Food & Drink

These are LA's 13 Bad Decision Bars

Published On 11/15/2013 Published On 11/15/2013
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1. Hank's Bar 840 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Hidden in the lobby of the Stilwell Hotel on Grand St., Hank’s is a Downtown dive that’s been a neighborhood favorite for over half a century. The dark, narrow bar is home to a jukebox, cheap drinks, and cheaper popcorn (it’s free). The sign outside reads “Hank’s Delightful Dining & Drinking.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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3. Sam's Hofbrau 1751 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Located in Downtown LA, Sam's is a must-stop if you're looking to keep the night going.

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4. Brass Monkey Karaoke 659 S Mariposa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Brass Monkey is a bit on the smaller side, so if you want to get a spot and sing your heart out, get there early and reserve a spot.

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5. Gas Lite 2030 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Gas Lite is a special place, mainly because every night is karaoke night. But if singing isn't your thing, well then you can always watch other people make a fool of themselves. That's always fun too...

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6. Saddle Ranch Chop House 8371 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Boasting large rib-eye steaks and a mechanical bull, Saddle Ranch is no doubt a legit steakhouse. Oh yeah, and they have huge stacks of cotton candy. Don't ask questions, just eat it.

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7. Kibitz Room 410 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Opened in 1961 as a small venue for bands and musicians alike to jam, Kibitz's still offers music every night of the week... and cheap drinks.

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8. La Cita Bar 336 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This hipster haven boasts mariachi tunes, plus musical theme nights like "Punky Reggae" and "Mustache Monday". Check out this Downtown boozer on the weekends, too, because they're serving up a crazy Bloody Mary bar at what they've dubbed "Sunday Bloody Sunday". In addition to an indoor dance floor there is also a spacious outdoor patio to really spread out and sip on cheap but strong drinks.

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9. James' Beach 60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90022

Looking for a new spot to get out of the Downtown hustle? Check out James' Beach in Venice to change up your weekend game.

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10. The Powerhouse 1714 N Highland, Hollywood, CA 90028

While she dips into Hollywood and Highland for a latte (and emerges with, like, eight handbags and a panicked look on her face), you can dip into $7 near-double top shelf pours, a jukebox stuffed with the classics (Boston, Journey, mo' Boston!), and characters ranging from a dude who looks like Mr. T, to a chick/dude that looks like Mr. T, to a...wait, that's actually Mr. T.

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11. Happy Ending 7038 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

The boozy dream of a group of people including former Mint chef Matthew Gladstone, this massive ode to gratification rests upon the three pillars of bar awesomeness: a great happy hour, an ambitious menu, and flatscreens -- 30 of 'em.

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12. The Overpass 303 East 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90004

The Overpass in Silverlake is an invite-only speakeasy. It opens late and is hard to find, but if you're on the list (or you know the password), then you're one step ahead of us.

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13. Busby's East 5364 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Busby's East may have the most comprehensive checklist of "stuff a sports bar should have" you've ever seen. Every television sports package and 40 flat screens? Check. Extensive food and drink menus? Check. Free bar games, arcade games and board games? Check. Live bands, DJs and a lively nightclub scene? Check. Checkmate, Busby's East.