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Where to Drink (and Not Drive) in L.A.

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A night out in Los Angeles doesn’t require a car or even an Uber account. Just ride the Metro Red Line, which leads from downtown bars to Hollywood stars. (By Lora Shinn. This appeared in the June/July 2015 issue.)
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448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
Located on the rooftop of Downtown L.A.'s Pershing Square Building, Perch is an idyllic, French-bistro-inspired bi-level bar and lounge with stunning views of the L.A. skyline. Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits by terrace tables combat chilly...
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3465 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
Fortify yourself with banchan (small dishes) at Koreatown’s Kang Ho-dong Baekjeong. Lines can be long but the rib eye, grilled on a tabletop barbecue, is worth the wait. The soundtrack’s not bad either: K-pop hits and soju-fueled chatter. By Lora...
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4628 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
At Bar Covell in Los Feliz, there’s no wine menu to speak of. Bartenders will match your highly specialized cravings (something, say, big and jammy with a little bit of funk) to one of 150 pours. The best seats in the house are under the...
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5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre was the brainchild of Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and others who starred in Comedy Central's sketch comedy Upright Citizens Brigade in the late '90s. The comedians expanded the idea into...
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1611 N El Centro Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
The 1970s decor, fridge-door entrance, and inventive drinks of Good Times at Davey Wayne’s have cemented it as L.A.’s coolest bar scene. Expect long lines on peak nights, but the wait is well worth it once you get inside and take a...
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1717 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
A five-minute walk away from the bar, the scarlet-red exterior of The Redbury Hotel is impossible to miss. Sip Scotch in the book-lined Library Lounge before heading upstairs to your suite, where a record player and LPs will keep the party going....
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1555 Vine St #119, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
On Sundays, a farmers’ market takes over Hollywood’s Selma Avenue. The easiest way to enjoy its produce is to brunch at the restaurant Field Trip. Angelenos flock to the sunny dining room for the city’s current hot dish: fancified porridge. Try...