Beneath the spotlights, sideshows and souvenir shops that blanket Hollywood lays a vibrant nightlife scene with a raging pulse. From velvet rope nightclubs to locals-only dive bars, an eclectic blend of glamour, mystery and excitement lends to Hollywood's longstanding allure. Revelers from all corners of the globe are encouraged to write their own Hollywood story, whether that means taking in set from a world class DJ or bar hopping along the Cahuenga Corridor. No matter where you go in Hollywood, once the sun goes down, you're sure to have a story to tell.
Hollywood's reputation as an upscale playground for celebrities and studio executives dates back to the early days of film. Stars would snooze at the Hollywood Hotel (currently the Hollywood and Highland Complex), dine at the Brown Derby and cozy up over cocktails at the still standing Frolic Room. And though Hollywood nightclubs and bars have seen incredible highs and heart breaking lows, this town simply bounces back every time.
Hollywood's current nightlife landscape is as eclectic and endearing as ever. There are a dozens electric Hollywood night clubs and bars, infamous for the unbelievably attractive crowd and knack for showcasing the nation's top DJs.
Despite Hollywood's obsession with youth and renovation, a few original hangouts still remain. Musso and Frank, the area's oldest restaurant, still serves Hollywood's elite after more than 90 years, with the recently opened bar, The Writer's Room, occupying the eatery's old backroom. The Hollywood Roosevelt, home to gaming parlour and lounge The Spare Room and restaurant Public Kitchen and Bar, is still a hit with young tastemakers.
For something a little more low key, head to the Cahuenga Corridor's army of eateries and lounges, including the rock star-worthy St. Felix and round-the-clock favorite Kitchen 24. Also on the corridor is indie venue Hotel Cafe, popular for highlighting rising singers and musicians on the quest for stardom. Fitting for a town that is famous for making dreams reality.
5574 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles CA 90038
Visit Paris for a night at this classy establishment, designed as a jazz-age salon with velvet banquettes, café-style seating, and a central fireplace. Cocktail attire is required, drinks are to die for, and burlesque dancers always make an appearance.
1533 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles CA 90028
Tucked away inside a nondescript strip mall, this hipster hotspot offers a hunting lodge atmosphere with antler chandeliers and tables made from tree trunks. Find beers, wines, and well drinks for less than $5 – and wear your best flannel shirt.
Cafe Montmartre was Hollywood's first high-profile nightclub. Just east of Hollywood and Highland, 6757 Hollywood Boulevard was the place to see and be seen in the 1920s, complete with starlets dancing on tables and strict door policies. Some things never change.