Gold Room

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While the neighborhood around it gentrifies, this mostly-locals dive keeps thing honest with top-shelf tequilas and Mexican League futbol. The crowd these days is mainly made up of thirtysomething males taking a break over cheap drinks in an atmosphere teeming with casino-waitress hospitality (order a beer and a shot and you'll get free tacos—but you have to know to ask for them). The jukebox has amazing Mexican hits mixed with hilarious stateside hammers (think Meatloaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love"), and the strip of ceiling above the booth seats has tiny lights stuck in it, making for a kitschy indoor night sky. The Gold Room is great, but not the place to flaunt a weird haircut or bust out a lofty attitude: locals and staff have zero tolerance for posers.

Venue name: Gold Room
Address: 1558 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Daily noon-2am
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