Cocktail Confidential: A Guide To Los Angeles Nightlife

Neo-speakeasies, reservation-only drinking dens, hidden dance clubs—the hottest Los Angeles nightspots have an air of secrecy. Allow us to let you in on Los Angeles nightlife’s little secrets.

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La Descarga

La Descarga
La Descarga

First, you have to find La Descarga’s storefront—next door to a taco stand, on a block on the edge of Hollywood that looks nothing like a destination. Step inside, march up the staircase, and walk into … an office. Then, with a knowing smile, a babely hostess throws open a pair of wardrobe doors to reveal the entrance for this otherworldly, Cuban-styled rum bar. Bartenders busy themselves muddling lime and sugar for mojitos while patrons, who mind the upscale dress code, look on. A jazz band and dancer, who performs hourly, entertain on the walkway above; an open-air cigar lounge in back provides another hangout space. 1159 Western Ave., Hollywood, 323.466.1324.


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