Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. The Drawing Room1800 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles
2. The Breakfast Bar70 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach
3. Molly Malone's Irish Pub575 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
4. Open Air Kitchen + Bar892 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles
5. Hungry Cat1555 Vine St, Los Angeles
6. Big Bar1927 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles
7. Ray's & Stark Bar5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
8. O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant2941 Main St, Santa Monica
9. Golden Road Brewing5410 W San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles
10. Tropicana Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood
11. The Venice Whaler10 Washington Blvd, Venice
12. Mercado1416 4th St, Santa Monica
13. The Bungalow101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
There are only a handful of bars actually open right when it's legal to serve at 6am, and most of them are dives, but none of them are as gloriously divey as this Los Feliz institution, where you're guaranteed to get super-strong drinks and ultra-charming characters.
Head out to this Long Beach hot spot for (surprise!) breakfast, especially for their chicken-and-waffle sticks, and hang around for happy hour, when you can get $3 High Life bottles.
Malone's is a West Hollywood institution with Guinness on draft, friendly vibes, and tasty bar food to scarf down in between games of darts.
This West Hollywood haunt is never a bad option for drinks, with a menu loaded with numerous wines, beers, and cocktails; but the real treat is their edibles menu, featuring options like prosciutto, fig, and arugula salad and a kale and spinach pizza with Parmesan cream sauce.
This slick, beachy seafoodery serves up raw bites like oysters, along with cooked fishes, burgers, and artfully mixed 'tails. Whether for lunch, brunch, or dinner, The Hungry Cat has been the go-to for inventive, LA-style seafood dishes for over a decade. Do it up by starting with a 1-, 2-, or 3-tier seafood platter, and pair your meal with one of the market-fresh cocktails that complement basically everything on the menu.
Big Bar's actually, well, a tiny little bar attached to the massive outdoor patio at the Alcove Cafe. It has a European feel thanks to a room-length, extra-wide marble bar, antique-looking oak cabinets, and custom-made, metal chandeliers.
Located at LACMA, this swanky bar and restaurant takes museum dining to new levels with an upscale American menu, killer cocktails, and an expansive outdoor patio. Expect wood-fired pizzas, plenty of veggie plates, and classic entrees like a burger with caramelized onions and grilled fish. The Stark Bar has an impressive spirit selection sourced from across the world, and the craft cocktails taste just right at happy hour.
This Santa Monica pub may get a little brotastic, but they also serve up delicious bar fare and a terrific mid-afternoon happy hour, with $3.50 domestics from 12-7pm.
Golden Road is the perfect place for anyone who loves drinking while playing games, because they've got giant Jenga, ping pong, and more, plus tons of outdoor seats, and some of LA's best local beer that's brewed right there. Enjoy a pint with some of the venue's delectable globally-inspired pub fare.
With its breezy palm trees and sleek design, the Tropicana Bar blends old Hollywood glamour with contemporary California cool. Guests can sip on refreshing mimosas and fresh fruit smoothies, enjoy live DJ music, or simply float in the pool and watch the Hollywood elite in action. Be sure to check out the underwater mural painted by David Hockney.
A Venice landmark, this beachside spot has been serving up market-fresh dishes and high-quality craft cocktails since the '40s. Be sure to try the fish tacos, or split some of their small bites or an artisan pizza with your group -- a group you should also convince to join in the Whaler's Monday night karaoke. While you're there, you'll want to head up to the second-floor patio bar for some gorgeous ocean views, particularly at sunset.
Mercado is a modern-tinged Mexican joint steeped in luxury woods, leathers, and steel, with a menu that boasts tons of authentic, South-of-the-border food and drink. This includes handmade tortillas, enchiladas with sweet shrimp and yellow mole, slow-cooked carnitas, and more than 70 tequila options.
This sprawling, indoor/outdoor lounge at the Fairmont Santa Monica is rustic, bougie-in-a-good-way, and straight-up charming. The beautifully designed patio is decked out with lanterns and close enough to the beach (aka, right across the street) to catch the ocean breeze. Accouterments like a fire pit and ping pong table make The Bungalow a great place to start the night with a few happy hour drinks.