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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1642 is an effortlessly cool bar in Echo Park with a great wine and beer selection, plus live music.
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Thunderbolt in Echo Park is a fairly new bar, but it already feels like a neighborhood institution.
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Sidecar is a low-key cocktail bar in San Luis Obispo, and a nice spot to escape the Cal Poly fake ID crowd.
Ojai Beverage Company
Ojai Beverage Company might look like a normal liquor store, but in the back they serve great craft beer and a simple bar menu.
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When you need a last-minute reservation and you don’t want to settle, remember Ostrich Farm - a seasonal American spot in Echo Park.
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