Red Lion Tavern isn’t just our favorite German beer garden on the Eastside, it’s one of our all-time favorite spots in LA, period. There are few experiences as enjoyable as sitting out on the back patio, ordering a sausage sampler, and drinking boots of beer until you actually think you’re in Germany. If the outdoor beer garden becomes too much (it does get crowded), head inside to the dark downstairs lounge and watch Father Time (aka a really old dude) croon at the piano for a few hours.
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Ceviche Project is an excellent Eastside date night spot, with inventive and interesting takes on raw fish.
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Rasselbock is a Long Beach biergarten that’s also one of the city’s best places to watch a game.
Wirsthaus is a sleepy German beer garden in Fairfax that has 30-something beers and solid German food.
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Between the atmosphere, plating, and oh God, that cocktail menu, Cliff’s Edge hits on all cylinders when it comes to making your night feel like a NIGHT. Take note, Silver Lake: the finer things in life aren’t always boring.
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Cha Cha Lounge is a Mexican-themed bar in Silver Lake and always more fun than you think it will be.
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