Under the ownership of local bar-and-lounge entrepreneur?and probable night owl?Craig Trager, NoBar brings its unique spin on nocturnal life and a speakeasy atmosphere to the NoHo Arts District. Shaded wallpaper and low lighting in the lounge area add to the sultry, intimate ambiance. The sounds of rock, old-school hip-hop, and soul music wafting from a jukebox blend with the clacking of balls in the pool room to further enhance the underground vibe. At the bar, staffers ease guests through the night with five craft beers on tap and specialty cocktails that range from a cherry-mash old-fashioned to the playfully named Bowl of Cereal, which customers must consume using a collectible plastic spoon.
Ironically enough, Gold Coast’s best asset is an atmosphere that’s somewhat tarnished. Unlike its more polished neighbors, the dive effortlessly attracts a crowd of young hipsters, older gay men, and transgender men and women. Come during the post-work happy hour to mingle with a colorful set of regulars.
The Burgundy Room on Los Angeles’ Cahuenga Boulevard is a small, comfortable dive bar amidst the relative street hustle of tourist-heavy Hollywood. The name, so it seems, comes from the heavily-colored deep red bar stools, candles and lighting that accents the interior, and would give the impression that this is laid-back, jazzy bar, but far from it. The Burgundy Room rocks a host of live deejays that spin mostly metal, hip hop, punk and rock inside the dim, tiny space. Crowds can form quickly as lines for the bar get deep, and the long bathroom line can make for even more excruciating waits. The limited floor space also means dancing isn’t likely to take place; locals instead opt to drink and chat with friends over the din of the nearby tunes.
Places like The Fifth might be hard to avoid calling a home-away-from-home. Especially since this home has arcade games, a pool table, and perfectly-execute drinks someone else makes. Complete with a mirrored lounge, leather banquettes, and a unique, rounded bar, The Fifth is a cozy and chic place for a tipple. Behind the bar, the staff uncaps a wide variety of beers, and crafts cocktails and mixed drinks?both on and off the menu.
Inside an unassuming green house, the eponymous owner of Angie's Skin Care plies her skin-nourishing trade. Clients seeking renewal and relaxation flock through the front door, unwinding during facial sessions that cleanse away grime and clear pores. After visages are clean, hydrating formulas penetrate deep into the skin, leaving complexions more youthful and radiant than a newborn glowworm.
Named after its spot in the shadow of the Santa Anita Racetrack, One Hundred to One evens the odds with a no-frills selection of beers and spirits. Float toward camaraderie-laden coves borne on the sudsy currents of Budweiser, Amber Bock, or Shock Top draught pitchers (starting at $7.50). Or listen for the sound of ocean waves and subliminal messages from Sting by putting your mouth and ear to international bottles ($4.25), including Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Dos Equis. Parched partiers can also place their fermented fate in the hands of one of One Hundred to One's merrymaking mixologists, sating thirsts with cocktails constructed of blithe spirits including Belvedere ($6.75), Crown Royal ($5.75), and Bombay Sapphire ($5.75).