Best singles bars: Places to pickup singles in Los Angeles

Singles bars are aplenty in Los Angeles. Here are the best places to pickup other lonely hearts looking for their next hook up.

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Best singles bars in LA: Blind Barber

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Best singles bars in LA: MB Post

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Best singles bars in LA: The Otheroom

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Best singles bars in LA: the Pikey

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Best singles bars in LA: the Pikey

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Best singles bars in LA: the Hermosillo

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Best singles bars in LA: Thirsty Crow

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Best singles bars in LA: Las Perlas

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Best singles bars in LA: Laurel Hardware

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Best singles bars in LA: the Bungalow

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Best singles bars in LA: Eveleigh

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Good Times at Davey Wayne's

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Edendale

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Tom Bergin's

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Best singles bars in LA: Blind Barber

The LA dating scene is abuzz. From beachside hangouts to stiff-drink happy-hour spots, LA's bars are full of other singles ready to mingle. We've done some hopping around at the city's buzziest watering holes—namely, some of the best beer bars, hotel bars and cocktail bars—to bring you the scoop on the where to find Mr./Ms. Right (or your next hook-up).

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Westside

Laurel Hardware

We may have done our fair share of eye rolling at Laurel Hardware, a place so quintessentially "it" that it can be hard to take it seriously. Since day one, the West Hollywood hangout has been packed to the brim, which means that you can’t just walk in and expect a table—especially on the weekends, as a line of about 20 forms at the door. That being said, there are some pretty (single) people who congregate around the rustic bar, so try this spot during the week, when the cool kids from the city congregate, hoping to meet their future hook-up (or ex).

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Tom Bergin's Tavern

Tom Bergin’s has been through some changes in the past couple years—a new owner, a revamped menu, the addition of boozy brunch—but it’s still dark and divey, and the perfect place to walk in, order an Irish coffee (arguably the best in the city) and size up the scene. Yeah, it might skew a little older, a little drunker, but that might be your thing. The wrap-around bar gives you a solid view of the room while you pretend to watch the game on mounted TVs, and if you're a history buff, it's the perfect place to point out and explain 1930s memorabilia hanging on the wall to your new crush.

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Fairfax/Beverly/La Brea/Third St.

The Bungalow

Critics' pick

Brent Bolthouse brings Hollywood to Santa Monica's Fairmont Hotel with this indoor/outdoor bar and lounge, a veritable watering hole for Westside bros and ladies who look Coachella-ready at all times. Think: tree house hideaway by the Pacific, clad with outdoor fire pit, pool table, dart boards, ping-pong table and pricey specialty drinks that set the mood (and get you in the mood) for a Baja getaway. It's a weekend house-party Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, but if you want to keep the sleaze factor to a minimum, aim for a weeknight visit.

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Santa Monica

High Rooftop Lounge

When it’s crowded, the High Rooftop Lounge at the Hotel Erwin is a prime spot for making friends (or more?) in line. There can be a line to get in, a line to get drinks, and a line to snag one of the roof’s prime seating areas. This all translates into prime flirting opportunities with that cute guy or girl standing in line behind you, which might turn into a shared cabana while you watch the sunset over the Santa Monica skyline. Bonus: If you make a connection, there's always a romantic stroll on the beach just steps away.

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Venice

Blind Barber

A cut and a cocktail are easily found at this New York City export that made its West Coast debut in Culver City. The hidden (literally) gem is a barbershop by day and a speakeasy by night, serving up some of the Westside’s tastiest libations including farm-to-table cocktails. Nearby locals and the hip Venice crowd mix with those looking for a quality quaff (and, hopefully, someone to share it with). If you've got serious moves, stop by on Thursday nights for a live DJ and dancing.

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Culver City

Rosewood Tavern

A vast whiskey selection, 28 craft beers on tap and elevated pub fare are what draw locals to Fairfax’s Rosewood Tavern. To facilitate socializing, a long bar spans almost the entire length of the dark watering hole, and a long communal table claims prime seating in the center of the room—perfect for practicing pick-up lines over a four-beer flight. Come for weekend brunch, an after-work beer and bites or Saturday night boozin'—just remember your game.

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Los Angeles

The Otheroom

With a prime spot on Abbot Kinney and an epic selection of beer—no hard alcohol here, rather there's a rotating roster of craft beer and wine—the Otheroom attracts the men of Venice. But this ain't your neighborhood dive: on any given night, the bar is filled with locals—flash your 90291 creds to gain priority at the door—lounging on seats at the bar or at one of the many bar tables. Come dressed in your best sand-and-surf casual as the dim, votive-lit room gives you that seaside glow.Tip: Thursdays to Saturdays are prime nights for meeting and greeting.

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Venice

Eveleigh

Critics' pick

Smack-dab between Sunset Plaza and the Sunset Strip, Eveleigh occupies a landscaped plot of land plush with foliage (and, luckily devoid of the usual, Ed Hardy contingent) not found elsewhere in the nabe. Its European countryside aesthetic draws the hip, artsy crowd who pack in most nights of the week at two separate bars and communal tables in the vista-filled back patio. Your best bet is to grab a seat at the main, front bar for signature cocktails and to meet and mingle.Share a pitcher of the house lemonade with chamomile-infused tequila to really get the night flowing.

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West Hollywood

Manhattan Beach Post

While MB Post is a fully defined restaurant, its ubiquitous communal tables by the bar and in the dining room make for a great place to meet new friends. Here, you'll find a seasonally inspired, fruity list of intoxicants, served just steps from the beach in a smartly designed space that once served as a post office. On a nightly basis, the bar is packed with tanned locals and diners waiting for tables—babes are aplenty here. Can't make it in the evening? Sunday brunch is a must at MB Post, where you can make googly eyes at your crush over stellar French toast.

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Manhattan/Hermosa/Redondo

Eastside

Thirsty Crow

This popular Silver Lake haunt specializes in whiskeys—there are more than 100 on offer and dozens of small batch bourbons—and is generally packed all throughout the day and week with $5 Whiskey Wednesdays and happy hour (Monday-Saturday, 5-8pm; Saturday, Sunday 2-8pm) when all drinks are $5. Eastside locals crowd the horse shoe–shaped, central bar to claim prime real estate (and bump elbows with their fellow drinkers); if you happen to find yourself a friend for the night, head to the back of the bar for some canoodling in the intimate booths.  

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Silver Lake

Las Perlas

If you like tequila, then you'll love Las Perlas, a fun, colorful bar from Mr. Downtown, aka Cedd Moses. Serving one of the city’s most comprehensive selections of tequila and mezcal, the DTLA watering hole attracts more of the Varnish crowd than Cabo Cantina. While you can always play it safe and order a margarita, we encourage starting your South of the Border evening with the creative cocktails. It can be sleepy early during the week, so stop in on weekend nights when tequila lovers, from locals to cocktail geeks, pack in, and when a live DJ means tequila-fueled dancing.

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Downtown

The Hermosillo

Remaking the once divey Hermosillo Bar, Dustin Lancaster of Bar Covell, L&E Oyster and Storefront brings boutique wines and a well-curated list of craft beer (and snacks too) to Highland Park. New to The Hermosillo is Highland Park Brewery—that's right, it's in the bar—and you can woo your crush by dropping some craft beer knowledge. The unfussy space—round, tufted leather booths, scattered tables and a central bar—is just busy enough to be happening during the week and more bumping on weekends.

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Highland Park

Good Times at Davey Wayne's

Critics' pick

There are dozens of ways to strike up conversation at Good Times at Davey Wayne's, a 70's-inspired bar from the Houston Brothers: while entering through the bar's secret refrigerator entrance ("After you...wait, are we seriously going through a fridge?"), dancing to old-school beats in the carpeted living room ("When was the last time you heard this song?"), or watching roller girls skate on the patio's glass roof ("I'd like to see you wear that sequined leotard." Wait. Don't say that.). On weekends, the line for this Hollywood bar gets crazy, so come on a weeknight and chat up that hottie at the bar ordering a spiked snow cone.

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Hollywood

Red Lion Tavern

When was the last time you went to a beer hall and didn’t hook up with someone? This Silver Lake German pub can get a little crazy at times (usually downstairs, usually when someone starts playing oldies on the piano, usually at 1am), but the beer selection is solid and the upstairs beer garden is rife with communal tables that encourage fraternizing. Order a sausage plate (please, refrain from any sausage-related pick-up lines) and a stein while you scope out the scene.

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Silver Lake

The Pikey

Critics' pick

Sean MacPherson of the Roger Room and Bar Lubitsch has a knack for conceiving fashionably hip bars that attract the less tool-y Hollywood industry types. And when he snapped up the ancient Ye Coach & Horses on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard and transformed the space into a British pub, with a solid list of eats by Ralph Johnson of NYC's the Spotted Pig, Angelenos paid attention (and filed in). Though the Pikey has three separate rooms with two separate bars, weekends can get packed to the point of suffocation. (But hey, if you’re looking to make a love connection, that might not be so bad.) A dark pub feel, beer- and spirit-heavy list of intoxicants and hearty tavern fare to wash it all down attract more men than women.

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Hollywood

Edendale

Did Edendale put a call-out for singles or something? Every time we stop by this Silver Lake staple, the bar is full of dudes and dudettes (but mostly dudes) sipping on a glass of whiskey or wine all by their lonesome. Yes, there is a restaurant attached (with a killer boozy brunch on weekends), but to meet your future soulmate (or one-night stand), hang out at the back of the bar, where comfy couches provide ample space for flirting. The old firehouse also features an outdoor patio for schmoozing.

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Silver Lake

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Mohammed M
Mohammed M

Peace I'm looking for a job that you have a vacancy.

bmcapers
bmcapers

As far as downtown bars, Las Perlas attracts a less intimate crowd than the Varnish. More so, I don't think it's a place to meet singles. Like most bars, It's a safe haven for groups and hanging with friends from outside of LA. La Cita on a Thursday night on the other hand, I had a one night stand from there.