A meanie bartender can ruin your whole night, not to mention your drink! These places have bartenders that are cool, friendly, and know when you cut you off before you become a drunk fool.
One of the coolest cantinas in LA. They have an impressive tequila bar, cuban cigar bar and mariachi bands that aren't obnoxious!
Actually decent music (rare in the hipster world) and cool vibe. Considering that it used to be a tranny lounge, I must say its gotten quite a make-over. Love the artwork they display.
One of the few joints west of the 405 where you can find quality comedy shows. Unpretentious and friendly crowd.
Literally, a hidden gem. Creative drinks that are made properly by a mixologist that looks like he fell out of the 1920's. This is also the only place I know that has absinthe.
As a Belgian, I'm picky about beers and I was thoroughly impressed by they're selection. Bartenders are also really knowledgeable when you don't know which beer to chose from.
Perfect ambiance. Not too chic and not too "sketchy-dirty-divebar-that-I-might-get-mugged-at". Great beer and man-candy selection.
It's right by my house and a great spot to meet my friends after work or a day of shopping at the Beverly Center just a few blocks down. I'd actually go here by myself just for the fries.
Laid back and fun bar. They even have Jenga and Connect Four which is 10 times more fun after some tequila.