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12 Bars with Great Live Music in Los Angeles

Hayley Sales performs at The Mint|© Justin Higuchi / Flickr
Hayley Sales performs at The Mint|© Justin Higuchi / Flickr
While Los Angeles doesn’t skimp on gorgeous theaters, massive arenas, outdoor amphitheaters, and legendary Sunset Strip rock venues, sometimes you just want to wander into an uncomplicated watering hole with a live band. For those casual nights out, here are 12 bars that are sure to enchant both your taste buds and your ears.

Casey's Irish Pub

Bar, Pub, Nightclub, Irish, $$$
Casey's Irish Bar
Casey's Irish Bar | Courtesy of 213 Hospitality
Dark and cozy Casey’s began its life in 1916 as a Turkish bath house but has been an Irish pub since the late 1960s. Score traditional Irish fare, whiskey and beer, or play a game of darts or billiards. On weekend nights, expect the stage to come alive with live rock, indie, or folk music.
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bluewhale

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Nightclub, American, $$$
Opened by jazz singer Joon Lee in 2009, bluewhale is hidden on the third floor of the Weller Court Plaza in Little Tokyo. Guests can grab some food or a cocktail from the bar area (which has a fine selection of whiskey, scotch, and bourbon) before heading over to the performance area, where seats come in the form of cubes spread throughout the space.
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The Three Clubs

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Nightclub, American, $$$
Three Clubs
Three Clubs | © Joe Cantor
Three Clubs is a dark and sultry Hollywood bar, done up in red and black. They offer craft cocktails at the bar, and a stage in the back features live music, comedy, burlesque and theatrical performances every night of the week. If the bar looks familiar, it might be because it’s from the 1996 comedy Swingers.
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Harvard & Stone

Bar, Coffee Shop, Pub Grub, American, $$$
The eccentric interior
The eccentric interior | © Tiki Ti
Harvard & Stone maintains a vintage, WWII-era feel while slinging classic cocktails in the front and new concoctions at their “R&D Bar” in the back. There’s plenty of space among the bar’s two stories and multiple lounge areas, but the stage area gets crowded during the regular live performances. Bookings include rock, blues, country, folk, rockabilly, indie, and a regular burlesque show backed by a live band.
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Sassafras Saloon

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Nightclub, Pub Grub, American, $$$
Sassafras Saloon
Sassafras Saloon | Courtesy of Danielle Bernabe
Sassafras may be located in Hollywood, but the atmosphere inside hints at an Old West saloon deep in the Bayou. Craft cocktails and vintage decor are the pull for happy hour crowds, yet it’s the live jazz, blues and occasional DJ that make Sassafras an ideal nighttime haunt.
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Cody's Viva Cantina

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Grace Kelly performs at the Catalina in an episode of Bosch
Grace Kelly performs at the Catalina in an episode of Bosch | Courtesy of Amazon
Cody’s Viva Cantina offers Mexican fare, margaritas, and free parking for both cars and horses. The real draw to this Country-Western bar is the live music. Catch country, big band, jazz, bluegrass, rockabilly, and garage rock acts – many of them free.
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