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The 10 best bars in Los Angeles
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The 10 best bars in Los Angeles

The best of the best, for when the thirst is real.

Five brand new happy hours to try in August
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Five brand new happy hours to try in August

We’re in the dog days of summer—so treat yourself to some cold beers and poolside cocktails.

Take a peek inside Chinatown’s affordable new wine bar
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Take a peek inside Chinatown’s affordable new wine bar

We're talking $4 beers and $9 California wines.

You need to try this new mezcal spot
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You need to try this new mezcal spot

Brought to you by the team behind Ostrich Farm.

There's a new all-day bar in Hollywood
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There's a new all-day bar in Hollywood

See also: a killer patio.

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Highland Park Brewery Chinatown
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Highland Park Brewery Chinatown

The Northeast L.A. brewery’s first tasting room lives up to the anticipation—and the hype.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Sunset & Vinyl
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Sunset & Vinyl

The retro-fabulous design—and not the drinks—takes center stage at this new Hollywood watering hole that’s less of a cocktail bar and more of a vibe. Walk through 800 Degrees to the back of the pizzeria and up a staircase near the bathrooms to reach this hidden bar that looks like a vinyl shop bred with the basement in That ’70s Show. The handful of cocktails on offer could use more balance and finesse, but it’s hard to argue with a setting this fun and an all-vinyl soundtrack; the later the night gets, the louder the Michael Jackson plays.

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
Oriel
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Oriel

Look for the pink neon beneath Metro’s Chinatown stop and you’ll find one of the city’s chicest wine bars. The latest from Bar Covell and Augustine owner Dustin Lancaster, Oriel not only brings French wines and a modern, hanging-plant haven to the neighborhood—it also offers some of the best French bistro fare on the Eastside. Staff could use a bit more training (any server at a wine bar should be aware of natural wine and whether it’s offered), but the neon’s rose-hued glow, coupled with the romance of that well-rounded wine selection—especially those available by the bottle—makes it easy to fall in love with Oriel.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Bibo Ergo Sum
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Bibo Ergo Sum

Now you see them, now you don’t: The cocktails of Bibo Ergo Sum—“I drink, therefore I am”—disappear almost magically. That’s fitting, as its Proprietors-designed menu is inspired by the art of illusion and Christopher Nolan's The Prestige. Bedecked in Art Deco decor, Bibo drops the beverage know-how and scientific prowess of the team behind the Walker Inn into a neighborhood lacking complex cocktail bars. The result? Approachable but dramatic, elegant and innovative drinks that develop as the menu progresses—such as the Grandpa Joe with its centrifuge-clarified citrus, and the carbonated Dr. Julius, made with clarified milk-washed rum, orange peel and vanilla bean, that's then run through a draft line.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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The top 10 happy hour deals in Los Angeles
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The top 10 happy hour deals in Los Angeles

Grab a stool and settle in for some of the best happy hour deals in town. Cheers!

Where to go wine tasting in L.A.
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Where to go wine tasting in L.A.

Who says you have to travel to Napa for a day sipping vino?

This distillery tour is like a boozy theme park for adults
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This distillery tour is like a boozy theme park for adults

Ahoy, there's a boat ride through a rainforest ahead.

The best arcade bars in L.A.
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The best arcade bars in L.A.

Get out those quarters.

The best bars in Los Angeles for a first date
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The best bars in Los Angeles for a first date

You'll want to swipe right for one of these swoon-worthy bars.

The best bars in Los Angeles

Cocktails in L.A.
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Cocktails in L.A.

Craft beer in L.A.
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Craft beer in L.A.

Best cocktail bars
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Best cocktail bars

Best singles bars
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Best singles bars

Best whiskey bars
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Best whiskey bars

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Little Dom's Monday night supper
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Little Dom's Monday night supper

Dine out without digging too deep into your wallet at Little Dom's Monday night supper, where a three-course meal goes for an affordable $18. Each week the menu changes—some weeks it might feature pasta, others it could highlight roast chicken—but the lineup always includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Drinks are discounted, too: snag a bottle of red or white for $18, or a Pabst Blue Ribbon for $3. Check Little Dom's website for the most updated Monday night menu.

Wine Wednesday at Everson Royce Bar
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Wine Wednesday at Everson Royce Bar

Looking for a go-to Wine Wednesday option? Downtown's Everson Royce Bar offers a killer deal every Wednesday off the week: $25 for a flight of three wines and one of chef Matt Molina's culinary creations. Each week brings something new so you'll never get bored—though, let's face it, you'll probably get drunk. Cheers!

Smorgasburg LA
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Smorgasburg LA

Indulge your inner foodie and shopaholic at this weekly food-focused market. The Brooklyn export has landed in the Arts District and become a hotbed of fantastic food and retail vendors, with some that are testing out their dishes before launching a full-blown brick-and-mortar in the city. Bonus: there is plentiful (and free, for two hours!) parking in the nearby parking garage. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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