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The 13 best West Hollywood bars

Gearing up for a night out with friends? At these West Hollywood bars, you're going to have one helluva party.

By Erin Kuschner, Stephanie Breijo and Time Out contributors
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West Hollywood’s perfected the art of going out. Whether you’re gay or straight, a WeHo resident or just someone pretending to be one for the night, there’s always a party happening in this city-within-a-city. A vodka-happy, Russian-themed cocktail bar on a Monday night? Got it. A swanky rooftop bar for a weekend soirée? It’s here. Day drinking for days? West Hollywood’s got that, too. To help you choose your own liquid adventure, we’ve rounded up the best West Hollywood bars for cocktails—and food, too. Because hey, all of that drinking can work up an appetite, and this neighborhood has late-night and killer restaurants on every stretch.

The 13 best West Hollywood bars

Bibo Ergo Sum bar
Bibo Ergo Sum bar
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1. Bibo Ergo Sum

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Oay, let’s be clear: Bibo Ergo Sum resides in that strange liminal space just a couple (really, two) blocks south of West Hollywood but just a little north and west of Beverly Grove, but we’re hailing it as WeHo’s bar. And really, with a program designed by the team behind Normandie Club and Death & Co., could we have expected anything but the best? The setting is always stylish and disorienting in just the right way (is it the 1930s? The ’80s?) and the themed menus always delight. Currently, the cocktails revolve around a “Day in L.A.” motif, inspired by Venice Beach (refreshing), parking in K-town (“good luck”) and crossing Sepulveda (adventurous): this means cask-strength bourbon with banana and caramelized Coco Lopez; and California brandy with rum and pimento dram. In addition to some technique-heavy and always-delicious cocktails, no matter the menu’s theme, note that Bibo also offers some seriously fun bites, such as their own take on the Dodger dog, here made with pineapple chips and red onions.

Roger Room
Roger Room
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2. The Roger Room

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You see it on the coasters, you see it atop the foam on your drink: “YES.” It’s the unofficial ethos of Jared Meisler and Sean MacPherson’s high-minded cocktail bar, where it’s best to just go with the flow because everything off that order-by-the-spirit menu is going to be good. But first, you have to find it: Look for the neon “PSYCHIC” sign on La Cienega, then enter through a curtain to find a handful of seasonal cocktails in addition to classics-leaning drinks split into categories of sparkling, rum, tequila, whiskey, gin, vodka and even absinthe. The place fills up fast, so stop by early or late. It’s dimly lit and a perfect place to bring a date—or go solo and bring yourself on one.

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Employees Only LA
Employees Only LA
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3. Employees Only

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Perhaps the sleekest bar in all of Los Angeles, our own Employees Only gives the original NYC location a run for its money. The renowned and globally influential craft cocktail bar is now a WeHo tipples destination, which, much like in New York, features a fortune teller—a false-storefront ode to the speakeasies of Prohibition. Make your way to the curved bar or the sexy, amber-glowing dining room for trailblazing drinks and tableside bites in a Deco-inspired setting. Just don’t overlook Henry’s Room, the speakeasy within a speakeasy, accessed through a back wall.

Formosa Cafe bar Los Angeles West Hollywood
Formosa Cafe bar Los Angeles West Hollywood
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4. Formosa Café

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Thanks to a revamp from 1933 Group, this historic West Hollywood watering hole is back and better than ever. Little Fatty’s David Kuo provides a menu of Taiwanese dumplings, noodles and sizzling platters, while Chinatown’s gem of an ornate antique wooden bar—formerly of gone-but-not-forgotten Yee Mee Loo—sits as a centerpiece for fun, fruity and strong cocktails. There are tiki-inspired takes on the classics—Singapore slings, daisies and piña coladas, naturally—plus a handful of sake concoctions and straightforward bar stalwarts that’ll keep you, maybe literally, on the edge of your seat all night. The Formosa was a hangout of the Hollywood aristocracy during the ’40s and ’50s, many of whom watch over the bar via black-and-white headshots hung around the space—think of them as your new (old) drinking buddies.
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L.P. Rooftop Bar
L.P. Rooftop Bar
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5. E.P./L.P.

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There’s a party happening at the intersection of La Cienega and Melrose—and while everyone is invited, not everyone may feel comfortable posing in front of this rooftop bar’s iconic neon signs. And that’s okay; the too-cool crowd is only part of the appeal of L.P., which sits above Pan-Asian restaurant E.P. and sports a view so stellar and drinks so fun, you can drop by at any time and take it all in stride. The swanky, photo-ready, fun-loving clientele flock to the space on weekends and when the sun goes down for spiked bubble teas, inventive bar bites and outdoor movie screenings, not to mention a sweeping view of the Hollywood Hills.

6. Delilah

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The H.Wood Group is behind some of L.A.’s swankiest spots—the Nice Guy, Bootsy Bellows, Blind Dragon; you get the idea—and when it comes to WeHo, they more than brought their style to Delilah, a 1920s-inspired lounge serving shrimp cocktails, carrot soufflé and strip steaks along with all of the fancy cocktails. Tuck into a light red velvet booth, imagine you’ve traveled back a century to a windowless jazz joint, and if you’re feeling like a big spender, opt for the bottle service. You’ll probably see plenty of celebs here, but you’ll be more taken with the live entertainment and surprise acts that take place daily.

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7. The Surly Goat

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Imagine a sports bar but with heavy neighborhood vibes and a killer draft list. You’re in the Surly Goat now. With brewmaster Ryan Sweeney (Little Bear, Verdugo Bar, Der Wolf) at the helm, this craft beer bar more than meets expectations. Choose from over two dozen beers on tap and more than 40 rare and international bottles, and while you’ll find plenty of local breweries represented—Eagle Rock, Smog City, Ladyface Ale—and California breweries beyond L.A., you can also sip the finest from Bavaria, Belgium and beyond. Grab some brainy friends for your next visit, because Surly Goat also happens to host one of WeHo’s best trivia nights.

Laurel Hardware
Laurel Hardware
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8. Laurel Hardware

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Don’t let the signage fool you: Though it still looks like the historic hardware store that occupied the space for decades on the outside, on the inside, it’s all wood, WeHo’s late-night crowd and plenty of greenery. Sliding floor-to-ceiling windows open out onto the sidewalk and a tree-dotted back patio, where you can sip frozen cocktails such as lavender margaritas alfresco. The cocktails outshine the bites here, but when all of those seasonal, shaken drinks work up an appetite, there’s pizza, pasta, chicken wings, duck fried rice, bao buns and just about anything else you could crave on a night out.

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9. Saint Felix

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A forever-favorite among locals and an LGBTQ hang that feels just the right level of loud in all ways possible, St. Felix is as close to a neighborhood bar as it gets in West Hollywood. The wait staff is memorably friendly, the bartenders are expert mixologists and the bar’s daily happy hour is one of the best bargains on the boulevard. And did we mention they have a killer mac and cheese? Always buzzing but rarely uncomfortably overcrowded, St. Felix is the perfect place to go when you actually want to have a conversation with friends over a cocktail after work, especially on the patio, which fills up fast in great weather. No nightly dancers here—just good food and great drinks in a bordello-style setting that keeps all the cool kids coming back for more.

Bottled gin & tonic at Harlowe
Bottled gin & tonic at Harlowe
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10. Harlowe

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If the Formosa is all about Old Hollywood kitcsh, 1933 Group’s other WeHo spot, Harlowe, harkens back to the old-timey charm of the golden era of Hollywood. An old soda fountain replaces pop with booze, the floor is of French Moroccan tile, the beer taps are custom, the steel stools are repurposed, and everything is bathed in a sepia glow from the vintage light fixtures overhead. It’s the sort of thing the team behind Sassafras and Oldfield’s has down pat—that, and a solid post-prohibition drink program. Slick-haired mixologists serve sazeracs in bottles and old-fashioneds pour from the draft lines, so find your seat in the roomy joint or on that verdant patio and stay awhile.

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11. The Abbey

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There are countless gay bars in West Hollywood (you can find many of ’em included in our guide to L.A.’s best gay bars) but the Abbey consistently attracts people from every sexual orientation and every neighborhood of L.A. This is the neighborhood’s proudest and always-buzzing go-to—that, plus a little reality TV show, might explain the long lines on the weekends to get into this complex boasting multiple full bars, lots of dancing, an adjacent space (dubbed “the Chapel”) and a Gothic-meets-Mediterranean design for indoor-outdoor perfection, wherever you choose to perch/drink/brunch/dance. 

12. Doheny Room

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Doheny Room looks like the typical Hollywood Hills house party with homey furniture, trendy photographs adorning the walls and beautiful people lingering in every room, but this restaurant, bar and lounge gets even wilder. With DJ sets galore and one of the strip’s more fashionable guest lists, Doheny Room hails from the same group that brought us Katsuya and The Bazaar by José Andrés—meaning, of course, it’s Instagrammable-everything (walls, floors, wagyu cheeseburger, you name it) make Doheny Room the one stop shop for all your L.A. nightlife needs. Settle in with a cocktail, a few sliders to split and a goal of spotting at least a couple celebs.

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13. Bar Lubitsch

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Although there’s a pronounced Russian theme at this bar, the crowd here is as diverse as Los Angeles itself. Patrons come here mostly for vodka (you can order an excellent Moscow mule or martini here), but it’s also just as popular for its dancefloor. DJs spin almost every night, and local musicians, cabaret dancers and comedians make regular appearances throughout the week. The décor is heavy on the kitsch—expect plenty of communist memorabilia—but the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable in every other way.

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Rooftop lounge at Andaz West Hollywood
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