Predating the Santa Monica Pier itself, this now-kitschy sports bar has been a beachfront institution for over a century—in fact, it’s so old-school that they didn’t even get their first icebox until 1913. It’s not necessarily a spot you’ll seek out for the mixology, but enjoy the sunshine, ocean breeze and sense that you’re hanging out in a spot that's hosted 100-plus years of Angelenos who came before you.
When we’re out for a drink, you’ll usually find us at one of the best cocktail bars in L.A., but sometimes we’re looking for something a little more old school. To marvel at the city's short (yet long) history, we like to stop by a few of the oldest bars in L.A., all of which have stuck around long enough and become essential museums of local culture. From Downtown bars to Hollywood and beyond, these places will let you step back in time for the night—or at least until you’ve finished a cocktail or three.