by TaradeLis - 367 Reviews - 18 List
New York might be the city that never sleeps, but L.A. is the city that never needs to go to bed hungry or wake up hungover again. While 24-restaurants used to be scarce, there are now plenty of options for all-night bites. Here are our favorite 24-hour diners and restaurants, plus a few other activities to keep you busy until hunger strikes--or until you decide to resume drinking at 6am, when only certain hardcore dive bars reopen after the mandatory 2am cutoff.
Updated: July 18, 2011
The clubbing elite burn the midnight oil and chow down at these all-night hot spots.
When it comes to 24-hour diners, location is everything, especially in a town where everybody drives. Situated along the trendy, club-hopping Cahuenga Corridor, this hip and recently remodeled space offers everything from breakfast dishes and 'smac and cheese? to burgers and desserts. There's even a full bar from 6am to 2am.
This is the Alpha (and maybe the Omega, too) of 24-hour delis in L.A. If you don't know Canter's Deli, chances are you haven't been up past midnight in a while. But don't worry, with a packed house at almost any hour, plenty of hangover helpers, and pastrami sandwiches piled to high, there is more than enough to keep you awake and alert for that late-night excursion ... or to send you off safely (and satiated) to dreamland.
Night owls love the scenic drive on this historic and storied stretch of road. The main part of it travels from the Hollywood Hills through the Valley, and best of all, it never closes--though there are late-night restrictions on parking. Many consider it one of the original "Inspiration Points." Hint, hint.
Feeling fancy? Why stop by some greasy spoon--even at 2am? Luckily, the Pacific Dining Car has been serving up steakhouse fare 24/7 in a recreated train car since before you were born. (No really, they've been open since 1921.) And while the crowd is older and sparser, the option of choice steaks, plenty of wine and a cozy ambiance make it one of the best-kept-secret, deal-sealer spots in town.
Vegas it's not, but it's what we've got in L.A., a city where only "games of skill" are legal. And Commerce Casino makes the claim of being the largest "card casino" on earth. So, if poker, blackjack, Caribbean stud, Baccarat or Asian-style card games are your thing, this is your place, 24/7. Note: There's an on-site spa and hotel, should you tire of gambling.
You wake up with a gritty taste in your mouth, and you can hear waves lapping behind you. You're not sure how, but you've washed up face down on Manhattan Beach with a very empty feeling in your stomach at an unholy hour of the night. Lucky for you, The Kettle keeps its doors open and stoves warm 24 hours a day just two blocks from the beach. Cooking up good ol' comfort food, as well as breakfast specialties without stopping, this is the answer to any night when you don't remember how you got here.
This bar is so much fun that its outgoing voice mail addresses average customer concerns--like having so much fun "you've lost your credit card or your girlfriend." Open 365 days a year, 20/7 (all L.A. bars have to close between 2am and 6am), this is a casual karaoke/dance haven for college seniors to actual seniors. At 6am, you'll find more of the "professional drinking" set.