L.A.'s Hot List: 9 Scene-y Places That Aren't Obvious

We all know the obvious picks: Chateau Marmont for celeb-spotting, Beacher's Madhouse for a dose of debauchery, Cecconi's for those who crave the ultra-luxe WeHo vibe. So, forgive us if the tried-and-true is also a little yawn-inducing, especially when Los Angeles has so many gems that fly just below the average radar. If your New Year's resolution is to expand your socializing boundaries, here are 9 spots that are just as hip as they are off the well-beaten path. Oh, and to prove how each spot is a magnet for well-heeled Angelenos, we've also tracked which celebs can be spotted in the vicinity. So take our guide for a spin and see how many of these in-the-know revelers' favorites you already know.
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Harvard And Stone: Since its origins as a dubious dive, the space that now houses East Hollywood's Harvard And Stone has undergone a magical metamorphosis into a dim, vintage space. With reports of brilliant cocktails and all-night dance-a-thons, the night always feels as young as the crowd, when you're here.

Harvard And Stone, 5221 Hollywood Boulevard (at Harvard Street), 323-466-6063.

Photo: Odessy Barbu
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Villains Tavern: This rustic downtown bar won't do you wrong, with a unique indoor/outdoor ambience and creative drinks (get tipsy on a sno-cone!). The hip flock to this hotspot in the Arts District to tap their toes to old-timey country jams turned modern and sip drinks out of mason jars. Drop in on the right night and catch True Blood's Todd Lowe and his band playing the room.

Villains Tavern, 1356 Palmetto Street (At Sante Fe Avenue), 213-613-0766.

Photo: Courtesy of Villains
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Pattern: What better way to relax after an exhausting day of sample-sale shopping than at this fashion-themed spot? Weave between vintage sewing machines and chic young things to order a Coco Chanel or Diane von Furstenburg at the bar. (We wonder how DVF feels about being served up?)

Pattern, 100 West 9th Street (at Main Street), 213-627-7774.

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Perch: Like all the best bars, this one is mysteriously hidden behind an unmarked door on a lonely sidewalk. Make sure you don't walk by or you'll be missing an exquisite speakeasy-esque interior and the most stunning view of Downtown L.A.

Perch, 448 South Hill Street (at West 5th Avenue), 213-802-1770.

Photo: Courtesy of Melissa Valladares
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La Descarga: At this ultra-hip Hollywood bar, you enter through a wardrobe (squeee!) only to find that you've walked straight into an old Cuban movie (again, we can barely contain ourselves). So get into it, sip some top-notch rum, and listen to live music in the intimate space.

La Descarga, 1159 North Western Avenue (between Lexington and Virginia Avenues), 323-466-1324.

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Rock & Reilly's: This rowdy rock-'n'-roll dive-inspired bar isn't exactly a roll in the mud: you might rub elbows with low-key celebs like Zooey or Aziz. Irish whiskey abound. So bring your A-game.

Rock & Reilly's, 8911 West Sunset Boulevard (at San Vincente Boulevard), 310-360-1400.

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The Spare Room: Ensconced in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Spare Room mixes stellar drinks and is outfitted with a killer selection of games and bowling lanes — hence, the very literal "spare" room.

The Spare Room, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard (at North Orange Drive).

Photo: Via Thompson Hotels
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Lexington Social House: Perfect for a touch of sophistication, Lexington Social draws a young and beautiful crowd who desire to take in a little of what they call "the good life." Fun fact: The drinks are so good LiLo ditched house arrest to come have one.

Lexington Social House, 1718 Vine Street (at Hollywood Boulevard), 323-461-1700.

Photos: Courtesy of Lexington Social House
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One-Eyed Gypsy: A carnival-themed bar should be one of those things we are just used to seeing on the regular, but sadly, it isn't. The gorgeous antiques-and-brass-laden interior keeps things civilized, while revelers unwind with strong drinks, live music, skeeball and even a fortune-telling machine.

One-Eyed Gypsy, 901 East First Street (At Vignes Street).

Photo: Courtesy of One-Eyed Gypsy
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