The Best Underground Bars in Downtown L.A.

Discover hidden bars beneath the streets

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There is something about descending below-ground that conjures feelings of mystery and adventure - just ask Alice. In few places is this more true than the underground bar. Secret entrances, darkened staircases, being in the know are all part of the appeal.

There's no better place to enjoy this feeling than Downtown Los Angeles. Early 20th-century architectural gems have been revived right and left since the start of the 21st - and with them the basement bars, dance clubs and jazz lounges that once served the booming city’s movers and shakers. Bank vaults, a power plant and historic speakeasies are being redesigned for the thriving Downtown L.A. nightlife scene. Read on for Downtown L.A.’s finest in subterranean drinking, dining and dancing.

In a city of nearly 200 languages and 90 neighborhoods, everyone has a voice. Los Angeles is not only one of the most diverse cities in the world, it’s also one of the most culturally vibrant. From Thai Town to Tehrangeles to Little Osaka, the entire world is under the Hollywood Sign.

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