The Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles is popular with beer lovers and wine connoisseurs. The variety of bars appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds, whether they’re looking to dress up or dress down. Whether you’re an occasional drinker or an expert bar hopper, check out The Culture Trip’s guide to the 10 best bars in Los Feliz.
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Bar Covell, a popular wine bar located on Hollywood Boulevard, offers a cozy atmosphere along with a wide selection of wines. The bar’s menu includes 150 wines, sold by the glass, along with an array of food options. The friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help find the best wine selection for your taste, whether you are a connoisseur or a beginner. If you enjoy an enthusiastic, warm ambiance with an attentive staff, Covell is the perfect spot to grab a glass of quality wine, paired with a dish like the croque monsieur.
Attached to the Alcove Cafe on Hillhurst, Big Bar is a quaint little bar offering wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. Big Bar serves all of the classic favorites along with a few new creations. Try the ‘Beau Gest Fizz’ complete with gin, Bols Yogurt, egg white, lime, and Pernod. Big Bar also cooks small plates to complement the drinks — perfect if you’re not up for a full meal at Alcove.
Harvard & Stone has an industrial den feel and live music attracts a wide variety of patrons. The drink menu includes the usual choices but also adds twists like the ‘Summer Old Fashioned,’ which includes coffee extract. The live performances feature DJs, bands, and even burlesque shows.
The family-owned Tiki-Ti Bar on Sunset Boulevard offers an alternative experience to the typical night out in Los Angeles. This famous, tropical Los Angeles bar offers an assortment of fun drinks, from ‘Dr. Funk’ to ‘Ray’s Mistake.’ The vibe is quirky and energetic, with a family feel. For a drink with a kick and a unique bit of Los Angeles history, stop by Tiki-Ti Wednesday through Saturday.
Although Spitz is known for its kebabs and wraps, this Middle Eastern–inspired food joint includes a bar at its Los Feliz location on Hillhurst Avenue. The bar has a great selection of beers on tap, cocktails, wine, and sangria. As an added bonus for Sinatra fans, some of the wood paneling on the interior was reclaimed from Frank Sinatra’s home. Try the Street Cart Döner wrap with falafel paired with the house sangria.
Open since 1954, the Dresden provides a classy experience with amazing food, live music, and drinks. This Los Angeles landmark serves classic American food, including seafood, pasta, and steak. The lounge area is an excellent place to catch live jazz music and enjoy a few drinks. For a stiff drink, try the ‘Blood and Sand,’ blended in a martini glass.
Ye Rustic Inn is an essential stop for dive bar lovers. Located on Hillhurst Avenue, Ye Rustic Inn is a gritty bar with plenty of character. Don’t be fooled: this is not the typical sports bar, despite the famous wings and other greasy bar food. Complete with a jukebox and full bar menu, Ye Rustic Inn is perfect for a less formal night out. The homey bar also hosts live music, karaoke, bingo, and trivia. Stop by and try the Hot Toddy (bourbon, hot water, lemon, and honey) if you’re feeling cold.
Looking to avoid the usual fancy, overpriced bars of the Westside? Try the Drawing Room. This neighborhood favorite encourages the day drinker in you, open from 6am to 2pm everyday. The friendly staff and classic jukebox are sure to satisfy the crowds. Try the classic bloody Mary.
The Hyperion Tavern features a wall of books and has live music, DJs, and unique events. The Hyperion Tavern is a bar with great brews and a lively crowd. Sit down with a Hoegaarden or ask a bartender for a recommendation.
This Asian-inspired bar is a great find. The awesome staff and quirky vibe make for a great dive bar and lounge. The adventurous should try the Scholar, a rum-based cocktail served out of a cup shaped like an angry man’s head. This potent potion certainly packs a punch.