The Venice Boardwalk isn’t generally a place we advise people to go drink, but The Waterfront is the exception. The sprawling neighborhood bar/cafe has actually been around since the mid-90s, but recently underwent a big renovation that includes a brand new patio, an updated food menu, and plenty of decorative surfboards (of course). The weekend crowd is definitely filled with more tech bros than a Snapchat singles mixer, but this is Venice - it just comes with the territory.
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Gran Blanco is a new bar next to the Venice Boardwalk with good food, great drinks, and a surprisingly chill crowd.
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Barbrix in Silver Lake is an all-day spot, but your best move is to come here for a great, affordable brunch.
Cassell’s is a retro diner in the Normandie Hotel in Koreatown with great pies and a life-changing patty melt.
Pie ’N Burger
Pie ’n Burger is an OG spot in Pasadena, serving up some of the best burgers in LA since 1963.
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Hinano Cafe is a Venice icon and the kind of place you go into for one drink and walk out plastered and maybe with a lower-back henna tattoo.
Bar Calo is a Mexican cocktail bar/restaurant in Echo Park that reminds you why you love LA.
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