Ah, the celebrated GNO. It’s an acronym ladies can’t live without. We’ve tallied up a list of fun inducing Los Angeles spots that are sure to inspire plans for your next girly gathering for a girls night out.
707 E. 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013
What’s more fun than engaging in some alcohol-fueled competition? That’s what Scott Davids and Noah Sutcliffe thought, so they brought their playful idea to life. EightyTwo is every big kids dream come true, boasting serious booze alongside an impressive collection of classic arcade and pinball machines from the 60’s -90’s.
Expect nostalgic favorites such as Street Fighter II, Space Invader, and Paperboy, fully restored and ready for action. They even come with a custom side drink table for the ultimate in multi-tasking mayhem. When you’ve had your fix of gaming, stay for the nightly DJ’s that encourage you to dance the night away.
Barkeep Billy Ray heads up the refreshing spirit driven cocktail program on offer here. Says Billy, “We have a balance of what we would consider a modern take on cocktails with classic techniques and products.” Order up a round of POW’s (Cana Brava Rum, their own house made Thai tea, condensed milk, angostura bitters, and a mint sprig garnish) for a refreshing five hit combo that will have you seeing stars.
7969 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Imagine a blank canvas with random paint splattered on by a rotating host of impresarios. Now, stroke on the surreal, the controversial, the absurd, and you’ll have the masterpiece theater that embodies DBA (Doing Business As). LA based hospitality group Cardiff Giant created this nightlife chameleon to evolve in ways that keeps things interesting in a fickle town like Hollywood. Your experience could be drastically different from one visit to the next. One night it’s an art gallery, the next there’s performance art by the likes of Simon Hammerstein, and so on. The possibilities limited only by the imagination of its guest curators.
For a provocatively interactive evening that will be talked about long after the night is done, round up the ladies and leave your inhibitions at the door. Reservations highly recommended.
1725 N Hudson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
If your group is few and in major need of airing out your dirty laundry, retreat to this basement bar for conversational confession catch-up. It’s located beneath No Vacancy (both owned by LA based Houston Hospitality) in a space reported to have been Rudolph Valentino’s secret bar, where prohibited booze was smuggled around in laundry baskets in the 1920’s.
Libations-a-plenty can be enjoyed to build up all the liquid courage you need to liven things up and keep it loose. There is no cell phone service to be had down here, leaving more time for real life interaction, just like nights like these were intended for. Reservations encouraged.
6507 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
For the times you’re itching to get dressed to the nines for a night of decadence, pay this Hollywood lounge a visit. This is where you come to get immersed in the impressive surroundings that this sprawling bi-level beauty offers. Get a birds eye view of the action from the upstairs loft. Or, saunter downstairs, where you’ll find buttery leather seating, larger than life artistic nudes flanking the back wall, and a massive four-sided bar.
Warwick is a place that blows standard bottle service out of the water. Here, tableside cocktail service is what you get, with the kind of bells and whistles you’d expect from a well-crafted cocktail: bitters, house made syrups, and more, to make it well worth your time and money.
Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel
929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
When the girls feel like getting high (above LA, that is), there’s no better place than a rooftop bar with a sparkling view of the city skyline to do the trick. The trendy Ace Hotel located in the historic United Artists building sets the stage for Downtown LA’s vibrant revival on Broadway.
Find the line queuing in the lobby at the elevator to get to Upstairs Bar. After ascending to your destination, the doors open to reveal two outdoor areas joined by an indoor bar. A well-traveled cocktail list awaits, including spirits from around the world such as English gins, French aperitifs and American whiskeys. The space is small but spacious, with ample seating and a warm plunge pool to dip your ankles in. While the city views are great, the architectural elements of the building are a sight to see, especially the lit up minaret shining like a beacon of historically hip nightlife. Small groups and early arrival are ideal.
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Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out her other articles on CBS L.A. She also covers fitness on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.