J Lounge is a good looking bar in downtown LA; The first floor is a restaurant but I never dined there so I can't tell you about the food.
On the second floor next to the bar they have an outdoor heated patio where you can smoke cigars.
Overall they have a really nice setup.
However, I was a bit upset by the service. It was so difficult to get a drink and we waited close to ten minutes before they could open the cigar cabinet for us. The whole time when we asked for something the bartenders as if they were doing us a favour.
There were a lot of attractive ladies in the bar when we're there and I can understand the (male) bartenders wanted to attend to their needs first, but overall I find we were treated bad. Wouldn't come back here unless I was offered free drinks all night :p
This was a very short trip here, this place looked interesting but was way upscale and we couldnt even get to the top for the rooftop bar, our waitress from the Point told us to check it out but she didnt say there was going to be a waiting period to get in, the lower level seemed to be happening but once again, this spot was more upscale to our liking. So, we carried on to find or final spot which is why I put in the number one position.
Dress Code: There didnt seem to be a dress code here but it did look upscale, but we wasnt there long to people watch, lol!
We saw the lights outside this place and we thought it would be a fun spot to travel to from our hotel, if we got tired of driving. This is the first place we went before we ending up at Casey's. The place was very nice and upscale looking, it had a nice flare to it plus they had salsa lesson going on when we first arrived. The drinks were nice and strong. The staff here was friendly as well. The one waitress gave us a tip to take a down trip the room top bar. So, we bailed and headed out from here. This place did have music, pool table, great decor, wide screen t.v. and good drinks. But it was inside of a hotel and it did seem business(ey). We would have went back if we didnt find Casey's.
Dress Code: We were dressed casual, but it looked more upscale than anything.
I wouldnt really call these place a night club, its was just a nice little bar tuck away under the streets/building of downtown LA, there really wasnt much happen, there was few bars in walking distance that were safe to venture too. So, we hit a few but loved this one the most, it was stuffy, pricey or trendy. It was laid back with a nice vibe. No cover charge, free pool and the drinks were nice as well. It was our kind of place. We had a few drinks and played a few rounds of pool and staggered our way back to our hotel. I didnt try the food but I saw some people eating when we first walked in. The mens bathroom was a little strange. But overall it was enjoyable! A must visit if you like that laid back vibe.
Dress Code: It was casual dress.
Monday & Tuesday - 11am-11pm
Wed-Sat - 11am-2am
Sunday - Closed
A hot spot downtown is the historic and beautiful Mayan Theater, on Hill St. Close to other popular venues like Staples Center and world-class hotels, The Mayan is an evening escape for adults to get down and boogie, especially to Latin beats. Salsa competitions are common here. Beyond salsa, a variety of music including hip-hop and rock (en español), is featured. Boh the interior and exterior of this local historical site is breathtaking, in an otherwise so-so surrounding area of downtown. See website for interior shots! Virtual tour pictures are featured.
Dress Code: strict code: evening dressy style; men should wear a dress shirt and pants and nice dress shoes; women should wear an evening gown or nice shirt and blouse combo (esp. good for salsa or freestyle dancing) and dressy heeled shoes
No casual wear (jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, flip-flops, etc)
See website for full dress code details!
The Downtown Standard is the younger cousin of "The Standard", located on the hyper-sexual Sunset Strip. In the beginning, it was a beguiling alternative to the popular scene, but as Downtown rebounded and word spread, the Downtown Standard has become it's own lightning rod.
Set high among the skyline, this bar is a stunning venue. As such, it's often closed off for filming. But, when you can plunge in, you'll find yourself ensconced among the Downtown skyline with artistically trimmed hedges, pod-like waterbed chaise lounges, and a small dancefloor. Drinks are pricey, but there is no cover, so consider this a worthwhile trade off.
I recommend weeknights to beat the crowds.
Dress Code: I would dress to impress; though don't go overboard cuz you'll look like a suburban sorority sister trying a bit too hard to get in the door.
If you want to hang out without stripping your wallet where lacals hang out. This is the place to be. Relaxing atmosphere 20 to 30 somethiing age group. USC babes and locals come to unwind...
Dress Code: Clen cut but comfortable clothing is recommended but dont look too shabby, especially if you want to score
At the Veranda bar inside of the hotel, you can chill out spot. It's very dark in the bar but especially in the hall leading up to the bar. The best thing is here, it's pretty laidback and not so noisy compared to other nightlife spots around town. For me, actually talking and hearing my companion(s) is a bonus. I love the Moroccan theme at this hotel and am looking forward to come back! My pics to be posted here soon!!
Dress Code: No dress code. Wear something warm or a jacket for the night. It does get chilly
Hank's has character and has characters. It's old and dingy, but friendly and safe. In a city of unfriendly people with attitude, Hank's has none of that. It has downtown workers of blue & white collar, residents of the Hotel Stillwell, newly located loft residents, and a few barflies, all of whom tend to know each other by name and are friendly to travelers and everybody else. Funky old CD jukebox. Michael the bartender is in a class of his own. A good place to watch a game, talk with folks, or chill out from the L.A. fray & traffic. $3 domestic bottled beer iced down in horizontal coolers. $5.50 call drinks, $4.50 well. Only Sutter wine in mini-bottles for $4.50.
Dress Code: Very casual.
So me and some friends were in downtown and stopped at this bar called the Golden Gopher. We literally walked in the door, looked around, went to the bathroom and left. It was full of the sort of kids that didn't drink in high school, didn't hang out with the "bad kids" who did drink, cared about being popular, then turned 21 and decided that since they were of age, they should start drinking and going out to bars. In other words, people that lack the ability to think for themselves. The music was horrible, the people were the sort you see on Elimidate who get eliminated in the first round. There was this ranchero bar next door that was basically in a basement and THAT looked like more fun.
Dress Code: don't know, don't care. I was wearing pants and a sweatshirt if that means anything.
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