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The Harbor Room

Playa Del Rey

The Harbor Room is truly tiny. Like, six bar stools tiny. Like the white haired longtime bartender can barely turn around behind the bar to sling his stiff drinks tiny. Which is exactly what is so great about it. Zero pretension, a vintage jukebox playing classic vintage tunes, and fairly vintage customers, judging from the demographic that is usually hanging out. This is a dive bar in the truest sense.

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The Cinema Bar

Culver City

Not only is The Cinema Bar one of the tiniest live music venues in Los Angeles, it's also one of the best. The minuscule stage hosts many of the city's best troubadours, usually of the honky-tonk, singer-songwriter ilk, which is perfect for the intimate space. A small bar lines one side, and a couple bar tables are set up along the other side, but most likely you'll be standing as you tap your toes along. There is a small patio out back that serves as a place to regroup in the fresh air and somewhere where you can hear yourself talk.

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The Museum of Jurassic Technology

Culver City

The cabinet of curiosities that is The Museum of Jurassic Technology isn't so small itself, but the collections inside feature some of the tiniest art works ever created. Founded in 1988 by husband and wife, David Hildebrand Wilson and Diana Drake Wilson, the museum is intended to be "an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic." The Lower Jurassic, obviously, is the cooler of the two. The micromosaics by Harold Dalton, made from nearly invisible butterfly scales are really something, as are the microminiature sculptures by Hagop Sandaldjian that could probably be destroyed by a sneeze. Best of all, you can take them home via an old school Viewfinder available in the gift shop! Pretty cool.

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Tiki Ti

Los Feliz

This authentically retro Tiki bar is legendary, as are the good times had by all who enter. Consider yourself lucky if you snag one of the 12 or so seats, then sit back and enjoy one of the at least 94 tropical drinks that have made this a drinker's institution since 1961. Family owned and operated still, "The Tik" is carrying on the nearly lost art of the exotic cocktail, many of which cannot be found anywhere else, and they are not messing around. Take the "Black Widow," made with rum, lime juice, fruit juices, and topped off with champagne, or the “Dr. Funk," made with gin and a hint of black licorice. It’s worth a trip just to check out these crazy drink names. Oh, and bring cash, because that's all that's gonna get you one of their famous Tiki creations.

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1. The Harbor Room 195 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 (Marina Del Rey)

THR is a great little dive with a jukebox -- which takes up a lot of the small joint's space -- this is apparently one of the smallest bars in LA.

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2. Cinema Bar 3967 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230 (Culver City)

This bar is what every dive should be: friendly, casual, cheap, and offering up a stellar rotation of live music most nights.

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3. Museum of Jurassic Technology 9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (Culver City)

This wacky "museum" features off-the-wall exhibits like a diorama of trailer parks. Pro Tip: Don't miss the tea room upstairs.

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4. Tiki-Ti 4427 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

True to its name, Tiki-Ti churns out notoriously tasty (and dangerously sweet) island-inspired libations. As is the custom with all great tiki spots, drinks topped with fresh skewered pineapple, passion fruit juice, and various island rums are served in coconut shells and thematic tiki-faced jugs -- the bar tenders at this joint are big believers in the fact that no one should feel guilty about craving a sugary, pink, paper-umbrella-topped cocktail. The space itself is equally festive, displaying a museum-like array of Polynesian statues, masks, and keepsakes, almost as diverse and extensive as the drink menu itself. And along with the pop-artifact collection, the island charm aesthetic at this tropical drink haven is complete with a steady soundtrack of easy-listening, beat-heavy music.