Bars

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1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91105

Today Brady Weise shakes up cinnamon syrup with pineapple, grapefruit, and cranberry juices.

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Alibi Room

12236 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90066

310-390-9300

A Korean-Mexican dungeon, this dark funky bar has full menu of delicious fusion dishes like kimchi quesadillas and galbi tacos for soaking up their lemongrass caipirinhas.

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Bacaro LA

2308 S. Union Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90007

213-748-7205

About as far as possible from Culver City—the wine bar capital of the region—Bacaro LA stands in the most incongruous of neighborhoods, West Adams, where it attracts Korean businessmen, downtown loft dwellers, and USC students…

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Bar Centro

SLS Hotel, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

310-246-5555

Bartenders expertly stir Michter’s rye with the usual fixin’s and drop in a cherry spherification…

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Barbrix

2442 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-662-2442

A meal at this nonchalant wine bar might be composed of jamon iberíco, a few grilled stalks of chile-spiked broccolini, and a lemony nest of chitarra with pencil-thin asparagus.

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Beer Belly

532 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90020

(213) 387-2337

The bites from chef Wes Lieberher are such a draw that Beer Belly skirts the line between drinking establishment and restaurant.

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Black Market Liquor Bar

11915 Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 91604

(818) 446-2533

Most nights it seems as if half the Valley is here, huddled at the bar for a peaty scotch cocktail or squeezed into a booth for a bowl of fennel-perfumed mussels.

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Casey’s Irish Pub

613 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90014

Kind on your wallet, the quiz at Casey’s Irish Pub takes place every Monday during happy hour.

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Cha Cha Lounge

2375 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90039

323-660-7595

Tip your hat to the life-size Willie Nelson cutout as you walk through the door of Cha Cha Lounge, and make a beeline for the other side of the straw-thatched bar, where you’ll find two pro-grade Tornado foosball tables…

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Copa D’Oro

217 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-576-3030

Its proximity to the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market explains the “produce section” thing going on behind the bar…

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Drago Centro

525 S. Flower St., Ste. 120, Los Angeles, CA, 90071

213-228-8998

Drago Centro is refined enough that an empty bowl for shells accompanies the linguine alle vongole, but on occasion chef-owner Celestino Drago and chef de cuisine Ian Gresick will roast a whole suckling pig.

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Eightytwo

707 E. 4th Place, Downtown, CA, 90013

(213)-626-8200

At this downtown Arts District barcade, patrons are greeted by two things: a pair of tapsters and a satisfying din of whirs, blips, dings, and beeps emanating from more than 40 restored games

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El Cid

4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90029

323-668-0318

At 50, El Cid remains remarkably relevant, untouched by the effects of aging (OK, those nuts were a little stale) or the hipification of the surrounding Silver Lake and Los Feliz areas…

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Golden Road Brewing

5410 West San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA, 90039

(213) 373-4677

This is the place for thirsty parents to grab a craft beer with kids in tow. The tots running around the front patio on Sunday afternoons don’t seem to harsh the bar’s mellow vibe, which feels worlds away from Los Angeles.

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Hamburger Mary’s

8288 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

323-654-3800

At “Legendary Bingo” at Hamburger Mary’s, drag queen Belle Aire signals it ain’t church night when she hits the stage and trills, “Hello, bitches!” Men and women, gays and straights—all are welcome at the packed games…

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Harvard & Stone

5221 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

(323) 466-6063

A WWII-era bomb factory is the unlikely inspiration for a place that serves artisanal cocktails made with local spirits. The front bar and performance space (which hosts music and burlesque acts) is outfitted in industrial-steampunk style

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Hermosa Saloon

211 Pacific Coast Hwy, Los Angeles, CA, 90254

310-374-9060

This place is one of the biggest dives around, complete with actual wooden saloon doors at the entrance.

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Hideaway Bar & Grill

12122 Kagel Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91342

818-890-1225

The selection of brews is impressive, there’s live music on weekends, and a pot of chili…

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