will surely be up all night at one of the many 2020 NYE celebrations throughout NYC. For those not watching the ball drop in Times Square, you can head to the rooftop of Catch to see the view of the city while you countdown. Nightclubs like Up&Down, Avenue, and Lavo will often feature an open bar to keep the party going. To enjoy some EDM, Kaskade will be taking the stage at Marquee to celebrate a night of revelry.

 

Photo: New Years Eve Parties – New York City

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The Best West Hollywood Clubs for a Night Out in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is well-known for its buzzworthy nightlife scene where partygoers mix and mingle in entertaining bars, alluring lounges and extravagant nightclubs. The hub of all Los Angeles nightlife is West Hollywood, where some of the most exclusive venues in the world play host to nightly celebrations filled with A-list crowds. With an ever-changing rank of the best clubs in West Hollywood, these hotspots are sure to impress during your next visit to Los Angeles’ most enjoyable neighborhood.

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Poppy

Fashion and fantasy collide at La Cienega Boulevard’s hotspot Poppy–a highly exclusive West Hollywood club known for its eccentric style and celebrity clientele. A garden atrium welcomes guests to exotic, floral patterns and lush foliage with a secluded, private bar reserved for high profile patrons. The library-themed main room has floor-to-ceiling bookcases surrounding the lively bottle service tables below.

 

Photo: Poppy LA

Photo: Poppy LA

Nightingale Plaza

Centrally-located on La Cienega Boulevard, Nightingale Plaza is an elegant habitat combining exotic decor with hi-tech modernity. Bright LED lighting and mirrored panels create an environment fit for partying with DJs and hip hop artists performing live in front of the dance floor each night. Bottle service tables with plush seating make for a prime place to lounge and toast drinks at one of the best clubs in West Hollywood.

 

Photo: Nightingale Plaza

Photo: Nightingale Plaza

Delilah

While Delilah may fall more into the category of a lounge, the lavish vibe at this top, West Hollywood go-to takes on a nightlife feel with burlesque dancers and live jazz performances impressing guests in an upscale, 1920s-inspired space. The “no photo” policy creates an intimate experience for dining, drinking and enjoying the night in the heart of the lively WeHo neighborhood.

 

Photo: Delilah LA

Photo: Delilah LA

1OAK Los Angeles

Similar to its New York City and Vegas locations, 1OAK takes the nightclub experience to new heights in its two-story West Hollywood nightclub. The clientele of high profile guests, socialites and influencers keeps this hotspot going with a rotating roster of hip hop artists performing live for excited clubgoers. Revel in the sophisticated locale on the dance floor or with bottle service to experience the best of West Hollywood in a luxurious setting.

 

Photo: 1OAK LA

Photo: 1OAK LA

Bootsy Bellows

Situated at the end of the Sunset Strip, Bootsy Bellows is a favorite as one of West Hollywood’s best nightclubs, known for its elegant, stylish decor. The space fits the theme of vintage Palm Springs with a pink and green color palette along with plush banquettes and chandeliers to create a chic mood. Partygoers are treated to live performances from world-renowned artists along with the venue’s signature tableside puppet shows for a whimsical night on the town.

 

Photo: Bootsy Bellows

Photo: Bootsy Bellows

The Abbey

With LA’s diversity offering something for everyone, WeHo is home to one of the most well-known LGBT nightclubs in the country. The Abbey holds its spot as one of the best gay clubs in West Hollywood as its continuous energy and nightly performances attract crowds of all types to experience the vivacious venue. Any guests in search of a good time are sure to enjoy The Abbey as one of the best dance clubs in West Hollywood.

 

Photo: Abbey West Hollywood

Photo: Abbey West Hollywood

The Peppermint Club

Music lovers come together to experience The Peppermint Club–a lively West Hollywood club and lounge with a ‘60s-inspired design that taps into the nostalgic, golden era of rock and roll. Weekday nights offer up entertaining live performances from up-and-coming artists while weekends take on a nightclub feel, with bottle service tables and DJs spinning to keep the party alive.

 

Photo: The Peppermint Club

Photo: The Peppermint Club

Hyde Sunset

A restaurant by day, Hyde Sunset lights up with energy as the sun sets, transitioning into an exclusive nightclub filled with the city’s finest partygoers. Its prime location on the Sunset Strip makes for a busy night with plates of California fare and signature cocktails in an enticing, stylish space. Bottle service tables fill with trendy crowds each night at this top West Hollywood nightlife destination.

 

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Blind Dragon

With more of a lounge feel than a classic nightclub, guests still take their nights to the next level thanks to Blind Dragon’s variety of private karaoke rooms in a sleek and sophisticated space. An exciting alternative to the average West Hollywood club, Blind Dragon provides an intimate atmosphere for groups to mingle with a live DJ in the main room to enhance the nightlife feel.

 

Photo: Blind Dragon LA

Photo: Blind Dragon – Karaoke Room

Doheny Room

This unexpected hotspot sits at the edge of Santa Monica Boulevard’s bustling bar scene, drawing both Beverly Hills and West Hollywood club crowds to experience the charming, dance club space. Doheny Room’s classic Hollywood decor, lush greenery and floor-to-ceiling windows create a setting fit for a chic dinner below, but head to the second level for a full dance floor and DJ. The room fills with energy as guests party through the night with bottle service among the art deco furnishings and modern portraits of pop culture icons.

 

Photo: Doheny Room

Photo: Doheny Room

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The Top 10 Best Hotel Bars in San Francisco

With new hotels opening left and right to accommodate San Francisco’s boom of business and vacation travelers, hotel bars are more popular than ever with excellent bar programs and luxurious spaces drawing in hotel guests and locals alike. Stop into these hotel bars in San Francisco to taste thoughtful, craft concoctions in a well-designed setting.

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Charmaines – Proper Hotel

A local favorite, the sophisticated feel of Charmaine’s draws in guests searching for a place to enjoy the night surrounding fire pits to keep warm. The indoor-outdoor venue sits at the top of the Proper Hotel overlooking Market Street and providing a quality view. Appetizers and deserts complement the menu of tasty cocktails from the quality bar program, creating lines down the street to enter the elegant, hotel bar venue.

 

Photo: Charmaine’s

Photo: Charmaine’s Proper San Francisco

Benjamin Cooper – Hotel G

This hidden hotel bar behind an inconspicuous door in Hotel G is staffed with talented bartenders who can create customized cocktails to please any palate. The Union Square den boasts a rotating drink menu along with a wine selection and fresh oysters to boot.

 

Photo: Benjamin Cooper – Eater

Photo: Benjamin Cooper

The Bar – Hotel Kabuki

This San Francisco hotel bar offers the best of Japanese cocktail culture with tea cocktails to sip while overlooking the hotel’s courtyard garden. The inviting lounge seating creates the perfect place to try out the variety of Japanese whiskies on the menu along with delicious highballs in the heart of Japantown.

 

Photo: The Bar San Francisco – Best Hotel Bars in San Francisco

Photo: The Bar San Francisco

Everdene – Virgin Hotels SF

One of the most recent additions to San Francisco’s hotel scene is Virgin Hotels SF, home to the trendy indoor-outdoor hotel bar Everdene. Views of the skyline attract a stylish crowd to mix and mingle in the garden-esque space. The long wait is worth it with thoughtful cocktails and bites from the hotel’s restaurant served up to guests admiring the unparalleled view.

 

Photo: Everdene Rooftop Bar

Photo: Everdene Rooftop Bar

Ayala – Hotel G

While Ayala is known for its restaurant menu, the bar program from James Beard-award nominee Julian Cox makes this hotel bar a favorite for industry patrons and locals alike. Located at Union Square’s Hotel G, Ayala’s cocktail menu of fresh and colorful drinks complements the seafood dining menu along with catering to hotel guest favorites.

 

Photo: Ayala San Francisco

Photo: Ayala San Francisco

Chambers Eat + Drinks – Phoenix Hotel

The indoor-outdoor hotel bar at Phoenix Hotel is made for partying with a rock-and-roll atmosphere pairing with a poolside locale. Dedicated bar and lounge spaces that filter into the outdoor setting make for plenty of room to relax and enjoy simple, creative cocktails. Summertime draws a pool party crowd to this inviting space in the Tenderloin.

 

Photo: Chambers Eat + Drink at Phoenix Hotel

Photo: Chambers Eat + Drink at Phoenix Hotel

The View – Marriott Marquis

This San Francisco hotel bar is named “The View” for good reason–the breathtaking view from the 39th floor of the Marriott Marquis is an unparalleled experience. Take the elevator all the way up right before sunset to witness a beautiful show with floor-to-ceiling glass. Snag a window seat and watch the sky change at this Instagram-worthy lounge.

 

Photo: The View at Marriott Marquis

Photo: The View at Marriott Marquis

Gibson – Hotel Bijou

If you’re looking to mix and mingle with San Francisco locals, Gibson is a hotel bar known for its elegant atmosphere and sophisticated feel in the bustling Tenderloin neighborhood. A cocktail menu made up of inventive, classic flavors brings guests in to enjoy the art deco furnishings of painted ceilings and mirrored accents. The Gibson drink is of course their speciality, with varieties of the recipe available to satisfy any taste.

 

Photo: Gibson San Francisco

Photo: Gibson San Francisco

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar – Fairmont Hotel

The Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill is home to the Tonga Room & Hurricane bar, a San Francisco favorite with a theatrical tiki setting designed by an MGM set designer in 1945. The preserved space takes on a nautical, Polynesian-inspired theme complete with bi-hourly thunderstorms of rain falling into the pool below. Live bands play afloat the water while crowd-pleasing tiki drinks promote a good time on the dance floor.

 

Photo: Tonga Room

Photo: Tonga Room

Top of The Mark – Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

This San Francisco hotel bar is easy to find as the location is in the name, featuring a panoramic view at the top of the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel. Guests drop in for a dance floor and live music in an inviting atmosphere with a classic Martini menu to keep the buzz going strong.

 

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The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

New York City is known for enlisting some of the most talented bartenders in the world to create innovative cocktails in impressively-designed spaces throughout the city. With nationwide trends like mixology, the speakeasy resurgence and craft mocktails citing NYC as their epicenter, the odds of finding a delicious drink are in your favor. During your next stay in the Big Apple, stop by any of these lauded establishments to experience a quality concoction in the best cocktail bars in New York City.

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The NoMad Bar

Created by a James Beard Award-winning group, The NoMad Bar is known for its knowledgeable staff pouring rare spirits in Manhattan’s NoMad Hotel. Catering to a crowd of hotel guests, finance professionals and cocktail connoisseurs, this upscale pub unites extravagance with authenticity for a unique bar experience. Order one of their large-format drinks with your group and warm up near the fireplace in this notable lounge.

 

Photo: The Nomad Bar

Photo: The Nomad Bar – Best Cocktail Bars NYC

Bemelmans Bar

Step into New York City history at this classic establishment, maintaining its place on the Upper East Side since 1931. Premium cocktail pricing and a cover charge keep an elevated feel to the trendy crowd. Guests mix and mingle surrounded by the bar’s namesake decor of priceless murals by illustrator Ludwig Bemelman.

 

Photo: Bemelmans

Photo: Bemelmans – Best Cocktail Bars NYC

Clover Club

This elegant Brooklyn bar serves up a detailed menu of classic and contemporary cocktails in a venue filled with vintage accents. Marble, leather and mahogany fill the regal space along with the occasional sounds of live jazz and a bustling weekend brunch. Built with conversation in mind, catching up with friends or loved ones will be a breeze in this laid back location.

 

Photo: Clover Club

Photo: Clover Club – Best Cocktail Bars NYC

Death & Co.

A pioneer of the nation’s craft cocktail movement, Death & Co. brings innovative drinks to the East Village, setting the standard for cocktail trends around the country. Their rotating menu of detail-oriented creations are some of the best in New York City, which guests enjoy in the sophisticated, dimly lit dwelling. Slip through the speakeasy entrance to experience the brooding interior with highly limited seating reserved for dedicated imbibers.

 

Photo: Death & Co.

Best Cocktail Bars NYC

Photo: Death & Co. – Best Cocktail Bars NYC

Dear Irving

Travel throughout some of history’s greatest moments at this Gramercy lounge inspired by the film Midnight in Paris. From the Roaring ‘20s to the Victorian era, each room features a new point on the timeline with elaborate decor where you can sip from the range of cocktails to suit any palate.

 

Photo: Dear Irving

Best Cocktail Bars NYC

Photo: Dear Irving – Best Cocktail Bars NYC

Maison Premiere

The dramatic, vintage decor of this Williamsburg staple will transport you to pre-war New Orleans the second you step up to the marble horseshoe bar. With a commendable cocktail program run by experienced bar talent, Maison Premiere boasts an absinthe drip to fuel their dedicated absinthe cocktail menu along with tableside martinis that are sure to impress. Seafood towers also complement juleps and locally-sourced beer whether you’re seated indoors amongst the beautiful crowd or in the lush garden out back.

 

 

Photo: Maison Premiere

Photo: Maison Premiere

Pegu Club

Stylized with a British colonial feel, Pegu Club is named after a 19th Century Burmese locale of the same name, bringing forth English tastes to its SoHo neighborhood. The polished domain features detailed drinks like their popular Gin Gin Mule and MarTEAni, made to be sipped in the sleek, second-floor space situated above Houston Street.

 

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Best Cocktail Bars NYC

Photo: Pegu Club – Best Cocktail Bars NYC

Amor y Amargo

Don’t be fooled by the tiny layout, this intimate bar is an industry favorite known for its specialty of amari liqueur and other bitters stirred into delicious cocktails. Order a flight or sip a signature concoction in the colorful space with limited seating, a local go-to in spite of its standing room only exclusivity.

 

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Best Cocktail Bars NYC

Photo: Amor y Amargo

Attaboy

Springing up in the former Milk & Honey space, the speakeasy feel lives on at Attaboy–an intimate sphere of cocktail enthusiasts both behind the bar and in front of it. Veteran barkeeps mix bespoke cocktails without a menu to be seen as a playlist of retro music sets the mood. Ring the doorbell to be let into this walk-ins-only venue focused on serving up personalized cocktails to the Lower East Side.

 

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Best Cocktail Bars NYC

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Bar Goto

From the mind of a Pegu Club alum, the Lower East Side has a refined place to escape the bustle of Houston Street at sleek, Japanese-inspired Bar Goto. The space is intimate and sophisticated, offering plates of Japanese comfort food like miso chicken wings and some of the best okonomiyaki in the city. Pair bites with a handcrafted highball or martini in this minimalist habitat perfect for cocktail devotees.

 

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Things to Do During A Night Out in Hollywood

Hollywood is one of the world’s most recognizable neighborhoods with a history in entertainment reaching back more than 100 years. The iconic Hollywood sign creates an unforgettable view as travelers from around the globe visit to experience the enchanting city during their time in Los Angeles. From delicious fine dining dinners to trendy nightlife venues, spend an exciting, memorable night taking in the world-renowned magic of Tinseltown.

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Book Your Stay

To get the full Hollywood experience, there are a number of luxury hotels in the neighborhood offering elevated service and pristine rooms along with amenities to make you feel right at home. Book a stay in the center of the action at The Dream Hotel. This domain will place you in the lap of luxury in the heart of Hollywood’s lively nightlife scene. You can also relish in a trendy atmosphere at The W Hollywood. With a prime location on Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll be able to experience the city’s excitement along with in-house amenities like a stylish rooftop pool and multiple restaurants. Plan your stay at The Kimpton Everly Hotel to experience a bright and airy setting with each room boasting a stunning view from the Hollywood Hills to the Downtown LA skyline. If you’re looking for a more private experience, consider a luxury rental that can offer a full, luxurious space to call your own while you explore Los Angeles.

 

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Photo: Kimpton Everly

Wine & Dine

After checking into your hotel and preparing for a night out, experience a delectable dinner at one of Hollywood’s many fine dining establishments. A local favorite, Katsuya is known for its fresh sushi and Japanese dishes served in a modern setting of eye-catching design. Beauty & Essex is also a lavish hotspot with a speakeasy-style entrance through a pawn shop and a menu of enticing, American cuisine. Nearby, you can also visit TAO, a monolithic, multi-story space known for its celebrity clientele and signature Asian decor. If modern Mediterranean dining sounds intriguing, look no further than Cleo–the Hollywood & Vine-located restaurant with contemporary small plates perfect for kicking your night off right. You can also head into the Hills to dine at Yamashiro, a restaurant known for its beautiful, Japanese garden landscape and scenic view.

 

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Plan Your Entertainment

While walking down the Walk of Fame may be one of Hollywood’s most famous activities, there are a number of ways to enjoy a Hollywood evening with performances of all kinds happening each day. The Pantages Theater is known for hosting phenomenal Broadway plays in a historical setting on Hollywood Boulevard. Shows like Wicked, The Lion King, Hamilton and hundreds more have drawn in audiences for a night of entertainment. Nearby, the Hollywood Palladium is another of the city’s landmarks that brings live music acts to the stage all year round. Elevate your experience with premium seating to upgrade your night with a private table and bottle service along with a perfect view of the action. For a more intimate experience, book a reservation at Black Rabbit Rose–a lounge and theater with magic shows and live jazz in vintage-inspired surroundings.

 

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Photo: Black Rabbit Rose

Grab a Cocktail

After taking in a show, a night cap at one of the neighborhood’s coolest bars will help keep the energy alive during a bustling Hollywood night. Head to Hollywood Boulevard tiki bar Lono for a festive, tropical drink inside the expansive venue. Get into a musical mood at Sunset & Vinyl, a cozy speakeasy with a vintage feel located above Hollywood & Vine’s 800 Degrees Pizza restaurant. Rise to the rooftop of Mama Shelter to sip drinks in the vibrant space with a stunning view of Hollywood. You can also toast glasses at The Tropicana, located poolside in the illustrious Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. If a bar with a dancefloor is more your style, No Vacancy is the place to be with an unforgettable speakeasy entrance leading to a renovated, prohibition-era house that’s fit for a good time.

 

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Photo: No Vacancy

Elevate Your Night

It won’t be a trip to Hollywood without ending your night partying it up at the city’s most trendy and exclusive nightclubs. You’ll get an extravagant experience at Warwick, a hotspot with lavish decor and a guestlist of lively partygoers. Avenue LA also boasts an exciting crowd of stylish patrons, with a beautiful garden atrium and plush interior furnishings to set the mood. Across from Avenue you’ll find The Highlight Room at the top of the Dream Hotel. This mostly outdoor space has plenty of room for mixing and mingling with bottle service cabanas giving you a dedicated place to party with your group. You can also take in the Los Angeles breeze at Le Jardin, an outdoor spot for live DJ and artist performances among a sleek, French-inspired design.

 

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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 lounges in Los Angeles 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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Warwick Hollywood

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.

 

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Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum/Dylan + Jeni

Beauty & Essex

This Hollywood destination with extravagant furnishings serves up delicious American cuisine for dinner, but offers an upstairs lounge experience perfect for a lavish night on the town. Relax in the plush velvet bar seating or vintage-inspired leather banquettes to enjoy cocktails in an opulent setting.

 

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Photo: Beauty & Essex

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 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

Seven Grand

Head to Downtown LA to experience Seven Grand, a sophisticated lounge known for its vintage style, live music and premium whiskey selections from all around the world. Sip and savor each of their delectable craft cocktails or order your spirit straight while taking in the atmosphere of this industry favorite.

 

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Photo: Seven Grand

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.

 

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Photo: The Peppermint Club

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20 Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars in Los Angeles

The prohibition era of the 1920s was known for its prolific speakeasy bars that opened in response to the nationwide ban on alcohol. The iconic style of hidden-away lounges with secret passwords, unmarked signage and disguised entrances didn’t disappear with prohibition’s repeal, and made a lively comeback in Los Angeles over the past decade. Duck into the best hidden speakeasy bars to sip libations in a uniquely mysterious space.

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The Varnish – Downtown LA

One of the original bars kicking off the speakeasy resurgence, the Varnish is located at the back of Downtown LA’s lauded Cole’s French Dip restaurant. With an award-winning bar program, and cozy space that was formerly a storage closet, you’re sure to enjoy the exemplary speakeasy experience.

 

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Photo: The Varnish / Dylan + Jeni

In Sheeps Clothing – Downtown LA

Head to Lupetti Pizzeria in the Downtown Arts District to find In Sheep’s Clothing tucked behind a nondescript door inside the restaurant. The “hi-fi record bar and cafe” prides itself on creating a music-focused experience with loud conversations and photos discouraged while listening to the featured vinyl albums.

 

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Old Lightning – Marina Del Rey

You’d never guess that at the back of bustling restaurant Scopa Italian Roots, a priceless collection of some of the world’s most rare liquors would be building at Old Lightning. Those with a palate for vintage bourbon and whiskey check their phones at the door for an intimate lesson in aged flavors and irreplaceable spirits.

 

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Photo: Old Lightning – Punch Drink – Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars

Photo: Old Lightning

Alley Lounge – Culver City

Culver City’s Alley Lounge is an inviting bar tucked away behind Fin restaurant, and can be found beyond what looks to be a kitchen service door at the end of an unassuming alley. Delicious drinks and talented bartenders keep guests entertained along with a menu of late-night eats.

 

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Photo: Alley Lounge

The Edison – Downtown LA

One thing that may give away this speakeasy’s location is the long line of patrons hoping to get in each weekend. Located down a flight of stairs at the end of an alley, this site of a former power plant now takes on the unique combination of steampunk and vintage decor with burlesque dancers helping to set the sultry Roaring Twenties mood.

 

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Photo: The Edison

Sunset & Vinyl – Hollywood

With no sign or indication that it exists, much of Sunset & Vinyl’s popularity came from good old fashioned word-of-mouth, just like its speakeasy predecessors. Visit Sunset and Vine’s 800 Degrees Pizza location and head up the stairs in the back of the restaurant to find this vintage, vinyl-inspired space perfect for listening to music with a flavorful cocktail.

 

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Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

La Descarga – East Hollywood

Travel back in time to 1950s Havana at La Descarga in East Hollywood. With a surprising secret entrance that leads you to an expansive room filled with live salsa music, burlesque dancers and cigar smoking, your senses will be overwhelmed as you dance the night away in this rustic hot spot. 

 

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Photo: La Descarga – Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars

Adults Only – Hollywood

Guests may not expect much from a strip mall bar, but are in for a treat at this spacious lounge in Hollywood. Pass through the faux adult video store entrance to find a dance floor, a big screen playing videos and plenty of room to mix and mingle in the youthful, nightlife atmosphere.

 

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Photo: Adults Only

Bar Jackalope – Downtown LA

Seven Grand is one of Downtown’s prized whiskey bars, but for an even further elevated experience, become a member and reserve a spot at the exclusive Bar Jackalope hidden inside. Non-members can try the place out on a first-come first-served basis to ring the mysterious doorbell and taste a series of Japanese whiskeys.

 

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Photo: Bar Jackalope

The Del Monte Speakeasy – Venice

This historical destination is an original Los Angeles speakeasy that operated during prohibition by smuggling in alcohol through underground tunnels. Currently standing as Venice’s oldest bar, you can find this seductive space by descending the stairs at Townhouse, formerly an inconspicuous grocery store with a clandestine secret. Live comedy shows, burlesque performances and DJs entertain the Westside at this vintage hot spot.

 

Photo: The Del Monte Speakeasy

The Del Monte Speakeasy

Pacific Seas – Downtown LA

Initially opened in 1932 to channel an adventurous island oasis, Pacific Seas restaurant was the original inspiration for American tiki culture, and was reopened in 2016 as a speakeasy within Clifton’s Downtown. You’ll find it behind a hidden door on the fourth floor of the massive bar and lounge.

 

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Photo: Pacific Seas

R Bar – Koreatown

This Koreatown dive bar channels a true prohibition style with a rotating password that guests must track down each night. Inside you’ll find a pirate-themed space with karaoke and bar food for a laid back night out.

 

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Photo: R Bar Koreatown

Good Times at Davey Waynes – Hollywood

This local favorite is known for its signature garage sale entrance and long lines stretching down the block. Guests pile in each night to experience the 1970s living room theme with classic hits from the decade playing all night long, along with a backyard patio to take in the LA breeze.

 

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Photo: Good Times at Davey Wayne’s – Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars

Blind Barber – Culvery City & Highland Park

Don’t be fooled by the fully-operational barbershop storefront, Blind Barber keeps the “party in the back” when you head through a door in the shop to find its lively lounge space. Similar to its NYC, Chicago and Miami locations, the sleek, hidden bars in Culver City and Highland Park offer up great cocktails and the brand’s signature grilled cheese sandwiches.

 

Photo: Blind Barber Highland Park – Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars

Photo: Blind Barber Culver City

£10 (Ten Pound) – Beverly Hills

The Montage Beverly Hills is hiding a secret, and you’ll find it when you head up the hidden staircase on the second floor of the hotel. Ten Pound is a lavish lounge that specializes in single malt Scotch, so you won’t be disappointed by their impressive whisky collection.

 

Photo: £10 (Ten Pound Bar)

Photo: Photo: £10 (Ten Pound Bar)

Break Room 86 – Koreatown

One of Koreatown’s favorite hangouts is the 1980s-themed Break Room 86. Follow your guide down a secret passageway within The Line Hotel to enter the vibrant bar filled with cassette tapes, old televisions, breakdance performers and even private karaoke rooms.

 

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Photo: Break Room 86 – Karaoke Room – Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars

Basement Tavern – Santa Monica

A staple on the Westside, Basement Tavern sits beneath The Victorian–a historic home built in 1892 that was transported to its prime Santa Monica location on Main Street. The underground lounge is perfect for an intimate night on the town with occasional live performances in a vintage setting.

 

Photo: Basement Tavern at the Victorian

Photo: Basement Tavern at the Victorian

No Vacancy – Hollywood

An ode to 1920s prohibition, No Vacancy is one of Hollywood’s best hot spots with a Disney-esque speakeasy entrance that’s sure to impress. The historic building was formerly a schoolhouse for the children of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and later a brothel, but now stands as a go-to for delicious drinks, burlesque performances and dancing on the outdoor patio.

 

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Photo: No Vacancy – Best Hidden Speakeasy Bars

Lock & Key – Koreatown

You may not expect much from the exterior of this covert hotspot, but a stylish speakeasy lounge hides behind a room full of doorknobs where guests are tasked with figuring out a way in. The back patio makes for an inviting dancefloor on weekends along with plenty of space to mix and mingle amongst intricate textures and sultry furnishings inside.

 

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Photo: Lock & Key

The Slipper Clutch – Downtown LA

Fans of ‘80s-style arcades will love this retro bar hidden behind Downtown’s Bar Clacson. Follow the sign for ‘Highballs’ to find The Slipper Clutch, a two-story space filled with vintage arcade games and a playlist of exclusively classic rock and punk music.

 

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Photo: The Slipper Clutch

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