There's a bar or 10 in LA for every time and type, and if that time is bro-time, and that type is, uh, bros, well, consider this a primer: the 10 frattiest bars in LA, ranked by how much you'll feel like an outcast if you aren't wearing a pair of Wayfarers inside.
Power-ranking LA's 10 frattiest bars
10. Barney's Beanery
Barney's is somehow a college team bar for a bunch (almost all?) of LA's transplanted college fan bases, which means that, by default, there's a ton of chest-bumping going on. But unlike many bars on this list, Barney's has 1) edible food, and 2) a great beer list, meaning that, as frat-tacular as it can be (and it can be plenty frat-tacular), it moves down the list rather than up it.
9. The Phoenix
Why's the Phoenix -- home of making reservations for UFC fights and 20+ big-screens for football -- so far down the list? Well, it's relatively new, which means that, compared to the competition on this list, it could still be taken over by hipsters, or nerds, or... uh... what's another college stereotype? That.
8. The Parlor
So goes the Phoenix, so goes the Parlor, another relatively new Mid-City bar that's found its footing in football and pitchers, but could turn around and find itself yuppified at any point.
Mid-Wilshire and Santa Monica
Regardless of whether you're in the one-story Busby's in SaMo or upstairs on Wilshire, you're bound to see some frat dudes doing frat dude things. But they do have live music at Busby's East sometimes, and sometimes they're not even '80s cover bands, which knocks these spots down at least a couple rungs.
"But", you may be saying, "Q's is SO FRATTY". Yes it is. Yes, it is. But it also has a ton of pool tables, some of which are sometimes used for actual billiards, and not just beer pong... which is scheduled on Sunday nights. So, one night a week: super fratty.
Why not the Manhattan Beach Sharkeez, or Hermosa's Hennessey's? Because the Hermosa Sharkeez has it all: location (Hermosa > Manhattan, for this, for sure), reputation (bad door! loud music!), and tons and tons of fratties and the ladies they love hanging out with, all the time.
3. Cabo Cantina
No matter what kind of frat bro you're looking for, you can find them simply by finding their respective Cabo Cantina. Surf-bro? Venice. Pretty-boy bro? Hollywood. Sports-bro? Santa Monica. Two-for-one-margarita-swilling-bro? Happy hour, at all the above.
2. Big Wangs
Yes, there are multiple Big Wangs locations. But with their remodel last year, the Holly-Wangs firmly established itself as one of the frattiest bars in all of LA, thanks to multiple beer pong tables, Golden Tee, and every single football game you could ever hope to watch.
1. Happy Ending
Is it a surprise that our top two frattiest bars both have sexually themed names? No. No it is not. Is it a surprise that Happy Ending -- which has a magical wheel-of-drinks, a country line dance night AND a beer pong night, 50+ big screen TVs, and, oh yeah, ACTUALLY SMELLS LIKE A FRAT HOUSE -- is at the top of our list? It should not be a surprise. At all.
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1. The Phoenix14 N LA Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills
2. The Parlor7250 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
3. Busby's East5364 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
4. Busby's West3110 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica
5. Q's Billiard Club1835 Wilshire, Los Angeles
6. Dillon's Irish Pub & Grill6327 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
7. Baja Sharkeez52 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach (& other locations)
8. Big Wangs1562 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles
9. Happy Ending7038 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood
It's pretty hard to argue with a place whose motto is, "Just great beer, strong drinks, and steak frites". Phoenix offers a no-fuss attitude and eats that range from Ahi tuna tacos to fried chicken out of their rustic, 4,000sqft digs.
This Mid-City joint is a great spot to watch some football (or any other sport) and enjoy some reasonably priced drinks and bites.
Busby's East may have the most comprehensive checklist of "stuff a sports bar should have" you've ever seen. Every television sports package and 40 flat screens? Check. Extensive food and drink menus? Check. Free bar games, arcade games and board games? Check. Live bands, DJs and a lively nightclub scene? Check. Checkmate, Busby's East.
The Santa Monica iteration of the East-West Busby's due, Busby's West features all sorts of games, whether they're being watched on the many TVs or played on their pool tables, alongside inexpensive drinks and a fun, young crowd.
Q's is a sprawling pool hall with three patios, a ton of TVs for watching the game, and plenty of pool tables so you can play your own games as well.
Located in Hollywood, Dillon's offers a full menu of American fare along with a full bar featuring 21 beers on tap and a wide selection of wines, and liquors, as well.
Located right off the beach, Baja Sharkeez will be filled with all sorts, from sandal-clad beach goers to a dressed-up dance floor crowd. Tacos and cheap drinks only sweeten the deal.
Big Wangs is the place to be to catch a game, throw back some brews, and eat some above-standard American food. There are over 10 TVs with premium sports broadcasts, weekend brunch booze deals (like their 32 oz. Bloody Mary), and, of course, excellent wings.
The boozy dream of a group of people including former Mint chef Matthew Gladstone, this massive ode to gratification rests upon the three pillars of bar awesomeness: a great happy hour, an ambitious menu, and flatscreens -- 30 of 'em.