The 17 Best LA Bars for Grabbing Last Call

You don’t have to go home, but you can stay here

By Reuben Brody

The 17 Best LA Bars for Grabbing Last Call
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23 November 2016

Thanksgiving Eve is the year’s best unofficial holiday.

All the boys are back in town. All the bars are open late. And you’ve got catching up to do.

Since your conversation can and probably will last all night, we’ve compiled a list of the best bars in every neighborhood for that last shot, beer or Old Fashioned.

You’re looking at 17 fine establishments in total, and we even included a couple spots in the Valley (apparently people live there).

Remember to tip your bartenders, and if you’re drinking, don’t drive.

The Normandie Club
Because it’s low-key cool and well-balanced enough to serve top-shelf hooch with classic hip-hop.

3612 6th St (map)

The Roger Room
West Hollywood
Because it’s cozy and has the sort of presence typically vacant in a city of impermanence.

370 N. La Cienega Blvd (map)

Because loose atmosphere, stiff cocktails.

10899 Venice Blvd (map)

Because it’s an intimate, Mad Men-era spot hidden in a hotel, and you can grab a late bite in the 101 Diner.

6141 Franklin Blvd (map)

Black Market Liquor Bar
Studio City
Because the fade to black (103 proof bourbon and walnut bitters) should put you down for the night. Just get an order of shrimp toast to soak it up.  

11915 Ventura Blvd (map)

The Varnish
Because it’s a classic, you can get a French dip from the front, and they have quiet booths to take in some quality conversation.

118 E. 6th Street (map)

Blue Collar Pub
Beverly Grove
Because you just tell them what you like and they mix you something special enough that you don’t remember it the next morning.

361 S. Fairfax (map)

Thirsty Crow
Because you want to hear a little live music with that whiskey drink.

2939 Sunset Blvd (map)

Nighthawk Dinner
Hollywood and Venice
Because bourbon milk is delicious, and goes well in the cereal.

417 Washington Blvd. (map)

The Chestnut Club
Santa Monica
Because this is hands down the best bar in Santa Monica, and not just because it's probably the only place open: they've got solid drinks and always play the right music for the mood. The Cameron’s Kick should do the trick.

1348 14th St (map)

Chez Jay
Santa Monica
Because you want a cold beer in a dive bar that the original Arthur used to own.

1657 Ocean Ave (map)

La Cuevita
Highland Park
Because you want a mezcal cocktail in a Mexican-themed dive bar.

5922 N Figueroa St (map)

Kibitz Room
Because you can go to Canter’s next door for a late-night meal.

1 N. Fairfax (map)

Everson Royce Bar
Arts District
Because you want to sit on a back porch and sip a Scotch, neat.

1936 E 7th St (map)

Mar Vista
Because you want some truffle popcorn and a Manhattan.

3809 Grandview Blvd (map)

Old Man Bar
Culver City
Because this dark, woody room (attached to Hatchet Hall) plays vinyl and feels like a Southern gent’s hunting lodge.

12517 Washington Blvd. (map)

The Pikey
Because you want a sour ale and an English gent's club ambience.

7617 Sunset Blvd. (map)

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