Los Angeles is a town full of beautiful people, with a multitude of bars that cater to their pleasant interaction and discourse. However, there's a special breed of drinking dens and watering holes that function on another level — singles bars. Prime meeting grounds for meeting new people and making connections. Herein, a handy guide to the Best Singles Bars in Los Angeles, just in time for Valentine's Day.Read More
A Handy Guide to Singles Bars in Los Angeles
The Happy Ending Bar & Restaurant
This meat market is legendary in Hollywood. Take some very good looking people, pack them in with strong drinks, and there's a winner. The ages tend to run younger, with some college-heavy contingent, but getting lucky isn't just in the name here.
The older brother to college bars, this is where young professionals and thirty-somethings get their drink, food, and dance on. The expansive space in Culver City has an appropriate urban look that feels relaxed and comfortable, all the better for hooking up.
Rooftop Bar at The Standard, Downtown LA
One of the coolest, hippest places in Downtown, this rooftop bar is a modern classic. The cabana-sofas and low-flung seating makes for great conversation stations while the bar makes "standard" drinks that feel just right for the jet-set.
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Bigfoot Lodge West
This over-the-top drinking den in Culver City makes for great people watching. The cocktails are actually very respectable and the vibe is friendly. For Valentine's Day, they're hosting a party called Stupid Cupid, an Anti V-Day shindig with 80's music and dancing all night long. Period-era garb encouraged.
The food is something to skip at this SaMo watering hole that always has a great-looking crowd that doesn't mind letting itself loose. Pool tables are an ideal place to find some company.
The dark, sexy vibe at this Silver lake drinking den has just the right mix that has a bit of Indiana Jones meets Tomb Raider theme. Good jukebox tunes, ample seating all around, and a better-than-dive-bar approach to cocktails.
The crowd is always impressive at this West Hollywood bar, which teems with attractive people of all types. The cocktails are better than average and the tunes are eclectic enough to please anyone.
This expansive place on Restaurant Row looks very much like a bachelor pad on steroids, with pool tables, TVs galore, and plenty of faux-distressed wood. The drinks are expensive and terrible, but the scene is undeniable. The people standing around at places like this are often more valuable than what's on the menu (with the exception of the beer list, which is respectable). The music never reaches a fever point, which aids in, well, conversation.
There's always a fun crowd packed into this Melrose bar, with friendly people and nice music to go along with the straightforward decor. The food is a step above the average bar, which doesn't hurt when drinks leads to the munchies.
It's a little more raucous at this Santa Monica watering hole that's part sports bar, part neighborhood dive, and part hangout joint for anyone on the 3rd St. Promenade. The open atmosphere makes it easy to meet people and hook up, but expansive menu and drink selections make it easy to spend hours here.
One of the more crowded places on Abbot Kinney, which means great tunes (usually from a DJ), attractive clientele, and a relaxed vibe that makes it easy for singles to mingle.
The minimalist space on the Wilshire side of Brentwood is a magnet for the post-work, young adult crowd. There's TVs for sports viewing, a better-than-average beer list, and some tasty bar bites with a German slant. It seems like there's as much bar seating and standing room as there are tables, which means plenty of opportunity to converse with other singles.