Quantifying the best of anything is a dicey endeavor. Whether it be dive bars or gay bars or strip clubs, the best places for you will, of course, depend on your taste. (Many of these lists will be available via the Weekly's new “Best Of” mobile app, by the way).
When we wrote about the “10 Bars Most Likely to Get You Laid in L.A.” we were called out and questioned a lot in the comments section, with attractiveness of patrons the biggie. We never promised Victoria's Secret Angels or David Beckham look-alikes, folks.
We're not making any guarantees with this list, either. Some guys like earthy natural beauties, some like tattooed punkettes, some dig curvy Latinas, while many are into lanky blondes. (Were you thinking of the Stones' song “Some Girls,” too?) Being genetically — or surgically — blessed is one thing, and in L.A., there's a bounty of both. But “hot” is ultimately about attitude, heart and mind; how you carry yourself and put yourself together.
Still, as the Weekly's nightlife prowler-at-large, we do tend to notice a predominance of pretty things at certain night spots. Since we shoot a weekly slideshow, we have to be on the lookout, after all. The following bars always seem to have gal gaggles with moxie and allure — L.A. women we like to look at and boys go to the bars to meet in the first place.
Note: This one's about celebrating allure, not objectifying. Please refrain from the anonymous hater comments, unless you're an ugly, lonely loser who knows you could never, EVER get any of these babes in real life, even with lame lines and tons of liquor. And ladies, a list of hot boy bars is coming soon…
10. W Hotel (Living Room Lounge)
It's a no-brainer. Hotels always have hotties, and if the hotel is trendy and visually appealing, the guests usually follow suit. Unlike the rooftop mayhem of Drai's, which can be random on weekends, the W Hotel's Living Room Lounge attracts a more exclusive, usually sexy and sophisticated scene queen.
9. La Descarga
The Havana speakeasy es muy caliente, especially when dancers come out and interact with patrons at the tables and atop the bar. La Descarga might be on a sketchy street and pretty hidden (you enter through a faux armoir door) but inside, it's a bold place. Guests are encouraged to dress up, so you'll see vixens rocking fierce vintage frocks and femme fatale makeup often.
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Boardner's has an adjoining nightclub that features some of the liveliest alternative dance nights in town, from goth to retro to indie/electro. The gals who come here are on the young side (some nights are 18-and-over) and they often are wearing things that mama surely would not approve of. To be safe, moves should only be made on the cuties who wander into the next-door bar, which is over-21.
Thankfully, Skinny's Lounge doesn't live up to its name when it comes to the ladies. The gals here tend to be Bettie Page types many nights, thanks to the bevy of burlesque showcased. Victory Variety Hour nights in particular offer some the sexiest (and most subversive) eye candy in town.
6. El Cid
Though it closed down recently, El Cid is back and it's sultrier than ever. It may not be packing in half-naked boy toys with raging dance clubs, but the entertainment, food and band bookings, now done by Foodchain Records peeps, is seeing the s(ass) return to Silver Lake.
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5. Beauty Bar
This one's still a beaut, albeit an older one. Beauty Bar, the bar responsible for the vamping of Cahuenga Boulevard, still attracts fancy females of the rock-chick ilk, some looking for manicures and some just men.
Boho babes and creative types tend to dig this literary-themed liquor house, named after Ernest Hemingway. The Hemingway's door is somewhat selective, so you aren't likely to see any Snooki look-alikes here.
3. Harvard & Stone
Harvard & Stone, formerly known as Stone bar, has become hipster central lately with bands and DJs that reside in nearby Silver Lake, Echo Park and Hollywood. The women who frequent the place tend to be effortlessly beautiful cool chicks, the kind who look like they threw on whatever was lying on the floor, ran their fingers through their hair and smeared on eye makeup while driving to the bar. We love them and we hate them.
2. Bar Marmont at the Chateau Marmont
Sad Lindsay Lohan hauntings aside, drinks at Chateau always yield some ogle-worthy Miss Thing, famous or not. At the adjacent Bar Marmont, the crowd is artier and a bit less Hollywood, brimming with the types of gals who likely work behind the camera, styling and making up celebs to look as cool as they are.
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1. Standard Hotel Downtown (rooftop)
With summer rapidly approaching, The Standard Downtown will once again be a DJ-fueled hub of hotness. This bar and its bodacious pool parties are what many L.A. chicas think of while sweating it out at the gym, including yours truly. (We will look good in our cut-out one-piece and heels this year!) Of course, some more free-spirited chickees — like the ones pictured — just opt to strip to their undies. On the dance floor or by the pool, the females here give the Los Angeles skyline a run for its money.