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The "dive-iest" of the dive bars, this tiny watering hole next to the famed Pantages Theater has been a Hollywood legend for decades. Used frequently in films for its authentic broken down feel, the bar remains good-natured about its appearance. Don't be dismayed by the shabby interior, however. The bartenders are always friendly and the crowd is made up of Hollywood musicians of many varying levels of success. And despite its "flannel shirt" appeal, don't be surprised to see a really famous face or two once in a while.
This cash-only bar is famous for its cheap booze and unflinching age-old loyalty to the dive bar principles and staples, including a crammed-in pool table and darts, a motley crowd, hearty pours and overall bonhomie and irreverence, which reign here day in and day out. Tucked away on a nondescript stretch of K-town, the bar's untrendy location matches its plain insides, eluding mad crowds, which would otherwise no doubt storm the place for its unmatched value alone. Frank N Hanks is epically small, fiercely quaint and a true Los Angeles gem.
Ye Rustic Inn is a bar that perfectly serves the hip Los Feliz area. This casual two-room watering hole is a comfortable spot that's welcoming to both the aging regulars and the on-their-way-to-Hollywood younger crowd. The main room has a long, beaten-up bar filled with the kind of extras you only see in an Oliver Stone film. The back room offers booths for a more private night out. You can't build this kind of place—it has to age like fine wine.
This chic bar in Atwater Village attracts a lot of hipsters and youngsters. The building first opened as a bar in the 1940s and changed names several times until it became the current establishment in 1974. It is extremely popular with the Hollywood crowd because of the cheap alcohol and a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. The jukebox plays tunes from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s and there are comfortable lounge chairs strewn about where people like to kick back and relax with a drink.
Totally without attitude, Burgundy Room is so small that there is no room for anyone. This ever crowded spot is home to the casual as well as the casually dressed. T-shirts are as fancy as you will get and even the women seem far removed from those cross-town bars where your clothes and your car define you. There is a good range of beers on tap and plenty of free peanuts. And, as with all California bars and restaurants, there is not a cloud of cigarette smoke in sight.
A classic drinking establishment, this place has got some serious whiskers and a unique vibe. In keeping with the general quirkiness, the ceilings are adorned with the subtly flickering scene of a starry sky. Drink prices are startlingly low. Complimentary peanuts are dispensed generously. On a few nights, Gold Room shows its appreciation to perpetually thirsty customers by serving them free tacos fresh from the kitchen.
Located in the area known as Sunset Junction, between Silver Lake and Hollywood, 4100 Bar has become an integral part of east-sider nightlife. An apt place for the hipster, it attracts an eclectic crowd. With a red oblong bar in the middle of a spacious room and tables covered in intricate dragon patterns, the entire space adds to loquaciousness while a giant Buddha statue towers above and watches all.
A popular neighborhood hangout, this dive bar gets rowdier and rowdier as the night progresses and the drinks keep flowing. Located in Koreatown, the place is often filled with enthusiastic locals. It can be quite seedy at times, but the kitschy atmosphere more than makes up for the seediness. The drinks are very cheap and the owners are relaxed and friendly; it is the kind of place you could make a regular stop on your bar-hopping circuit.