Hear our news on-air at our partner site:. Live Stream Schedule In Person. It's Saturday night and you want to meet someone new. You could swipe right on Tinder until someone agrees to go out, or perhaps you could put your fate in the universe's hands. While some neighborhoods cater to rowdy nights—West Hollywood and Hollywood, we're looking at you—we've got our favorite bars for striking up conversation with strangers As always, feel free to leave yours in the comments below.
Jumbo's Clown Room Sure, going to a burlesque bar might not seem like a great idea when you're trying to hook up, but rest assured, Jumbo's is special.
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What's a better way to get to know someone than by sliding up next to them at the rail and taking turns tossing dollar bills on the stage? Jumbo's is a Hollywood institution, doesn't have a cover and the drink prices are better than some of those trendy Hollywood hotel bars. Plus, the women who dance here are all insanely talented, beautiful, fun and pick their own songs on an analog jukebox. This is a great place to meet new folks of any persuasion.
Jumbo's Clown Room is located at Hollywood Blvd.
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Ye Rustic Inn Oftentimes, our favorite neighborhood dive bar ends up being the landing pad after a night out with buddies or even alone. Ye Rustic Inn lends itself to being the perfect storm to meet someone new because of the frenetic energy, the dim lighting, the laid-back attitude and the heavy pours.
The bar brings out people from all walks of life including many a celebrity spotting and it's easy to strike up a conversation with a guest or bartender, or a casual sports watcher, because everyone seems at least a little tipsy and uninhibited. Ye Rustic Inn is located at Hillhurst Ave. Every one of these bottles will lead to a good choice Photo via Facebook. Birds We have it on strong authority that Birds has been a decent spot to meet available strangers.
The bar usually gets a little congested at night, so there are plenty of chances to bump into a new person. They also have an outdoor patio that offers a breath of fresh air, or a place to sit and get to know a new friend. Birds is located at Franklin Ave. Good Times at Davey Wayne's As the name of the bar suggests, you can have a pretty good time at this Hollywood hangout.
We've seen folks mingle around this indoor and outdoor '70s-themed bar, striking up conversations left and right with strangers. The vibe is so casual here as if you're just hanging out at a house party, so people feel more inclined to come up and talk to each other. Some of the spots in the bar that are perfect for meeting people include the dimly-lit, couch-filled living room, dark hallway and refreshing outdoor patio that's makes it feel like you're at your friend's BBQ.
Plus, with the nightly entertainment shows, people end up shifting around the bar to check it out instead of staying locked in one corner, so you'll have the chance to see different people throughout the night.
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Much like the other karaoke dives—like Brass Monkey and R Bar, two worthy K-Town contenders—Backstage has the ability to fuel both bad singing and bad decisions. This Culver City spot has stiff drinks, happy hour every day from 4 p.
Win over potential suitors with your best pop karaoke, and expect the crowd to dance along with you. If you want to sing, be sure to up early!
Backstage Bar is located at Culver Blvd. The Eagle Photo via The Eagle. The Eagle Looking for a place to wear your leather?
Check out the Eagle, Silver Lake's gay leather bar. There's gay porn on the TV and they have cheap beer on Tuesdays. What more do you need?
A patio? Well, they have one of those too. They also have nights with names like Sunday Swap Meat and Meat Rack, and if you think that their event Cub Scout sounds wholesome, you probably don't belong there.
Boardners Photo via Facebook. Boardners The thing about Boardners in Hollywood is that you can meet many types of people here. You can choose the more traditional front bar, order a bit of food, have a few drinks and see who you meet. Or, head down the alley and check out the B52 Club.
On Saturdays, expect the goths and kinksters to show up for Bar Sinister. You'll find the type that like to be tied up upstairs. Boardners is located at N Cherokee Ave. A toasty, cozy neighborhood dive Photo via Facebook. The Chimneysweep Find this cozy neighborhood dive tucked in a Studio City strip mall. It has cheap drinks, dim lighting, plenty of bar seating and plush booths.
Get yourself some free popcorn and indulge in some neighborhood karaoke, a friendly game of pool or conversation. This bar is quiet during the day, but always happening at night. And their beer selection isn't too shabby. The Chimneysweep is located at Woodman Ave. Smog Cutter With cheap drinks, sweaty karaoke sessions and close, crowded quarters, Smog Cutter serves up a dive bar recipe for all kinds of late-night shenanigans. While long-time characters—which once reportedly included Bukowski—post up at the bar and around the pool table, as the night wears on the crowds of skinny-jeaned and somethings pack the room.
As the night wears on, the drinks flow and the performances become more raucous, the odds of sharing an Uber ride with someone from The Cuttter tend to increase exponentially. The Bungalow This sprawling, multi-room beachside bar offers plenty of cozy nooks and bohemian-inspired charm to inspire a summer fling—even in the middle of winter.
Whether you're sipping potent mezcal cocktails around a firepit on the outdoor patio, getting your heart-racing over a game of ping-pong, or nestled on one of the blanket-wrapped couches inside one of the many rooms of this beachside hangout, there are plenty of opportunities to find an intimate moment. And if things go really well, you're already on the grounds of the Fairmont Miramar hotel—so, there's that.
Sure, things can get a bit douche-y on some weekend nights, but hey, nobody said a hook-up bar should be a completely classy destination. Support for LAist comes from. Become a sponsor. LAist logo. We Explain L. The Brief.
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