108 West 2nd Street (Main Street)
Los Angeles, CA. 90012
After years of enduring the ugly side of life, downtown L.A. has once again become quite the scene for singles, and this Higgins Building hotspot is evidence of exactly that. Transformed from a turn-of-the-20th-Century boiler room into one of the cities biggest and most talked about hotspots — underground. The Edison with its high ceiling sprawl is where the pretty and the powerful mix with equal pleasure, quaffing everything from custom-made cocktails to an absolutely astounding array of absinthe (mind the custom in how you take it, newbies). Just be sure to dress well, as the bouncers can be a little brusque about attire. Also, phone ahead if you’re traveling with a group and would like to reserve a table, and do keep in mind the $25 minimum for food and bevs. By all means, once inside, roam if you want to; this place has plenty of room for that.
1429 Ivar Ave.
Los Angeles, CA. 90028
What lies behind the green door? Not Marilyn Chambers, all you X-raters, so keep them dirty thoughts to yourselves. This high class and palatial parlor feels a little more like a decadent Parisian den circa 1910, the sort of scene where the ladies are tightly-laced and the gentlemen are content to play it cool while they think of ways to get things … undone. Gussy up right and get there by 11 pm, and that’s when the vibe picks up, as the DJ’s get their groove on. But a warning to all those out for a fair-weather frolic: the guest list remains the rule. So if you want in, reserve some seats for dinner. But even then, it’s no guarantee.
8752 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Eveleigh may be a great restaurant, but it has a happening bar in the front of the restaurant. With a great and good looking crowd every night of the week, it makes for a terrific singles bar. Add in tasty cocktails and you have the perfect recipe. Favorite drinks include the corpse reviver #2 with gin, fresh lemon, Cocchi Americano, Combier and absinthe as well as their Eveleigh lemonade and the prescription julep.
Manhattan Beach Post
1142 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
If you’re looking to keep the fratastic level to a minimum, you’re in luck. Because this bar is far from Hollywood, MB Post attracts a great crowd. The communal tables by the bar in the dining table also make this spot a fun place to make new friends. Add in their tasty cocktails served steps from the beach and there’s a reason this bar is always packed night after night. In fact, the bar attracts a large crowd throughout the day.
10797 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
This New York transplant has become a favorite for those in and around Culver City. After all, where else can you enjoy a haircut and a cocktail. The hidden bar is a barbershop by day and a mysterious speakeasy by night which serves up delicious drinks. Crowds from Venice as well as from elsewhere around Los Angeles flock to this fun bar. Stop by on Thursday nights for a live DJ and dancing and make sure to order favorite cocktails such as The Dillinger.