Somehow, Bar Bandini manages to simultaneously accomplish cool and cozy, providing a unique inventory and ambiance that not only wows on arrival, but invites you to stay for more more flirting, that is. The hidden literally gems are a barbershop by day and a speakeasy by night, serving up some tasty libations, including farm-to-table cocktails. In Culver City, nearby locals like the hip Venice crowd mix with those simply looking for a quality quaff and, hopefully, someone to share it with. Think: tree house hideaway by the Pacific, clad with an outdoor fire pit, ocean views, a pool table, dart boards, a ping-pong table and pricey specialty drinks that set the mood and get you in the mood for a Baja getaway. Did Edendale put a call-out for singles or something? Every time we stop by this Silver Lake staple, the bar is full of dudes and dudettes but mostly dudes sipping on a glass of whiskey or wine all by their lonesome.
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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. 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.
For as social as this city can be, too many bars tend to be too cliquey, too loud, too sectioned-off by booths, and generally not conducive to talking to anyone other than who you showed up with. From karaoke to line dancing to full-scale bocce ball, LA has some great bars where you might actually be able to mix it up with some relative strangers. Here are the 23 best places to make that happen. It gets rowdy here, but no one is faceplanting on the bar. But if visions of secret entrances and flapper girls twirling from the ceiling are flowing through your head right now, take a pause.