The Best Pre-Show Meet-Up Spots in Los Angeles

Planning on seeing a show in L.A. and making a night of it? Whether you’re on a date, hanging out with buds, or flying solo, here are some of our picks for fun spots near your designated venue.


The Wiltern

Open ’til midnight every night, Southland Beer (740 S Western #112) offers a huge draught list. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, XIII Social Clubar (3514 W 8th St) has great cocktails, karaoke, and solid DJ sets. Trying to get a classic Koreatown bite? Road to Seoul (1230 S Western) and Hae Jang Chon Korean BBQ Restaurant (3821 W 6th St) are worth visiting.


The Hollywood Palladium

If you’re feeling some stir-fry before the show, The Original Hoy-Ka Thai Noodles (5908 Sunset Blvd) is a great option, but if an enormous list of tantalizing burgers and worldly beers is more your speed, try Stout Burgers and Beers (1544 N Cahuenga Blvd). If you just want to hang, drink, and listen to some classic vinyls, check out Sunset & Vinyl (1521 Vine St).


The Forum

One of L.A. Weekly’s favorite spots in this area is Three Weavers (1031 W Manchester Blvd A-B), a brewing company where you’ll find at least a dozen original beers, from saisons to—take a deep breath—a bourbon-barrel-aged imperial porter with vanilla and lactose. Market Street Bar & Grill (244 S Market St) is another great choice, with plenty of elevated, drool-worthy bar food.


The Greek Theater

Big Bar (1927 Hillhurst Ave) stays true to its word: The bar menu is huge. With options like truffle fries and crab toast, this is a worthwhile stop. Otherwise, meet up at Jacknife Records & Tapes (3149 Glendale Blvd) and pick up an LP by your favorite group. Who knows, maybe you’ll get it signed at the show.


Hollywood Bowl

If your night calls for something a bit upscale, you won’t do better than Musso & Frank Grill (6667 Hollywood Blvd), a super famous L.A. restaurant serving spectacular American food. Otherwise, hit up 25º (7000 Hollywood Blvd), a swank hotel bar and burger joint that’s open 24 hours a day, making it the perfect place to go for a late-night drink or bite. If you just want to chill with a margarita and some solid Mexican food, head to Loteria Grill (6627 Hollywood Blvd).


The Regent, DTLA

Clifton’s Cafeteria (648 S Broadway) is only open a few nights a week, but it’s worth it for the old-timey vibe and wildly cool drinks. Otherwise, swing by The Love Song Bar (446 S Main) to enjoy a great happy hour in their attractive, wood-laden space. Oh, and they play vinyl records.


The Belasco Theater

Check out one of L.A.’s best beer bars in Mikkeller DTLA (330 W Olympic Blvd), which serves imported beer from around the world, including, of course, their own. The Stocking Frame (911 South Hill Street) is a superb joint with good pub food; its killer late-night pizza special ($10 Neapolitans) makes it a perfect post-show hangout spot.


The Fonda Theatre

If you dig historic dive bars, Frolic Room (6245 Hollywood Blvd) is your move—they’re open late and offer good, strong drinks. For a solid menu with vegan-friendly eats, visit Blue Palms Brewhouse (6124 Hollywood Blvd), which has a nice tap list that’s rotated daily and is situated just off the venue’s lobby. If you’re nearby on a Thursday night, hit Tabula Rasa Bar (5125 Hollywood Blvd) for its weekly La Morra Pizzeria pop-up featuring a seasonal rotation of toppings and fire-roasted chili peppers from a mobile brick oven.

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