Best Neighborhood Bar (2012)
The lights at the Tattle Tale Room are bare but low, illuminating half-awake bikers snuggling in booths with heavily tattooed dames; aspiring cougars in sequins swishing through the narrow spaces between tables and stools; a white guy in a black tank top hopping up to rap a karaoke rendition of "California Love." The bikers nod along. Some patrons shoot pool in the back, but most participate in that most ancient and popular of barroom pastimes: leering. They hang back along the edges of the room, scuzzy friends gathered around, grinning, sipping and occasionally stumbling over to the bar to get another drink — usually a tequila shot or a 24-ounce can of Tecate. Karaoke happens every night of the week, which isn't necessarily a good thing, unless the blue-wigged bartender is doing her rendition of "Fade Into You," that is. Hungry patrons make do with pretzels and stale peanuts. On the plus side, it's a Packers bar, the drinks are as cheap as the decor, and most of the late-night brawlers have the decency to take their scraps to the pavement outside. 5401 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 390-2489.
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