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Best New Bar No. 1: Villains Tavern
Photograph by Alyson Aliano
Big top-striped curtains, colored-glass medicine bottles, gothic wooden arches, and pew seating give a carny-church quality to Villains Tavern. Bluesy-folksy bands take the stage on the patio every night, and seasonal drinks are strong and come by the mason jar. The L.A. Barbie—a potent blend of Hacienda tequila, Aperol, red pepper, Tapatío, and lemon—is a spicy concoction that goes down too easy. Should you require sustenance, the Wicked Fries with Parmesan and parsley or the bourbon-bacon-caramel popcorn ought to set you right. Good tip: Parking’s free in the adjacent lot. » 1356 Palmetto St., villainstavern.com.