Drink your beer in big glass boots (one liter or two!) at the Red Lion Tavern (2366 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake; 213-662-5337). Choose from Warsteiner, Spaten, Dinkel and the always beloved Beck's, among other German imports, while you party in the upstairs garden. A Silver Lake establishment since 1962, pubgoers sing along to Matthew the one-man-band, and eat their schnitzel under the stars.
A little piece of Gatsby's fabled East Egg comes to Pasadena with the Twin Palms (101 W. Green St., Pasadena; 626-577-2567), an outdoor bar, restaurant and music venue in the middle of gentrified Old Town. This is no sweaty, beer-swilling hole - huge canvas sails shade the patio, and a misting system keeps the swank patrons cool. Come during happy hour, when martinis and some menu items are a tasty $3.
The first time I ever had a fresh fruit smoothie was in 1986 at the old juice stand in Grand Central Market. The first time I ever sat down at a bar next to a small grandmother in a black-lace shawl was 12 years later, at Grand Central's China Cafe (317 South Broadway; 213-624-2378). We settled at the counter, surrounded by grinning old men drinking Tecate and eating chow mein. She bought me a Corona (only $1.50) and pushed the lime into the bottle. I bought her one, too. She finished hers first.