The Ultimate Tour of the NoHo Arts District: Part Two

Experience nightlife outside the NoHo Arts District

Photo courtesy of Idle Hour

Now that you've explored our guide to the NoHo Arts District, you're ready to discover the nearby nightlife options. These venues are all within walking distance of each other, but best to take a ride share, and then—crawl for music, drinks, and laughs until the wee hours of the morning.

Idle Hour Bar

Located on the outskirts of the Noho Arts District, this whisky barrel-shaped building is hard to miss. Originally built in 1941 as an example of “programmatic architecture” (buildings built that look like what they serve), it changed hands in 1971 and lived as a Flamenco Bar until 1984. The then-owner, Dolores Fernandez, lived at the top of the barrel in an apartment until she passed away in 2009, and it became Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument the following year. The barrel was renovated with precise architectural integrity over four years by the 1933 Group (Bigfoot Lodge, Oldfield's, Sassafras, The Thirsty Crow, and the soon-to-be-reopen, Formosa Café in Hollywood), and opened in 2011. Monday to Saturday hours are from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a daily happy hour until 7 p.m. Sunday bunch begins at 11 a.m. Creative classic cocktails meets comfort gastropub food. Make your way to the back patio with picnic tables and a replica of the iconic Bulldog Cafe, which once served tamales and ice cream near Downtown L.A.

Photo courtesy of Skinny's Lounge

Skinny’s Lounge

If you’re looking for a quiet drink, don’t go to Skinny’s Lounge. But if you’re looking for live music—from DJs to live rock karaoke, heavy metal, hip hop and funk—and dancing, then this 1970s-inspired dimly bar lit bar with sleek leather seating and a long bar is for you. Cocktails are $12. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

Tiki No

Escape to the South Pacific at this tiki bar with torches built into the exterior design. The kitschy décor flows inside with bamboo walls, thatched cabana booths, carved wooden posts, pufferfish lanterns, and a patio with lava rock fireplace. Happy hour is 5 to 7 p.m. daily. Karaoke stars on Wednesday and Sunday eve. The cocktail list includes Trader Vic’s inspired classics, such as the Scorpion Bowl, as well as a unique drinks menu, including their signature Toasted Marshmallow, soaked with sake, and lit on fire.

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Little Toni's

Everything old is cool again at Little Toni’s, which opened as a 30-seat restaurant in 1956 at Lankershim and Vineland—think checkered tablecloths and red sauce Italian. It eventually grew to 100 seats and was revamped a few years ago with the addition of BarToni's. Go for pizza in the brick-walled, semi-hidden bar - note it’s a narrow space with seating only at the bar itself. Classic and signature cocktails with a whimsical twist were created by elite bar master Aidan Demarest. There’s also an extensive spirits and aperitif list, along with wine and beer. Most cocktails are $10.

Ken Jeong | Photo courtesy of Ha Ha Cafe Comedy Club, Facebook

Ha Ha Comedy Club

Just look for the bright purple building on Lankershim north of Camarillo, and you’ll find comedy seven nights a week—from open mic to major headliners and all-star comedy. Comedic superstars such as Adam Sandler, Jon Lovitz, and George Wallace have been known to show up at Ha Ha Cafe Comedy Club. The food menu features primarily Mexican fare. There’s a full bar and good beer selection, which is a good thing since there is a two-drink minimum with a $10-$20 cover. For those with the urge to get up on stage, check out the comedy classes.