Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting

  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting

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    Go star-spotting at these glam hangouts.

    From October 2013 By

    When the stars come out at night in Los Angeles, they favor the crème de la crème of the city’s bars and lounges. Young Hollywood hot spots fluctuate, but these enduring picks are always pretty good bets for celeb sightings. Plus, they’re places where mere mortals can actually get in.

  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting: Bar Marmont

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    Bar Marmont

    The moody décor at this storied hotel lounge (French château meets taxidermist den—note the stuffed peacock and monarch butterflies) pulls celebs into its dark corners. The likes of Carey Mulligan, Lindsay Lohan, Johnny Depp, and Leonardo DiCaprio have been spotted here knocking back classic cocktails and nibbling upscale bar bites like bacon-wrapped bourbon apples.

  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting: Katsuya

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    Katsuya

    Hollywood loves its sushi, especially when it comes in as glam a package as this Philippe Starck–designed bar/resto. You might spy starlets like Jessica Simpson, Ashley Tisdale, and Miley Cyrus or leading men like Mark Wahlberg while sipping watermelon cucumber mojitos in the bar or sampling Katsuya Uechi’s spicy tuna beneath the oversize geisha-lip art. Additional locations in Brentwood, Downtown, and Glendale.

  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting: The Brig

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    The Brig

    This gussied-up former dive bar is a community watering hole within a pretty exceptional (star-studded!) community. Along with Abbot Kinney hipsters and post-beach revelers, you might also spot notables like Laura Dern, Josh Brolin, Ben Harper, and Samantha Ronson as they relax with a beer, shoot some pool, or groove to the lively DJ.

  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting: The Polo Lounge

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    The Polo Lounge

    In this refined lounge’s Golden Age heyday, the Rat Pack and young ingenues like Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor gathered here for both romance and dealmaking. Deep booths and dim lighting preserve the glamorous Old Hollywood feel, while the current cast of patrons might include Mary Louise Parker, Natalie Portman, or Dita Von Teese.

  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting: The Tower Bar

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    The Tower Bar

    Housed in Bugsy Siegel’s old apartment in what’s now the Sunset Tower Hotel, this retro-Moderne bar/restaurant provides the ultimate in discretion to starry-eyed stars (Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield plus Jen Aniston and Justin Theroux have recently stopped in). Walnut-paneled walls, tuxedoed waiters, a jazz pianist, and vodka martinis keep things classically elegant.

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  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting

    When the stars come out at night in Los Angeles, they favor the crème de la crème of the city’s bars and lounges. Young Hollywood hot spots fluctuate, but these enduring picks are always pretty good bets for celeb sightings. Plus, they’re places where mere mortals can actually get in.

  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting: Bar Marmont

    Bar Marmont

    The moody décor at this storied hotel lounge (French château meets taxidermist den—note the stuffed peacock and monarch butterflies) pulls celebs into its dark corners. The likes of Carey Mulligan, Lindsay Lohan, Johnny Depp, and Leonardo DiCaprio have been spotted here knocking back classic cocktails and nibbling upscale bar bites like bacon-wrapped bourbon apples.

  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting: Katsuya

    Katsuya

    Hollywood loves its sushi, especially when it comes in as glam a package as this Philippe Starck–designed bar/resto. You might spy starlets like Jessica Simpson, Ashley Tisdale, and Miley Cyrus or leading men like Mark Wahlberg while sipping watermelon cucumber mojitos in the bar or sampling Katsuya Uechi’s spicy tuna beneath the oversize geisha-lip art. Additional locations in Brentwood, Downtown, and Glendale.

  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting: The Brig

    The Brig

    This gussied-up former dive bar is a community watering hole within a pretty exceptional (star-studded!) community. Along with Abbot Kinney hipsters and post-beach revelers, you might also spot notables like Laura Dern, Josh Brolin, Ben Harper, and Samantha Ronson as they relax with a beer, shoot some pool, or groove to the lively DJ.

  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting: The Polo Lounge

    The Polo Lounge

    In this refined lounge’s Golden Age heyday, the Rat Pack and young ingenues like Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor gathered here for both romance and dealmaking. Deep booths and dim lighting preserve the glamorous Old Hollywood feel, while the current cast of patrons might include Mary Louise Parker, Natalie Portman, or Dita Von Teese.

  • Best L.A. Bars for Celebrity Spotting: The Tower Bar

    The Tower Bar

    Housed in Bugsy Siegel’s old apartment in what’s now the Sunset Tower Hotel, this retro-Moderne bar/restaurant provides the ultimate in discretion to starry-eyed stars (Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield plus Jen Aniston and Justin Theroux have recently stopped in). Walnut-paneled walls, tuxedoed waiters, a jazz pianist, and vodka martinis keep things classically elegant.

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