Sometimes, what’s needed is to crawl into a dark hole-in-the-wall and cuddle up with your beverage. Just because you’re looking for that experience doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Take a look at some of our favorite dives.
Happy Ending Bar and Restaurant
7038 West Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Singles, listen up – the Happy Ending Bar and Restaurant in Hollywood is a great place to go on a group date if you’re looking for a festive party atmosphere. The main attraction is a claw machine full of live lobsters that’ll empty your wallet even faster than the pricey burgers. In the mood for an outrageous drinking game? Spin the wheel to gamble on your next drink order.
3440 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Unleash your inner monkey tonight at Brass Monkey. Die-hard karaoke lovers line the bar to belt out their favorite party tunes. This popular after-work hangout fills up well before singing begins at 9pm. So sit back and sing along to your top tunes from the Beatles, Billy Idol, Journey and more.
The Drawing Room
800 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027-4408
Tucked inside an average strip mall, The Drawing Room has all the glamour that one would expect from a seedy Hollywood dive bar. The eclectic crowd is a mix of guys sporting vintage T-shirts and dressed down ladies ready for a little flirting and a whole lot of drinking. So slap on your sneakers and head down to this hidden gem for a night of debauchery and fun.
2030 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5608
If you’re itching to grab a beer a true “hole in the wall,” head over to The Gas Lite. This dimly lit dive bar is decked out in ‘70s holiday décor, complete with twinkling lights and tinsel. On an average day at the Lite, you can find most drinkers downing martinis and scotch while playing interactive trivia. By 10pm, the place is packed with college students from nearby UCLA. Looking for some great music? Catch talented blues artists on Friday and Saturday night.
1272 The Strand
Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254
If you’re over in the South Bay, make sure to stop by the Poop Deck. This dirty dive bar is right on the sand, giving beach-goers a place to cool off and sit down for a cold one. Locals take advantage of the back patio to play impromptu beer-drinking games of “Flip Cup” and “Beer Pong.” The name may give you a bad first impression, but you’re sure to have a good time if you stop in for a tasty beverage.
116 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5432
This Manhattan Beach tavern is more frat party than fairy tale. Shellback is a popular neighborhood watering hole for beach-loving locals. During the day, you can expect to find lots of board-short wearing surfers and bikini-clad babes taking a break from the sun. Be prepared to party with rowdy locals on Friday and Saturday nights.
Kilkenny’s Irish Pub
100 Fishermans Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277-3621
At Kilkenny’s Irish Pub, fun is the main priority. Live music, great DJs and a bustling crowd are sure to be draining pints of Guinness at this Redondo Beach dive bar. Fans of Kilkenny’s tasty treats say the delicious fish tacos and mini burgers are not to be missed.
1657 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Any Santa Monica local will tell you that Chez Jay is definitely a hidden gem. For over 44 years, locals have been flocking to this dive bar for classic seafood, steaks and, of course, cocktails. This coastal watering hole has an excellent wine list and a great selection of beers on tap. And, the peanuts served are famous! A Chez Jay peanut even made it to the moon, but for this story, you need to visit first hand.