A cut and a cocktail are easily found at this New York City export that made its West Coast debut in Culver City, then cropped up in Highland Park. The hidden (literally) gems are a barbershop by day and a speakeasy by night, serving up some tasty libations. In Culver City, nearby locals like the hip Venice crowd mix with those simply looking for a quality quaff (and, hopefully, someone to share it with). In Highland Park, the vibe is laid-back and no-fuss, echoing this location’s cool, ’70s-inspired decor—which makes it an ideal spot to casually buy someone a drink.
Dating in L.A. can be just as tough as being single in L.A., but there are plenty of other Angelenos riding solo who feel your pain (and could use a stiff drink). From beachside hangouts to happy hour spots, L.A.’s bars are full of other singles ready to mingle. For a sense of class, stop into a wine bar filled with friendly faces and strike up a conversation about your favorite bottle or glass, or stop into an old-school bar for a pinball tournament (which is maybe one of the greatest icebreakers ever?). We’ve done some hopping around at the city’s buzziest watering holes—namely, some of the best cocktail bars—to bring you the scoop on the where singles dating in L.A. can find Mr. or Ms. Right (or, let’s be honest, your next hookup).
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