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This Manhattan Beach dive bar has been a staple for generations of locals since 1927. Nondescript and proudly showing its age with initials-etched wooden booths and old neon signs, Erc’s keeps regulars happy with its legendary burgers ($7.25), which some like to swear are the best in LA. A dubious claim, but you can hardly argue with thick, juicy beef (fresh from next-door gourmet deli Manhattan Meats) and toppings piled high. The prices are reasonable across the board pair your burger with a cold beer ($3.50), or opt for a Dodger dog ($1 with a drink). Better yet, step in at the right times for the best deals, like $9 pitchers at happy hour and three tacos for $5 on beloved Taco Tuesdays. With a crowded pool table in the back, classic tunes from a jukebox and a diverse crowd evenly split between salty old-timers and bro-y surfers, there is no lack of character. Cash-only, but there’s an ATM inside and several banks are walking distance.

Venue name: Ercole's
Address: 1101 Manhattan Ave
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Daily 10am-2am; Happy hour 10am-6pm; Kitchen open until 10pm Tue-Sat, 5pm Sun
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