Despite all of Venice’s changes over the past few years, its main thoroughfare (Lincoln Blvd.) remains a little sad on the eyes: never-ending traffic and enough muffler shops for every car in LA. But The Lincoln has provided this part of Venice with the cool, casual bar they needed. Weekend lines can get long, but the crowd remains low-key. There are also Top Gun-themed cocktails. Get involved.
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