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Your favorite neighborhood watering hole might be great, but sometimes you're in the mood for a more intimate experience—and sometimes the bartenders want a chance to craft cocktails that take time and effort beyond what they can pull off at a larger bar. Thus the rise of bars within bars, more intimate spaces tucked away behind, above and below some of the best bars in L.A. The originals, including one that's among the oldest bars in Los Angeles, started their lives as actual Prohibition-era speakeasies, but most are newer spots that put their own spins on the idea with hidden doors and unmarked passages. We're letting you in on all their secrets here so you can look in-the-know (making these some pretty impressive bars in Los Angeles for a first date, if you ask us).