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

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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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Harvard & Stone

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Harvard & Stone, a bar focused on serving craft cocktails made from American distilleries, is an easy-to-like, neighborhood spot in Thai Town conceived by the Houston Brothers of La Descarga and Pour Vous fame. The drinkery itself—a sizeable triangular-shaped, front main bar and a tiny back bar, R&D, with ever-changing cocktails—bears a gritty, industrial look and feel, perhaps why it caters to a predominantly male crowd. (The sort of male crowd outfitting skinny jeans and mustaches.)

When to go: Nightly performances of live music and burlesque make for good who-needs-to-talk, people-watching any night of the week.
What to order for her
: Impress her with the guest bartender's choice at the back R&D bar.
What to order for him: Make it an oldie but goodie with a house original cocktail like Baby's First Bourbon ($11), a mix of Bulleit bourbon, orgeat, lemon and Angostura bitters.
Pickup line: "You look like you could use some nam prik. I know a place right down the street..."

  1. Hollywood
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Thirsty Crow

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This popular Silver Lake haunt specializes in whiskies—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).

When to go: Unless you're into elbow-to-elbow grease, avoid weekends.
What to order for her: While Whiskey may seem like a man's drink, the ladies of the land can order sweeter drinks like an Apple Pie Manhattan ($12) and Hot Spiced Cider ($12).
What to order for him: The namesake cocktail ($12) is a mix of rye Whiskey, ginger beer, citrus and a secret ingredient—magic.
Pickup line: "Girl, I bet you'd look good with a bottle of Old Grandad and some flannel lingerie."

  1. Silver Lake
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Las Perlas

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If you like tequila, then you will 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 mescal, the DTLA watering hole attracts more of the Varnishcrowd 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.

When to go: Friday and Saturday nights for a live DJ and dancing
What to order for her: It's down the rabbit hole with 400 Rabbits ($13), a concoction of tequila, port wine syrup, egg whites, lime and Pinot Noir.
What to order for him: Geek out on all things distilled and smoky with a mescal flight ($20).
Pickup line: "Like mezcal, most women consider me foreign, mysterious and a little too smoky."

  1. Downtown
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The Hermosillo

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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. 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.

When to go: Weekends
What to order for her: Vino
What to order for him: Geek out on the rotating craft beer selection projected behind the bar.
Pickup line: "That's a hot ombre, lady hombre."

  1. Highland Park
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Rosewood Tavern

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A vast Whiskey selection, 28 craft beers on tap and elevated pub fare are what draw locals (particularly the men) to Fairfax’s Rosewood Tavern. The dark watering hole—a long bar spans almost the entire length of the space and a long communal table claims prime seating in the center of the room—was designed to facilitate socialization.

When to go: Whether it's weekend brunch, after-work beer and bites or Saturday night boozin', there are singles to see and be seen by.
What to order for her: Why stop at one, when you can opt for a four-beer flight ($13)?
What to order for him: Steak + Manhattan. Enough said.
Pickup line: "Looks like neither of us could get into Animal tonight..."

  1. Mid-City West
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The Pikey

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Sean MacPherson of the Roger Room and Bar Lubitschhas 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.

When to go: Escape the scene at the nearby Strip on weekends and Sunday fun days aka brunch.
What to order for her: If you're looking for an English Rose—The Twiggy ($13).
What to order for him: Whiskey, and lots of it, with more than 50 bottles to choose from.
Pickup line: "I'm going to get all the Batmans at Hollywood & Highland to serenade you."

  1. Hollywood
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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