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Did a full day walking tour of LA. Our tour guide Damien was very knowledgeable and passionate about giving us all information in a clear and concise way. The tour was very well planned and organised and was not tiring.
We did the Hollywood tour and loved it! The tour was at a great pace and the guide (Vicky) was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. Thank you
Booked the Wild Wild West To Now tour, our guide Terry was great! (He) was very knowledgeable and the tour brought us to some really cool DTLA areas we've never been to which was so much fun! Definitely worth the reasonable price. THANK YOU TERRY!
We had an Amazing Murder, Mystery & Ghost tour with Damien and Dante... thank you very much from Italian Girls... very interesting and funny… absolutely recommended!
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My boyfriend and I took the Heart of Hollywood Tour and had a wonderful experience with Stuart. Really helpful for personal questions, funny, full of knowledge and a passion for Hollywood. Can't recommend this enough!
Angela took us inside some beautiful Broadway theaters, told us about LA history and was very enthusiastic about her city. The great thing was that she actually took us inside the buildings. Plus after the tour we went for the 35cent cocktails! Great tour and great guide!
I did the Historic Core Tour!!! It was an awesome walking tour and very informative even for this Angeleno!! I am downtown daily and drive past this area and never knew the history of various locations of the city!! This provides that!!
My son and I booked and completely enjoyed a private tour. We had a wonderful evening! Damien took us on a fun, informative tour. My son loves photography, and Damien did not disappoint, as he took over 300 photos!
Where to drink in Los Angeles
Drinking in L.A. It’s a well-known song by Bran Van 3000. It’s catchy. But seriously – where to drink in Los Angeles? There are a lot of bars in the city, some good, some okay, some not good. Of course everyone who lives here is likely to have their favorite neighborhood hang-out, perhaps a Los Feliz hipster hangout or maybe a divey Westside watering-hole, but what we’ve tried to do here is give you a brief list of the interesting/cool bars in the areas most often visited by tourists (for example there are some great bars in North Hollywood, but it’s not a touristy area). As with all the information we give you we get no financial consideration for listing an establishment here. All the bars on this list are just places that we like and feel comfortable recommending.
Here’s a list of the best bars we know here, so you know exactly where to drink in Los Angeles when you find yourself in need of an alcoholic beverage during your visit.
We pass these fine establishments on our Santa Monica and Venice Bike Tour – unfortunately you’ll have to wait until after the tour to check them out though! In general Venice is nowhere near as alternative – or seedy – as it was even a few years ago, nevertheless it does still have a more laid-back and down-to-earth vibe than most other beachside communities (especially compared to Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica).
Wondering where to drink in Los Angeles after our LA in a Day tour? Look no further than these cool bars. Santa Monica is a great place to hang out at any time of year. The busiest area is around Third Street Promenade, but if you prefer to hang out with the locals, instead of the many tourists who flock to the area, check out Main Street (to be found due south of the Promenade) which is full of independent bars and pubs.
You can’t do better than the art deco rooftop bar here, with its ocean views, anywhere in L.A.
The most extensive beer list known to mankind. Enjoy reaching its outer limits.
Cool area in between downtown and Santa Monica and very easily accessible on the Expo Line, so you don’t even have to worry about drinking and driving! Culver is also good because there are quite a few nice bars along the main drag on Washington Boulevard. It’s an established center for night-life so the area is always pretty vibrant, especially on weekends.
Best dive bar in the world – according to their website. Definitely the darkest bar in the world.
The Culver Hotel
One of the nicest, most elegant, bars in L.A. Often have (good) live music.
Where to drink in Los Angeles? Why, Hollywood of course! If you’re hanging out here after our The Real Hollywood Tour then it’s not too early to have a drink. Obviously Hollywood is a very touristy area, but it is also an area where Angelenos do go in the evening, drawn by the lively bar scene.
Dive bar from back in the day, right by the entrance to The Hollywood Pantages.
Stylish, historic, establishment with incredible views of Hollywood.
Historic restaurant in Hollywood. Skip dinner and just hit the bar.
Sit at the bar in the lobby here and drink in the history. If those walls could talk!
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Downtown is definitely the best area in Los Angeles for bars. If you’re doing one of our downtown tours you absolutely should hang out in the area after for at least one drink. There are two things that make downtown extra special in terms of the drinking establishments there. Firstly because it has a lot of nice bars in historic buildings. Los Angeles bars often tend to gravitate towards either being high end uber bars or lower end dive bars, whereas downtown occupies a happy middle ground. Secondly, making use of many of the tall buildings, there are a lot of rooftop bars with amazing views of downtown and the surrounding area.
Grand Central Market
There are various establishments you can get a drink here. They’re all good.
At the back of Cole’s is this cool dive bar hiding behind an unmarked door.
There are several bars in this fantastic and fantastical looking establishment. We can’t explain it. Just go!
After you’ve eaten as Mas Malo downstairs head up to this cool pool table infused bar for some drinks. Even better check out the whisky bar behind an unmarked door on the way to the restrooms.
The longest continually operating bar in Los Angeles. And one of the most fun.
The Little Easy
New Orleans French Quarter inspired bar in the heart of a historic hotel in the heart of downtown.
Rooftop bars. They’re quite the thing in L.A. and this is one of the best.
The closest thing L.A. has to the great British local pub. Which is absolutely perfect if you actually want to talk to the people you’re with in a nice bar.
The Rooftop at The Standard
Another rooftop bar. One of the first in downtown and still one of the best.
Le Petit Paris
Bars don’t come more beautiful than here, upstairs, at the back of this stunning restaurant in downtown. There’s no better place to sip a cognac in style.
If you have any feedback on our recommendations on where to drink in Los Angeles, or if you have some recommendations of your own, please email us and let us know. We’ll be sure to take it into account.
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