4100 Bar, an unfussy watering hole next to a Jiffy Lube at Sunset Junction, has the hallmarks of a real dive: $4 PBR and the distinct aroma of beer. Grab a shoddy stool that’s just your size (no one stool is the same height) and either opt for a beer or order an $11 Moscow mule served in a shiny, classy copper mug. Pretty much everyone has one, so you’ll fit right in. For the complete 4100 experience, visit on a Friday or Saturday night when it’s more lively—just expect to wait a while for parking, and remember to stop by the danger dog stand outside.
We’re just going to say it: There’s a certain stigma attached to Silver Lake bars, and it involves mustachioed patrons and whiskey. Truth is, while there are plenty of whiskey bars to be found in this neighborhood, there’s so much more to consider: a quiet wine bar, an eclectic tiki bar, a boisterous beer hall. Trendy “dive bars” abound, but you’ll also find a gorgeous outdoor patio serving craft cocktails and a lively gay bar with lip synching competitions. So cheers to Silver Lake for being as exciting as L.A. itself—and for keeping us hydrated every night of the week.
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