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A Toast to the New School of LA Bars

Gone are the days when the term “wine bar” summoned visions of condescending staff and high-maintenance dates. Likewise, beer has moved from man-cave property to something you can collect, savor, and be snobby about, if you like. The joy of the new school beer and wine joint can’t be...

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LA’s Hottest Young Chefs Are at Far East Plaza

Whether you’re coming from a late-night show downtown or perhaps out for an afternoon food jaunt, nothing could be better than finding yourself in LA’s Far East Plaza, the coolest mall food court on the planet. The outside looks like an abandoned 1980s shopping center, but inside lives some of our...

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LA’s Tastiest Riffs on Poké

If you’ve been in Los Angeles for more than ten minutes, chances are someone has talked to you about poké, Hawaii’s version of street food–when the “street” is a line of gleaming sand sloping down to the Pacific. In the past few years, the poké invasion has reached every...

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A SIXTY Guide to LA’s Whisky Scene

Los Angeles is roughly halfway between Japan and Scotland. A coincidence, then, that LA’s bar scene includes some of the country’s best places to drink whiskey/whisky? No way. Whether you’re looking for a $5 happy hour old fashioned or an ultra-rare Stitzel-Weller cask release, we have you covered. The...

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SIXTY Imbibes: 1886 Bar at The Raymond

It’s almost as difficult to figure out the provenance of the building as it is to find it. Tucked back behind a freeway ramp in Pasadena, the entrance and the name are deceptive. Is this a hotel bar? Where is the door? With a little attention to the map,...

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A No-Cook Guide to Thanksgiving in LA

True: it’s a holiday invented in the 20th century to commemorate a fictional 17th century feast, evolved into a celebration of overeating, the American blood sport of football, and awkward conversations with relatives you see one to two times per year. But if fortune favors you, you’ll be having...

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Bartender’s Choice: LA’s Bespoke Drinks

It can take a lot of studying to be a high-class barkeep these days, and with interesting wines more accessible than ever, it’s hard to blame some bars for compiling menus thick as doorstops. Choice is good, but sometimes overwhelming. When you want to try something new but don’t...

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A Guide to LA’s Homegrown Coffee Shops

Remember that first really good espresso? The one that made you look up at the barista in shock? It tasted so bright, so far from the bitterish mud you’d been sloshing milk into all those years, that it was hard to believe you’d lived this long, thinking yourself fulfilled,...

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LA’s Hidden Patio Restaurant

Standing in front of Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese, we knew what we had to do. Still, finding Maré, Eric Greenspan’s “secret” upstairs patio restaurant, required some nerve. We walked past the grilled cheese counter, made a right at the bathrooms, climbed a short flight of stairs past the manager mousing away...

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5 Life-Changing Wine Shops in LA

Despite years of working in bars, I knew virtually nothing about wine until I came to California. Sure, I drank vats of it, knew sweet from dry, could occasionally tell you that Tempranillo was Spanish. But mostly I was out of my depth and short on enthusiasm. Then I...

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