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Best Bars For Networking In LA

September 13, 2012 6:00 AM

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(credit: Perch)

(credit: Perch)

Most people go to bars for one of two reasons: to get drunk or get a date. But an increasing number of college alums and business professionals are heading to the bars with business and networking goals in mind. When it comes to networking, knowing how to build rapport and establish trust with the various people you meet can create a connection that may one day lead you to your dream job. There’s no better place to build such trust and cultivate new relationships than in the relaxed setting of some of LA’s hottest bars. Perhaps a cocktail or two can help take the edge off of even the most high-strung of business savvy individuals.
The Edison
108 W 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 613-0000

Constructed from the architectural artifacts of LA’s first power plant, The Edison is a venue rich with history that transports you back to the 1920s. The bar has a nice ambience as you descend down the stairs into a world filled with flapper dresses, well-dressed waiters, nice leather furniture and elegant décor reminiscent of the speakeasy era. It’s a beautiful industrial atmosphere great for dazzling new clients complete with live burlesque shows and modern jazz music.
The Crocker Club
453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 239-9099

Occupying the space of what was once a former bank, The Crocker Club is a unique venue with plenty of space for dancing and plenty of sitting areas for a dash of intimacy. The highlight attraction of this club includes its original vault, which has since been recreated into an intimate lounge area ideal for entertaining business associates. It’s a charming but swanky kind of venue with a candle lit interior and several semi-private booths for one-on-one conversations.

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Library Bar
630 W Sixth St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 614-0053

Library Bar in downtown Los Angeles is a hip hotspot with a décor that makes it look like a private study. This classy and sophisticated establishment does not have WiFi access, so don’t expect to catch up on work or get any studying done because this place is all about having a good time with your fellow professionals. Some of the people can be a bit showy, but the overall atmosphere still has some pretty good vibes to it, which makes people watching a favorite pastime for first time visitors who like to get dressed up when they go out.

448 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 802-1770

For a killer panoramic view of the downtown Los Angeles, relax in style at the French-inspired Perch rooftop bar. It’s a place where some of downtown’s business professionals, local residents and night owl visitors all come together to let loose in a casual environment free of pretension. Perch even has live music and French delicacies to heighten the experience.

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The Standard Rooftop Bar
555 S Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 892-8080

If you want to feel like money and act like money, this is the place in Los Angles to get your drink on and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city. The clientele is pretty upscale, which makes this the perfect venue for connecting with high rollers eager to spend. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit, because this rooftop is also equipped with a heated pool.

Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on

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