Where is the best nightlife in Los Angeles?

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The Living Room at The Starwood Hotel and Resort©StarwoodHotelsandResorts

Los Angeles isn’t really a late night town — not when surf’s up as soon as the sun is. Of course, if you’re looking for a place to sip on a cocktail post-dinner or get your groove on, this has-it-all city offers something for everyone. West Hollywood and Hollywood are still the heart of Los Angeles nightlife, coursing with swanky lounges, upbeat clubs and, yes, celebrities. Head to the W Hollywood for two new bars: Station Hollywood and the Living Room. Located in the lobby, the Living Room includes a 19-foot fiber optic and glass chandelier, a circular staircase, and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall that lead out to Station Hollywood, which is the hotel’s outdoor bar. For a fantastic view of the city, Drai’s Hollywood nightclub is located on the roof of the W hotel.

Heading west, West Hollywood is home to the Tropicana Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, a sexy old-Hollywood spot for drinkers who can keep their balance around the historic David Hockney pool; if not, there’s the indoor Teddy’s, a lounge selective enough to turn away celebrities. West on the Sunset Strip lies the SkyBar at the Mondrian, an ivy-covered rooftop bar filled with chaises that you can reserve.

In Beverly Hills, the SLS Beverly Hills is home to the Bazaar, which has Bar Centro, a sexy bar that remains one of the city’s hot spots, thanks to Philippe Starck’s mixed and matched design and an extensive cocktail list. For something more elegant, the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows has remained a favorite among generations of Hollywood dealmakers.

Further west in Westwood’s W Hotel is Rande Gerber’s Whiskey Blue, which boasts upbeat Polynesian décor. The Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel features Glow, one of the nation’s best outdoor bars. It’s stuffed with plush seating, fireplaces, waterfalls and cozy cabanas. But perhaps the most frequented spot on the Westside is Cameo Bar at Viceroy Santa Monica, a lounge dressed in Victorian-inspired décor and perched on the pool deck - the perfect spot for a moonlit nightcap along the Pacific.

Although not long ago, downtown L.A. was a ghost town at night, some of the city’s best bars and lounges have opened there in recent years. The Rooftop Bar at The Standard hotel offers the city’s best view of the skyline. But it also has a not-off-limits pool, mattresses in red spherical pods and waitresses who deliver potent drinks while dodging the music-video-style dancers on the makeshift dance floor.

James G. Little

Hollywood is a nightlife mecca for people of all ages, with nightclubs such as Greystone Manor, Supper Club, Voyeur and Confidential all catering to the Hollywood elite, as well as tourists.

I like The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel and the lounge at Hotel Bel-Air. Both are understated and elegant, and I like the cocktails at the Bel-Air the best.

Dana Damato

Los Angeles’ famous Sunset Strip, in West Hollywood to be exact, is a legend known worldwide for being the top destination to go for the best music and entertainment, the best fashion and a very stylish lifestyle. For 1.6 miles, Sunset Blvd is a stretch of famous music venues such as The Viper Room, The Roxy, Whiskey a Go Go, House of Blues and many more.  The Sunset Strip is a great place to go for celebrity spotting as well as seeking new and unique trends.
This glamorous location as an impressive variety of upscale boutiques, al-fresco dining and luxe hotel bars including Sunset Plaza, Katana and Tower Bar at Sunset Tower Hotel. This is place to go to really see what Hollywood is all about and where a good majority of stars came from. It’s lavish, exciting and a great way to see Hollywood for what it really is. 

Christina Xenos

Whether you want bottle service in a poolside cabana, champagne over panoramic views, or a speakeasy shaking some of the best cocktails around—you'll find plenty of options around Los Angeles.

You can't visit Los Angeles without a trip to the Sunset Strip and that is best done at night so you can get a taste of its storied past. Bar Marmont is the low-key counterpart to the infamous Chateau Marmont hotel and is perfect for martinis and even an oyster nosh. Party poolside at SkyBar at the Mondrian Hotel. While the actual open-air SkyBar effortlessly floats above the pool, nothing can stop you from taking your drink to the water's edge. Farther west on Sunset Blvd., you'll find famous music clubs like the House of Blues, Viper Room and The Roxy and new swank retro‑vaudeville lounge Bootsie Bellows.

In Hollywood the newly opened Emerson Theater captures the glamour of the 1920s and fuses it with a contemporary twist. Over at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Tropicana lounge is a must with weekend evenings often featuring DJ talent spinning around the pool that boasts an underwater mural by artist David Hockney. Also in the hotel you'll find super exclusive club Teddy's; fresh crafted cocktails at the Library Bar and a trendy cocktail scene alongside a two-lane bowling alley in the Spare Room.

Downtown you can get your cocktails up high over sweeping views of the city poolside at the Standard Hotel; with a little French fusion at Perch and with the option of eating sushi next door at Elevate Lounge.

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