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: Harvard & Stone

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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: Shorebar

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    Best singles bars in LA: Eveleigh

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    Best singles bars in LA: Blind Barber

Photograph: Courtesy Harvard & Stone

Best singles bars in LA: Harvard & Stone


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 (slutty, we know) 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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Laurel Hardware

  • Price band: 3/4

The thing with West Hollywood's Laurel Hardware is that it’s the place to be right now. Which means that you can’t just walk in and expect a table. And, to make matters worse, it’s hard to even just walk in and expect to grab a drink because the earthy laid back restaurant fills up quickly and, on weekends, a line of about 20 or more forms at the door. The rustic indoor/outdoor farm-to-table restaurant and bar collects the cool kids from the city hoping to meet their future hook-up (or ex).

When to go: Forget about trying to get a drink (let alone to the bar) on weekends.
What to order for her: Impress with one of barman Cole Apodeca's creative intoxicants like Skinnies Fog ($12), which calls for red beet-infused plum vodka and plum bitters.
What to order for him: Try the full-sensory cocktail, Skinneas Fog ($12)—mescal, grapefruit, lime, brown sugar and a tongue-tickling buzz button.
Pickup line: "I see you're drinking a Fear & Loathing, which is exactly how you'll feel tomorrow morning when you wake up next to me."

  1. West Hollywood
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The Bungalow

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Brent Bolthouse brings Hollywood to Santa Monica's Fairmont Hotel with this indoor/outdoor bar and lounge. Although an unexpected location, the Bungalow fills the Santa Monica nightlife void with a boho watering hole for both day and night imbibing. 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.

When to go: It's a weekend house-party Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
What to order for her: The name says it all—Bitchin' Sangria ($10).
What to order for him: Kick back with a Corona ($7) or Modelo ($8).
Pickup line: "The valet always parks my Prius in front. Want a ride?"

  1. Santa Monica
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Blind Barber

  • Price band: 2/4

A cut and a cocktail are easily found at this New York City export that launched in Culver City last year. The hidden (literally) gem is a barbershop by day and speakeasy by night, serving up some of the Westside’s tasty libations from former Library Bar barman Greg DeBolt, known for his bespoke 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).

When to go: Thursday nights for a live DJ and dancing
What to order for her: Make it an off-the-menu gin and ginger concoction, the Dillinger.
What to order for him: What Gen Y man could refuse the Batman?
Pickup line: "You wanna get drunk and take turns with the clippers?"

  1. Culver City
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The Otheroom

  • Price band: 2/4

With a prime spot on Abbot Kinney and an epic selection of craft 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.

When to go: Thursdays to Saturdays are prime nights for meeting and greeting.
What to order for her: What girl doesn't love bubbly?
What to order for him: Choices on tap are aplenty.
Pickup line: "Would you like to see my longboard?"

  1. Venice
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Eveleigh

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

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 one of barkeep John Senese’s signature cocktails and meet and mingle.

When to go: Stop by the Thursday night (5-9pm) farmer's market across the street beforehand and see that citrus go from farm to coupe. And don't miss Monday nights' guest bartender series.
What to order for her: Share a pitcher of the house lemonade ($43). Tequila meets its softer side with a chamomile infusion and mix of Cocchi Americano, triple sec, lemon and honey.
What to order for him: Order up a smokey, mescal-mixed drink and pray the man matches his libation.
Pickup line: "This place is so twee, it's like living inside Etsy. That means you'll love my crocheted condoms."

  1. West Hollywood
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Manhattan Beach Post

  • Price band: 2/4

The bro level is kept to a low because you are far, far away from Hollywood. And though 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.

When to go: Sunday brunch and pre-dinner cocktails
What to order for her: Mo-pho-jito ($12)—the classic is recreated with kaffir lime, mint, ginger and coriander honey—keeps things interesting.
What to order for him: One word: bacon, dusted in the bourbon-based Manhattan Avenue ($12).
Pickup line: "I'm going to play some six-man on the beach tomorrow if you want to join in. Wait. That doesn't sound right."

  1. Manhattan Beach
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Shorebar

  • Price band: 2/4

Ladies love Shorebar. With a tastefully designed, nautical-themed bar and better adult beverages (seasonal creations from mixologist Curtis Dean Harrier), the beachside watering hole aims to be a locals hangout—thanks to the bar’s members-only second floor and low-key vibe weeknights—but come Friday and Saturday, it’s near impossible to order a drink among the weekend meat-market of Hollywood mixed with the Westside crowd looking to meet Mr. or Ms. Right.

When to go: Whether you're getting over a "Bad Romance" or looking for some "Nookie," stop in for Tuesday night karaoke.
What to order for her: There's nothing like a Hot Sandy Beach ($15)—a mix of tequila, basil, jalapeño, lime—to get you feeling frisky.
What to order for him: Red Stripe, $3 at happy hour (Tue-Sat, 7-10pm)
Pickup line: "You'd look incredible next to my dinghy."

  1. Santa Monica
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  1. Westside
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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.

Best bar pickup lines



Blind Barber: "You wanna get drunk and take turns with the clippers?"

The Bungalow: "The valet always parks my Prius in front. Want a ride?"

Eveleigh: "This place is so twee, it's like living inside Etsy. That means you'll love my crocheted condoms."

Harvard & Stone: "You look like you could use some nam prik. I know a place right down the street..."

Las Perlas: "Like mezcal, most women consider me foreign, mysterious, and a little too smoky."

Laurel Hardware: "I see you're drinking a Fear & Loathing, which is exactly how you'll feel tomorrow morning when you wake up next to me."

MB Post: "I'm going to play some six-man on the beach tomorrow if you want to join in. Wait. That doesn't sound right."

The Otheroom: "Would you like to see my longboard?"

Rosewood Tavern: "Looks like neither of us could get into Animal tonight..."

Shorebar: "You'd look incredible next to my dinghy."

Thirsty Crow: "Girl, I bet you'd look good with a bottle of Old Grandad and some flannel lingerie."

As told by Jason Kessler