In Los Angeles, just because a bar is crowded, it doesn’t mean you want to be spending time there (in fact, the opposite is often true). But Lowboy is an exception. This spot on Sunset in Echo Park has been crowded since the day it opened, and it’s a great place to meet people - they’ve got fun music, a mellow crowd, and a good beer list. They even have a surprisingly solid smashburger. The real reason you’re here, though, are the cocktails - like the particularly lethal Viva Sandia with vodka, coconut milk, and watermelon.
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Masa of Echo Park Bakery & Cafe
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