Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

Cool Map: The Best Bars Near Metro Stops

federalbar.jpg
The Federal Bar in NoHo (Photo by Jo via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.


Thrillist has compiled a list of what they think is the best bar within a 10-minute walk to each applicable Metro rail station. This map is a true treasure for those of us who live near enough a train station to do a little investigative drinking without having to worry about finding a designated driver. On week nights, most Metro trains run until midnight and on weekends, most run until 2 a.m. (Check Metro schedules here.) If you don't have to transfer, transit should run you about $3 round-trip on your TAP card. If you do have to transfer, you'll have to 'tap again,' as the intercom reminds you endlessly, but starting in September when fares increase, riders will get free transfers for two hours.

Admittedly, some of the stops don't have a nearby bar, or have pickings of the 'slim' variety: the Artesia Blue Line stop's closest bar is a TGI Friday's. If you're in the South Bay and train-bound, they say El Torito might be your best bet. This is also not a comprehensive list of every bar near a stop; they simply chose the bar that was their favorite.

One thing to note: It has been pointed out that they unintentionally missed East Hollywood's Hollywood and Western stop. Since some of us have very personal knowledge of drinking near this Metro stop, we'll offer a few options of our own. You can easily walk to Jumbo's Clown Room (iconic burlesque bar with clown-themed decor, but now dancers), Know Where (small, low-key lounge serving beer and wine), Harvard & Stone (craft cocktails, live music, younger crowd, packed on weekends), Blu Monkey (lounge, often has reggae, R&B or hip hop DJs), or any of the Franklin Village bars just under a mile away. (White Horse is currently closed, but has been sold and we're hoping reopens as a similar lovable dive and not a craft cocktail speakeasy.)

Look at the whole list here.

Support for LAist comes from