Dive Bars in Sherman Oaks


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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.

10622 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood,
CA
US

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.

8228 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood,
CA
US

How long does it take for a dive to become an institution? Seventy-five years seems like a good bet. Once a magnet for studio execs from nearby MGM, the eclectic Backstage Bar remains a destination thanks to nightly drink specials, live music, and sports. There’s even a fireplace and vintage phone booth.

10400 Culver Blvd
Culver City,
CA
US

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.

1621 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Little Joy Cocktails in Los Angeles, CA offers big fun. The bar, with its industrialized vibe, has it all – DJ's kickin’ hot tunes, drink specials, comedians and other performing acts. In short, it's got everything you'd expect in an L.A. bar and more. Do you have a party planned for 40 people or less? They've got private space for rent that includes leather benches, a sound system, projector and stage. There's even a private entrance if you want your guests to experience that exclusive, 'velvet rope' treatment. For film makers seeking shooting locations, the bar can also be transformed into any era you might need. So whether you just want to relax with friends or film the next blockbuster, Little Joy Cocktails is the place to be in L.A.

1477 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Your senses are guaranteed to get put under arrest by the wonderfully whimsical pub that is Scotland Yard in LA. This place has everything going for it- amazing music, reasonably priced and well-prepared alcoholic drinks, and even live performances by local band talent. The ambient atmosphere here is a fusion of favorite 90's tracks meets convivial Irish pub. They welcome patrons bringing in liquor from the store that's a stone’s throw away, as long as you order something at Scotland Yard. Some of the best drinks here include their frothy pint of Guinness and their vintage wines. Shows are free on Friday evening, make them the perfect place for a prelude to an exciting weekend in the City of Angels.

22041 Sherman Way
Canoga Park,
CA
US