To determine the top apartments for nightlife in Los Angeles, we scoured the city to come up with a lengthy list of bars and clubs that call the City of Angels home. Next, we looked at the entire roster of apartments on Rent.com to determine which ones were closest to the most nightlife options.
On the edge of your barstool? Belly up and lift your glass to L.A.’s best apartments near nightlife. Spoiler alert: The majority of the hottest spots are downtown, with a handful of our top 10 located on nightlife-heavy Main Street.
10. 825 South Hill
It’s no surprise that an apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles would score highly for nightlife. 825 South Hill is just a few blocks from the Staples Center and is right around the corner from the Globe Theatre and The Orpheum Theatre, not to mention all of the nearby bars and restaurants where you can wet your whistle.
That’s assuming you’ll even want to leave your luxurious one- through three-bedroom units available at this property.
9. Alina Los Angeles
High-rise living in DTLA doesn’t get much more central than the scenic South Park district. Alina’s proximity to L.A. Live and the Staples Center ensures that this is nightlife central. Translation: Stumble a block or two in any direction and you’re likely to find your new favorite watering hole.
Alina does upscale with a splash of style. Living large here in DTLA means luxurious touches by way of floor-to-ceiling windows with motorized shades, quartz countertops, custom cabinetry and video intercom access.
There are also ample opportunities to hang with your fellow high rollers (if you can tear yourself away from the bars). Amenities include a resort-style pool, movie theater and rooftop deck with killer views.
Located steps from Grand Central Market and the iconic Bradbury Building, STOA is situated in prime DTLA real estate. Whether you’re in the mood for a speakeasy, jazz club or whiskey bar, you’ll find it near your downtown digs. Prefer a little culture with your cocktails? You’re just a few blocks from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA and the Broad Museum.
For those rare nights when you need a break from all that nightlife, STOA’s many indoor-outdoor hangouts make it tempting to stay in. Take a dip in the rooftop pool, catch a flick in the outdoor living room or shoot a game of pool. Hey, those bars will still be there tomorrow night.
7. Union Lofts
Union Lofts deliver Beaux Arts history with modern swank. Situated between the hopping South Park district and the Historic Core, your location puts you in the heart of downtown’s after-dark action. What if you could stumble to karaoke, a hookah bar or a dance club within three blocks of your building? Welcome to Union Lofts.
Inside your lofty living space, expect to find high ceilings, classic hardwoods and an open floor plan. Your space may also feature historic arched windows and a split-level floorplan. Wanna go big? Opt for a two-story penthouse with a patio.
6. Fleur De Lis
Move over, downtown. The first of only two entries outside the confines of DTLA is located in the heart of the Hollywood action. An L.A. classic with historic charm, Fleur De Lis dates back to 1930. Nearby, you can sip a martini at the iconic Musso and Frank Grill, mix cocktails and mysticism at the Magic Castle or brave the lines at the notorious speakeasy No Vacancy.
Beyond the high ceilings, arched entryways and period charm, the best thing about these apartments may just be the price. Efficiencies start at just $1,200 per month for 300-square-feet of prime Hollywood living space.
5. Pacific Electric Lofts
Does something look familiar about this historic building? Pacific Electric Lofts have been featured in numerous films, from L.A. Confidential to Spider-Man. Your nearby nightlife options run the gamut, whether you’re in the mood for dance clubs and DJs or dive bars and classic arcade games.
Dating back to 1905, these classy digs feature 14- to 25-foot ceilings and oversized picture windows. Natural light washes over polished concrete or hardwood floors. Choose from 314 unique, open floor plans to find a loft that suits your style.
4. Santa Fe Lofts
Located in DTLA’s highly walkable Gallery Row area, this artsy hood is also big on nightlife. Peruse edgy galleries along downtown’s Art Walk, then grab a cocktail at any number of diverse nightspots before heading back to your stylish Santa Fe Loft home — no Uber required.
Housed in the historic Santa Fe Railway Building, you’ll find 123 studio, one-bedroom and live-work loft spaces. Marble flooring in the lobby and stairwells sets the scene for this Beaux-Arts beauty. Inside, vintage patterns on original flooring and walls are balanced out by sleek style and modern amenities.
3. The Fontenoy
A Hollywood throwback, The Fontenoy neighbors sister property Fleur De Lis and dates back a hair earlier to the Roaring ’20s. These days, flappers have been replaced by scenesters who flock to the area’s high concentration of bars and clubs nearby on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards and the hopping Cahunega Corridor.
Beyond the grand, chandeliered lobby, you’ll find apartments with hardwood floors, classic bathroom tiles and views of the Hollywood Hills. Like the Fleur De Lis, The Fontenoy is one of Hollywood’s best bargains, with efficiencies that start at just $1,200 per month. However, unlike its sister property, The Fontenoy boasts a pool.
2. The Medallion
Located on Main Street in downtown’s Historic Core, The Medallion is surrounded by L.A. landmarks and nightlife alike. The iconic Bradbury Building, Grand Central Market and The Broad are easy to explore from your front door. As for nightlife, El Dorado is a short block away. This historic subterranean gem drips with character, signature cocktails and a speakeasy vibe.
Shack up in a studio, one- or two-bedroom apartment that features high ceilings, bamboo hardwoods and an in-home washer and dryer. Recovering from last night’s revelry? Soak up the city skyline from the rooftop pool deck or crank up a grill for an impromptu barbecue with your neighbors.
1. Hellman Building
It pays to be a starving artist/creative type in downtown’s Old Bank District (OBD) if you can score one of these income-restricted lofts located on L.A.’s best block for nightlife. Zoned as a live-work space, the Beaux Arts-style Hellman Building is near a little bit of everything. From swanky rooftop cocktails to down-and-dirty club scenes and pretty much everything between, consider your pad central to some of the city’s best nightlife.
Built in 1906, the six-floor historic building is rich in history and character. Today, the Hellman Building is home to 104 lofts that feature high ceilings, cement floors and exposed beams. On the ground floor, retail options include Big Man Bakes for those morning-after cupcake cravings.
We looked at all apartments in Los Angeles and rated them on the number of nightlife-related businesses within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, bars located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our establishment counts come from commercially available business listings and may not reflect recent openings and closings.