If you're looking to bar-hop around Culver City, the Mandrake won't fall on your radar: it's tucked away from its competitors. However, it's convenient for the emerging local arts district, and even has its own gallery space. The bar itself is a mellow locals' hangout, with unpretentious service and reasonably priced drinks. The fake-tree-stump patio seating provides a fine setting for smoking and conversation.
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