Unlike some folks in Los Angeles, I can come clean with it: I am full-on, knee-deep into my third decade. And as BuzzFeed tells us all every day, you start changing once you hit the 3-0. You actually need health insurance. You prefer to binge-watch Scandal on a Friday night than go out. And there are some bars that are now just too loud, young, and ugh – especially according to a Thrillist LA article that’s been making the social media rounds.
While the over 30 crowd won’t disintegrate upon entering those places, I do agree with each and every bar on that list. There’s just a point when you gotta quote Lethal Weapon and say you’re too old for this, especially since Scandal Season 4 is on Netflix and Mellie is running for Senate.
But there’s one thing missing from the article – what are the best bars for the over 30s crowd? I mean, just because someone has crossed over 29 doesn’t mean they’ve lost interest in ever leaving their apartment. I still go out, but now I head to places where I can hear myself think and it smells really nice.
Here are some bars I’d recommend if you’re in your 30s.
— USC Women_Cinematic (@USC_WCA) May 13, 2015
This classy wine bar has two stunning location in West Hollywood and Venice. Both have great ambiance, a great selection of drinks, and a pretty good food menu.
Oldfield’s Liquor Room
Happy #negroniweek! Swing in for #happyhour from 5pm-9pm and enjoy a #Negroni for $8 and for $9 after 9pm! #TGIF A photo posted by Oldfield’s Liquor Room (@oldfieldsliquorroom) on
Sure, go ahead and make an old joke, but this Culver City bar has a very sophisticated, yet welcoming feel and a creative drink menu.
So excited to have the great @leonbridgesofficial here tonight. #leonbridges #columbia #hotelcafe #swoon #livemusic #hollywood #soul A photo posted by Hotel Cafe (@thehotelcafe) on
Don’t drink, IMBIBE with us tonight! #cocktails #happyhour #tequila #whiskey #gin #pubporn #farm #mint #fresh A photo posted by @tomberginspublichouse on
This bar always seems to rise like the phoenix every time it closes. And it’s easy to see why – it’s a beloved neighborhood haunt by longtime patrons, where if you’re a regular, everybody really does know your name like Cheers.
Too damned hot? You must need what we got! $5 #Mojitos until 9pm with East LA’s favorite #HappyHour bar man, @elhesse at the stick! Get em while we got em! #AtwaterVillage #FiveDollarsOfGlory and stick around later for THE KNOTTY PINE DERBY! Hosted by everyone’s favorite Creep, @Joetcreep! Bring your fastest, funniest, or ugliest wheelie machine and race that sucker for trophies and drinks! 9pm til someone wins it! #KnottyPine #pinewoodDerby
With DJ Dimitri on the decks starting at 9, there’s no place quite like the Lounge on a Thursday night. pic.twitter.com/tHEK6jIjLe
— Seventy7 Lounge (@seventy7la) June 18, 2015
Have your party here! Birthday, wrap, bachelor(ette) parties, etc. Free reservations. Call 310-820-6667 for info. pic.twitter.com/Qth6EbtBfT
— Mom’s Bar (@MomsBarLA) June 17, 2015
Last night’s vibe. 💯 #dwtswrapparty #dtwsfinale #besohollywood #dwts A photo posted by Beso Hollywood (@besohollywood) on
Unwind with your favorite libation in one of our two lounges. Moreton Fig features a full bar with craft beers, specialty #cocktails, and a #wine list thoughtfully selected by our manager and Certified Sommelier, David Burrola. #moretonfig #beer #trojans #fighton #uschospitality A photo posted by Moreton Fig (@moretonfig) on
During my USC days, a lot of my friends loved going to Traditions (a.k.a. Traddy’s), the campus bar. It was exactly that — the campus bar, filled with frat dudes, bros, and a drink called “Ruin The Bruin” in honor beating of rival UCLA. I always preferred Traddy’s grown-up cousin across the way, Moreton Fig. The bar area is a small and tucked away from the sit-in dining area, but the food is great, too. Enough to make me miss my days in Troy!
What are you favorite “mature” bars in LA?