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Explore Koreatown’s Buzzing Bar Scene

It’s always Happy Hour somewhere! But when you live at The Pearl, you don’t have to go far to discover exciting nightlife options. From sophisticated bistros to elegant lounges, fun-filled karaoke bars, and even a speakeasy or two, Koreatown boasts the buzziest bar scene in Los Angeles!

 

Mama Lion

601 S Western Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90005

 

Situated in the heart of bustling KTown, Mama Lion presents an exclusive nightlife experience with a culinary twist. A widely acclaimed restaurant, bar and lounge, Mama Lion is a venue where food, drinks, music and art intersect to satisfy all of your senses. Open Tuesday through Saturday, the establishment offers after work Happy Hour, cocktails, dinner, and small bites. For the late night crowd, Mama Lion transitions into a supperclub featuring LA’s top DJ’s, live music shows, and special events. Intimate yet spacious, Mama Lion welcomes groups, private parties, and corporate events.

 

Apt 503 Lounge

3680 Wilshire Boulevard #503

Los Angeles, CA 90010

 

Located upstairs in the middle of a KTown skyscraper, Apt 503 Lounge is a upscale cocktail lounge offering a lively selection of beers, wines, and specialty mixed drinks. Decorated to feel like your cool friend’s apartment, the venue features a huge faux boombox DJ station, whimsical lighting fixtures, wacky architectural finishes, and even a wardrobe with dress form.

 

Here’s Looking at You

3901 W 6th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90020

 

This stylish neighborhood bistro from Jonathan Whitener and Lien Ta has garnered numerous accolades from the likes of New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, LA Times, LA Magazine, Eater, and more. Describing the cuisine and concept as “progressive SoCal food in Koreatown,” Whitener and Ta present an inventive array of handcrafted cocktails and a globally influenced food menu. Housed in an Art Deco building on the site of a former cheesesteak shop, Here’s Looking at You radiates a hip, modern vibe with Edison bulbs, mid century-influenced cabinetry, a playful book shelf, and perky bar stools. Special reservations are required for parties of 8-12.

 

Paper Tiger Bar

4574 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90004

 

This sophisticated, lowlit nightspot is a hidden gem nestled in a restored 1920s building just off Western Ave. The elegant venue features dramatic Victorian-inspired decor, highlighted by a luxe grand staircase, winding hand poured bar, vintagey furnishings, and a large mural painted by Michael Thomas. Open nightly Wednesday through Saturday, Paper Tiger Bar offers signature cocktails, creative bar fare, DJ Lounge, and a full service kitchen. Birthdays, large parties, and events are welcome.

 

R Bar

3331 W 8th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90005

 

A password is required for entry at this speakeasy spot. HINT: Check out their Facebook page. With karaoke and rock on the jukebox, this dark, prohibition-style bar offers a great beer selection and casual fun in the neighborhood. Join R Bar for Jam On Toast Tuesdays. Big Blueberry Band will be spreading their jams all over your lovely toasts, while DJ Super Paranoid passes out “ear” d’oeuvres. The kitchen is open late, along with happy hour through the night.

 

The Venue

3470 Wilshire Blvd B-1

Los Angeles, CA 90010

 

Billing itself as LA’s first subterranean dining and karaoke destination, The Venue is a modern American restaurant and bar established in 2017. The refined but relaxed space takes inspiration from modern contemporary design, with touches such as vintage woods, found furniture, and exposed concrete, to create a warm, convivial atmosphere. Offering a menu of market-driven seasonal shared plates, craft cocktails, and local small batch wines and beers, The Venue includes a spacious dining room and bar, plus 13 private karaoke rooms that can accommodate anywhere from 2 – 50 guests.

 

Lock & Key

239 S Vermont Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90004

 

Hidden behind a nondescript building, to enter, you must first pull on the correct door knob, and only one of them actually opens the door. Once inside, you’ll discover a dark, intimate space decked out in black, gold and green, topped off with shimmering mirrored ceilings. Settle into a comfy tufted booth, or sidle up to the long bar, and order up one of their Signature Cocktails with fun names like Razzle Dazzle, Torpedo, Secret Coalition, Old Money, and Joie de Vivre. Dinner menu includes their mainstay Steak & Frites, and shareable dishes like Avocado Toast, Chicken Wings, and Southern Fried Chicken Sliders.Table Service Packages are available based on a $300 minimum per table, plus tax and gratuity.