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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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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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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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The Best Vegan Ice Cream Spots in LA

Ten years ago my body decided to go dairy-free: no more milk products for me. My ice cream-loving brain was devastated. Since then, each summer brought along the challenge of watching others devour mint chocolate chip cones and offer me sorbet as an alternative. Sorbet. As if some thin,...

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The Best Outdoor Beer Drinking in LA

Even in LA, there is something about drinking a beer at a picnic table at the end of May that makes it feel like summer, even when the temps hover in the low ’70s. My formative drinking experiences were all outside in the warming months—on wooden benches, wrapped in...

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Tiki Night at Sonny’s Hideaway

We have to go to Highland Park on Tuesday, because it’s Tiki Night at Sonny’s Hideaway. We are bartenders and should know better than to come on days when the crowd might be too thick, but there is still something about a tall glass of booze and pebbled ice with...

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