2926 Main St., Santa Monica
This Main Street bar is the ideal destination for the single, 20-something lush.
There’s guaranteed to be a line on weekends, but after enduring the wait
outside, ex-frat boys and party girls cram into the dark den where drinkers crowd
the circular bar.
The more intimate booths and bar stools fill up quickly, but the best hottie spotting
is done while against the red-lit walls. Those circulating the bar grounds will
eventually find enough room to groove on the dance floor. Swanky singles come
to get down and dirty on the dance floor.
311 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey
Although some claim they go to Baja Cantina for the fish tacos, the real reason
is that they like the scene. Just south of Hollywood, the Cantina is perhaps one
of the biggest pick-up joints around.
The singles that flock here are blatant about their quest to find someone to exchange
numbers with. Whether it’s scoping out the crowd inside the bar, or hanging
out on the large patio this is undoubtedly one of the premier spots to get to
know other singles, even if it’s just for the night.
3801 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach
The scattered palm trees and other beach artifacts that cover the walls of this
beach shack only further remind customers of its year-round summery atmosphere.
A regular crowd happily dives into pitchers of margaritas and cold beers on a
nightly basis. In fact, it’s rare to see this place empty on any night of
Numerous TV monitors display nearly every sporting event, but in between games
the screens are dedicated to surfs or music videos. Young bleach blond girls and
guys dance the night away on the weekends. While the dance floor is small, you’ll
be amazed at how many people can pack themselves on the dance floor at one time.
UNION CATTLE COMPANY
1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach
There’s no bull about it. The Union Cattle Company is the place to be on
Friday and Saturday nights. Located in scenic Hermosa Beach, this steak house/bar
is one of the busier beach bars, which lies just up the hill from the stretch
of bars that line the pier and strand.
With two levels and several different rooms, you can choose to get your groove
on, gaze at the stars, chill by the fireplace or get in touch with your inner
cowboy by riding the mechanical bull. The crowd, while diverse, is very representative
of the single population of the area.
The mechanical bull itself is the focal point of the bar, where males can circle
around the ring and watch female rider in short skirts make suggestive moves on
the bull. If nothing else, it makes for an easy pick-up line.
2030 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
Open 20 hours a day 365 days a year, the Gaslite is a no frills kind of bar that
caters to an array of people from the city’s yuppies to a younger beach crowd.
The dim lighting and large red vinyl booths make the Gaslite a perfect place to
hide out in. That is, at least until you get up to the stage and do your best
take on Madonna or AC/DC.
The bar is one of the liveliest karaoke venues around with more that 4,000 songs
in its catalog. While at first glance it may not seem like the most likely of
places to meet other singles, the Gaslite is in fact an eclectic crowd of locals
and college students ready to mingle and win you over with a song devoted to you.
WESTWOOD BREWING COMPANY
1097 Glendon Ave., Westwood
The Westwood Brewing Company is a popular college hangout where, students like
to unwind on the weekends after a rough week of studying. Typically during the
week, this is a fairly mellow bar, but come the weekend it turns into a crowd
of rowdy shot swigging frat boys and the sometimes-intellectual types.
Just steps away from a full bar, there’s a spiral staircase leading to another
small patio that offers a view of stucco rooftops and high-rise buildings. Ashtrays
fill with cigarette butts while patrons hang out under a dark sky filled with
tiny, bright stars.
1000 Gayley Ave., Westwood
Ever wish you had bar you could call your own? Well if you’re a UCLA student
you already do. Since 1994 Maloney’s has been catering to the college crowd.
Just next door to the college campus, this Cheers-esque bar has been the destination
for the college students, recent grads and Westside professionals looking to let
loose and get a little rowdy as only a college bar would allow.
The relaxed atmosphere of the place is decorated with wall to wall black and white
celebrity head shots and the TV sets and are spread throughout the bar so sports
fans can catch all the latest games, sitcoms and music videos. Plus, it’s
a pretty good place to get to know some of your schoolmates that you wouldn’t
normally come into contact with.
442 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
The Dime presents music on a nightly basis, varying between alternative live bands
and guest DJs. While there are no velvet ropes outside the door, recently the
bar has seen a growth in popularity among B-list celebrities and industry types.
But for the most part it’s a young crowd looking to toss back a few stiff
drinks while getting to know one another.
LA Places: Places of Interest
Single in the City
By Kym Parsons
Article posted on 2/6/2006
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