Nightlife with a touch of refinement is what you'll experience when you frequent Los Angeles's best cocktail lounges. These upscale places lend themselves to sophisticated evenings out, and their stylish furnishings and interiors promote conversation and relaxation. For a taste of what Los Angeles offers, visit Velvet Margarita Cantina, which is known for its inventive cocktails, or lounge about in Lucky Strike Lanes Hollywood and discover the ambience that 10Best users appreciate. A great place for a date or an after-hours business meet-up.



This martini bar asserts that it invented the green apple martini, and if tart's your style, you'll definitely want to sample one. If you're looking for other flavors, try the "key lime pie" or the "red caramel apple" with its dose of...  Read More

Sherman Oaks
Rive Gauche


Besides delicious takes on traditional French dishes, reliable Rive Gauche has a cozy, inviting lounge, which is perfect for an after-work drink or as a destination for a weekend evening. Choose a bottle from the extensive wine list, or simply...  Read More



While La Boheme as a restaurant is known for its elaborate chandeliers, roaring fireplace, lengthy drapes, and touches of Gothic decor, it's also a terrific place to have drinks. Bar Tosca delivers a range of specialty cocktails, which patrons...  Read More

Manhattan Beach
Side Door


It might be hard to find this tiny spot – with no sign advertising its presence, you have to look carefully to identify the renovated house that Side Door calls home. Once inside, you'll be glad you searched out the place. Large, high-backed...  Read More

Moonshadows Blue Lounge


Though this lounge demands a bit of a drive out of the city, those who make the trek are amply rewarded by a pleasant, open-air space that extends over the water, providing stunning views of surf and sun. DJs spin a mesmerizing accompaniment of...  Read More

La Cienega Corridor
KOI Los Angeles


Rubbing shoulders with Hollywood's elite is a given here, so play it cool as you sip sake at this hopelessly hip lounge. Whether you're having a few cocktails before tucking into some of the city's finest (and most expensive) sushi or just...  Read More



Folks congregate at Lucky Strike to eat, drink, dance, play billiards, and, of course, bowl. Ten-pin is just part of the scene; the colorful, mod lounge attracts a fair share of devotees who recline on streamlined, '60s-style furniture and rest...  Read More

Mixville Bar at Edendale Grill


Situated in an old firehouse, Mixville Bar boasts one of the most comfortable and attractive lounges in the city. The building's original pressed tin ceiling and fire truck doors add priceless ambience while newer additions like the 38-foot...  Read More

Velvet Margarita Cantina


Over-the-top Mexican kitsch decor distinguishes this trendy hangout. Bleeding heart and skeleton motifs, red velvet booths, and projected black-and-white Mexican films contribute to an atmosphere that's half Day of the Dead, half cartoon....  Read More

Chateau Marmont Lounge


The lobby lounge of this Sunset Strip institution attracts an equal mix of celebrities and star-gazers; both are drawn to the gracious, expansive room with its arched windows and beamed ceiling. Surprisingly comfortable couches invite you to sit...  Read More