“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” These are words by Marilyn Monroe that accurately describe Hollywood; An epicenter of debauchery.
While it is true that the atmosphere in Hollywood can be downright overwhelming, anyone who has enjoyed a night out there will tell you that there are places definitely worth your precious time.
If you are looking to have a nice time, break a leg, enjoy great cocktails, and not lose anything in the whole process, you will have to visit bars that are tailor-made for you.
Below is a review of awesome hangouts that not only offer the best service but also a great atmosphere to go with it. Once you get to this bars, yours is to order, sit back and enjoy.
The Best Hollywood Bars –
1. Girl at The White House
Located in East Hollywood, at N Western Avenue, this is the newest place to drink and definitely the best in that area. Owned by Fahim Reza, the joint has seen many residents traveling from far to come and enjoy the hype, first hand.
The inside has cautioned seating, mismatched furniture, with intimate nooks and cronies giving it an extremely welcoming and homely atmosphere.
Visiting this bar might just get you rubbing shoulders with directors and writers coming from the American Film Institute, which is located nearby.
Opened in 2017, this bar has seen the likes of Kristen Stewart, The Weekend, James Franco and Lana Del Rey visiting to enjoy a good time that it offers.
If you are a fan of love songs, the playlist at the bar contains rock ‘n’ roll oldies plus classics that will definitely get you moving.
This Hollywood bar is open from Monday to Sunday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
2. Frolic Room
This is a dedicated cocktail bar and restaurant that has been in operation since the 30s. It offers a classy ambiance despite being a dive-bar.
Although it has been around since the end of prohibition, the bar is amazingly modern with a splash of old-school style to it.
Caricatures of Albert Einstein, Groucho Marx and a portrait of Bukowski (who actually drunk at the bar), can be seen on different areas of the walls
The service offered by well suited-up gentlemen who make it their ultimate goal to remember your favorite drinks so that when you come the next time, you are quickly served.
The bar is located in Los Angles at 6245 Hollywood Blvd and it is open day and night. Opening time is 11 a.m., while closing time is 2 a.m., every single day.
3. Good Times at Davey Wayne’s
This is one of the best Hollywood bars, located at 1611 N El Centro Avenue in Los Angles. The theme of the bar gives you that 70s feeling in a house party atmosphere once you are inside.
The details of the bar include a slate faux fireplace, a coffee table that is driftwood made, hanging lamps that are pendant, and a palette that is orange/olive in color. In addition, there are family pictures of the owners’ family on the walls that might leave you feeling as if you are in someone’s living room.
It has a tufted bar that is surrounded by retro tchotchkes and vintage beer cans. The bartenders serve exceptionally crafted cocktails while the beers come in novelty mugs.
The playlist is mostly hip-hop tracks and tunes that offer a back in the day’ experience. The bar also incorporates live bands that play with a serious dedication oblivious to any noise complaints by the neighbors.
The bar is open Mon-Fri from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. while on Saturday and Sunday the doors are opened from 2 p.m. and closed at 2 a.m.
4. Grandpa Johnson’s
This art décor inspired lounge has a vintage look despite being one of the newest Hollywood bars. Located at 1638 N Cahuenga Blvd in Los Angeles, it is dedicated to cocktail serving and has arguably one of the most stunning interiors.
The inside of the bar has floors and ceilings that boast zigzagged chevrons, panel painting that is Orient-inspired, and mirrored walls that ensure the dim lights are reflected throughout the interior area.
One unique thing about this bar is that they offer a dress code but that’s not something that you have to follow to the latter. Just come looking dressed smart-casual and you will not feel out of place.
The music playlist entails ska, dub, hip-hop, soul, new wave, and indie disco. The DJ plays all these types of music at a high volume that ironically does not make conversations impossible.
The bar is open from Monday to Saturday 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and has amazing cocktails like the T-Bizz, all priced at $14
5. Harvard and Stone
Ski lodge den and vintage lights make this one of the most laid-back joints in Hollywood. The bar has three areas: – front bar, R&D bar, and the VIP area that is on the upper deck.
The R&D bar is a dream comes true for cocktail connoisseurs, offering bespoke cocktails made by a dedicated group of mixologists. These curated lists of drinks are worth every penny spent.
The bar has a dress code, which prohibits shiny shirts, flip-flops, logos, and shorts so you have to avoid these if you are to gain entrance.
In addition, this bar has an outdoor alley (enclosed) to accommodate anyone who wants to have a smoke.
The music comes from a live band dedicated to mostly rockn’ roll and blues with burlesque dancers who will entertain you if you are not looking to break a leg.
Harvard and Stone is open daily from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Above are the five best Hollywood bars that offer you the best services available in Hollywood. Other bars worth checking out include the Lost Property Bar, The Three Clubs, The Pikey, The Know Where Bar, and No Vacancy.
If you are in Hollywood, be sure to get the full value of money and time spent in any of the bars above.