Looking to grab a drink in Hollywood? Here are five of our favorites, with vibes ranging from classy to nostalgic to totally retro. Maybe you’ll spot a celeb or two.
Spacious and classy, Le Jardin is a Hollywood nightclub with an outdoor garden that includes a dance floor, a lounge area, and a stage for musical acts. Inspired by the south of France, Le Jardin aims to encourage an intimate, summery vibe even in winter, when fire pits and heating lamps are set up around the space. Drinks are a bit pricey (around $15 for a cocktail), but they’re so large and delicious that you won’t mind.
You’ll need a reservation and somewhat dressy attire to get into La Descarga, a Cuban-themed speakeasy with a 1940s vibe. The bar is hidden away behind a secret door on the second floor of a dingy, non-descript apartment building. Once inside, you’ll find yourself in a dimly-lit, decadent nightclub with a cigar lounge and burlesque dancers performing in elaborate costumes. In typical Cuban style, the bar is known for its rum cocktails — we recommend the Petite Zombie ($12), with three types of rum plus a touch of absinthe, lime, and bitters. Intimate and sophisticated, La Descarga is ideal for special occasions —especially if you like to dance.
The Spare Room
The Spare Room is a throwback-style cocktail lounge and game parlor in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The bar features polished wood bowling lanes and classic games like backgammon, jenga, monopoly, scrabble, and yahtzee. The cocktail menu is long and includes punch bowls that can be made in various sizes, a tangy salt and vinegar martini, plus a rum cocktail made with bananas, egg white, and cacao salt.
Good Times At Davey Wayne's
Walk through a fridge door and find yourself in a retro 70s style bar with garage sale decor and a roller stage. Try one of their snow cone cocktails or one of their classic old fashioneds. On weekends, stay late for roller skating rooftop performances and dance the night away, but be sure to get there early (before 9PM) to avoid the line. Better yet, come early for Happy Hour, which offers half-priced drinks and $6 Old Fashioneds on tap.
Bar Covell serves 150 wines by the glass, plus craft beer and light nibbles, that draw locals, especially local sommeliers. A cozy, urbane spot on Hollywood Boulevard, many consider Covell to be the best wine bar in L.A. Stop in on Saturdays and Sundays for their boozy weekend brunch.