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Low-key Los Angeles Bars

Destination(s): Los Angeles

Here I have collected a number of Los Angeles dive and neighborhood bars. Not every night is the occasion for champagne, high heels and glitter! Sometimes you just want to find a no-frills place to have a beer or a stiff drink and maybe even meet some locals. There are a bunch of somewhat friendly hole-in-the-wall bars here in Los Angeles, this list is just to get you started on a low-key night out.

Day 1: Downtown and Eastside Bars
Day 2: Miracle Mile and Westside Bars

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Footsie's

Footsie's

  • 2640 North Figueroa Street
  • at San Fernando Road, Highland Park
  • tel:323 226900
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Hop Louie

Hop Louie

  • 950 Mei Ling Way
  • tel:(213) 628-4244
  • Los Angeles, 90012

This is an unpretentious and reasonably priced place to get drinks. The crowd varies from almost no-one on some nights to packs of hipster "emerging artists" on nights when there are gallery openings on nearby Chung King Way. The bartenders will not try to be your best friend (which I consider a plus) and the jukebox is good. The scene is much more down-to-earth here than at Mountain Bar (the hipster haven across the way).
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Frank N Hank's

Frank N Hank's

  • 518 S Western Ave
  • tel:(213) 383-2087
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90020
Bar 107

Bar 107

  • 107 4th Street
  • (cross-street Main Street)
  • tel:(213) 625-7382
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  • Los Angeles, 90013
HMS Bounty

HMS Bounty

  • 3357 Wilshire Boulevard
  • tel:213 385 7275
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90010
Hank's Bar

Hank's Bar

  • 840 South Grand Avenue
  • tel:213 623 7718
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  • Los Angeles, 90017
Frolic Room

Frolic Room

  • 6245 Hollywood Blvd
  • tel:+1 323 462 5890
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  • Los Angeles, 90028
Gold Room

Gold Room

  • 1558 West Sunset Boulevard
  • At Echo Park Avenue
  • tel:+1 213 482 5259
  • Los Angeles, 90026
Little Joy Cocktail Lounge

Little Joy Cocktail Lounge

  • 1477 West Sunset Boulevard
  • tel:(213) 250-3417
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  • Los Angeles, 90026
Coronet Pub

Coronet Pub

  • 370 North La Cienega Boulevard
  • tel:310 659 4583
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  • Los Angeles, 90048-1925
Club Tee Gee

Club Tee Gee

  • 3210 Glendale Boulevard
  • tel:(323) 669-9631
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90039

This is a friendly dive bar that has been around since 1946. It is an unpretentious, neighborhood type of place. The decoration is reminiscent of a basement from the 70's. Overall its a chill place with a diverse clientele and it's generally not too crowded.
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Drawing Room

Drawing Room

  • 1800 Hillhurst Avenue
  • tel:323 665 0135
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  • Los Angeles, 90027
Cinema Bar

Cinema Bar

  • 3967 Sepulveda Boulevard
  • tel:+1 310 390 1328
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  • Culver City, 90230
Ye Rustic Inn

Ye Rustic Inn

  • 1831 Hillhurst Avenue
  • tel:323 662 5757
  • Los Angeles, 90027
The Smog Cutter

The Smog Cutter

  • 864 North Virgil Avenue
  • tel:+1 323 660 4626
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  • Los Angeles, 90029