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Little Joy Cocktails

Bars, Dive bars Echo Park
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
 (Photograph: Molly Cranna)
Photograph: Molly CrannaLittle Joy Bar
 (Photograph: Molly Cranna)
Photograph: Molly CrannaLittle Joy Bar
 (Photograph: Molly Cranna)
Photograph: Molly CrannaLittle Joy Bar
 (Photograph: Molly Cranna)
Photograph: Molly CrannaLittle Joy Bar
 (Photograph: Molly Cranna)
Photograph: Molly CrannaLittle Joy Bar

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Revamped, refurbished and under new management, this former dive bar brings a little bit more joie de vivre (and upgraded digs) to Echo Park. There are concrete floors, a pool table, newly lacquered parquet wood bar and very clean bathrooms. For locals, this watering hole might be the best pickup spot on the Eastside. When the bar’s coveted seats (14 in total) are taken and the only two booths in the joint are at capacity, standing room allows for old-fashioned mingling in the fairly small space and a game of pool—get your name on the signup chalkboard early. The drink menu is straightforward—full bar with standard bottle selections—with eight beers on tap, including a brew called the "Glutenator" for gluten-free imbibers. Don’t ask if they make "cocktails"—you’ll be met with a blank stare before the bartender turns to take someone else’s order.



Good for: Cheap drinks, a sporting round of pool and an escape from the craft cocktails, craft beer, craft-everything scene.

The scene: There's not much on the part of the staff or bar-goers to hurry anything along. Expect a fairly chill, no frills, live-in-the-moment vibe.

The playlist: Records play guitar, rock, jazz and an eternally morphing soundtrack.

Drink this: Do it up properly with a $10 pilsner or lager plus a well shot at happy hour special (5-9pm) or order a pint of what's on the tap. The rotating selection of eight could include Ommegang White Tulip ($6) or Torre Oria Brut Cava ($7), both available when we visited.

By: Jonathan Cristaldi



Address: 1477 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Daily 5pm-2am
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Users say (5)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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I got called out for telling the DJ at Little Joy at 1477 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 for taking bribes on 1-31-18 for charging $10 for having a girl sing song on karaoke night, and I got kicked out, This place is not a placed I'd recommend whatsoever.

Sexy-cool place with a low-key vibe. I went earlier in the night and the bar counter was already full with people. The pool table is a fun touch.

This spot is very low key and inexpensive, which makes it perfect for those late night drink sessions with a big group of friends. It's right on Sunset Blvd close to restaurants and food trucks in case you need some grub in between all that alcohol.


Little Joy is a solid go-to dive for Echo Park residents, though I don't think it has as much to offer as The Short Stop down the street. The bartenders are amicable and the beer selection is great, but they don't have a juke box or much else to keep you entertained. If you're looking for just a beer and some conversation, Little Joy will do.