You are here: / /

Westwood nightlife guide to sports bars, sake bombs and late-night happy hour specials in the home of UCLA

From sake bombs and sports bars to beer pong and late-night happy hour specials, nightlife in Westwood features a young college crowd and plenty of flat-screen TVs. Numerous sushi bars, ethnic eateries and upscale restaurants offer food and drink specials well into the evening, and you'll also find sports lounges with game nights, karaoke and big discounts on beer.

Home to UCLA, this Westside neighborhood has long been known for movie theaters, ethnic restaurants and sports bars. You'll find most of the action centered on Westwood Boulevard in Westwood Village, a trendy, walkable neighborhood near the UCLA campus. Most bars and restaurants cater to the college crowd and local office workers, with heaps of happy hour specials on food and drink that last well into the night. Westwood Village nightlife is dominated by sports bars and sushi lounges, where you can expect to encounter large groups of students. Both bars and restaurants offer a young club-like scene and a party atmosphere, especially on the weekends. You can indulge in numerous specials on shots, karaoke nights, trivia games and beer pong at many establishments. For the best sake bombs and raw seafood, head to contemporary sushi bars Tomodachi, Yamato and Ami. These restaurants take dining to a new level, with late-night happy hour discounts, DJs and interactive, chanting sushi chefs. Westwood also features several sports bars with flat-screen TVs and nightly beer specials, such as Barney's Beanery and Westwood Brewing Company. Find happy hour until 11PM on weekends at upscale wine bar Napa Valley Grille, and don't miss the UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest every Memorial Day weekend.

Interesting Facts

Sake bombs are the unofficial drink of Westwood, They consist of a shot of sake dropped into a glass of beer and consumed immediately. The sake shot is often balanced over the beer on chopsticks, and drinkers pound the table to drop the sake into the glass.


Westwood is notorious for a scarcity of parking spots, but you can find cheap parking at the city-owned garage on Broxton Avenue. Park for a flat rate of $3 if you enter after 6PM. The lot closes at midnight on weekdays and 3AM on weekends.


Elevate Lounge
811 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles

Elevate Lounge in Los Angeles is one of the best clubs I've ever been to. The view from the 21st floor is great, as it reaches over downtown L.A. Well spaced and still cozy, the atmosphere is lively but not too loud. Purple lighting that fills the club helps with Elevate's well earned style. The custom Absolut LA drink served there with lemon is one of the best had. Ever! 5 stars!

By Alucard512

Blog News

    Halloween Weekend Events 2016

    Paint your face, prep your costume, and get ready to freak out at the hottest Halloween parties in the city. October 31 falls on a Monday this year, which means that you have a whole weekend of wilding out before All Hallows Eve.    Like to do it up big? Head to the world's largest Halloween street party, the West Hollywood Halloween Ca...

    Weekend Events: Sept 21 to 26

    Looking for the hot ticket this weekend? Discover fresh events, sweet DJ shows, and poppin' parties all over the city.  Framework presents Cut Snake and Cassion at Sound in Hollywood.  It's 80s vs. 90s with Biz Markie at Decades Collide.  Legendary UK drum and bass producer Goldie takes to the decks at Respect.  You can get dow...

Top Lists

Los Angeles Rock Clubs in the Valley

Nestled against the heaving mass of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley has some interesting rock venues if you know where to look. Explore the rock clubs in the Valley.

Santa Monica's Top 5 Most Unique Bars

Santa Monica has more to offer than just beach bars -- these Top 5 unique venues prove it.