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Your manhattan tastes like a Oaxacan mole thanks to chocolate and chili bitters. The bartender strikes up a conversation—in Spanish—with locals who remember the place as the Little Cave. With a trendy south-of-the-border makeover by the 1933 Group (Bigfoot Lodge, Thirsty Crow), the chillaxed bar lures the area’s gentrifying population and Occidental coeds who file in for Latin cocktails and a DJ mix as vintage as the aged mescal. Good tip: Tacos are free on Tuesdays with a drink purchase. » 5992 N. Figueroa St., lacuevitabar.com.