Best Place to Hide From Your Editor Los Angeles 2012 - Redwood Bar & Grill
Been avoiding that story about City Council corruption? Having trouble coming up with something nice to write about Dwight Howard? Turn off the BlackBerry and climb aboard the Redwood Bar & Grill. A steep block from the Los Angeles Times, Redwood Bar is a cozy, nautical-themed bar that also happens to be full of Times writers. Have a good Sam Zell joke? This is your forum. (It probably will even be better than what you'll hear at the Redwood's open-mic comedy offerings.) With its low lighting, cheap drinks and decent burger, the Redwood is a safe place to dodge those deadlines while feeling like you're far from work in the bottom of a ship. 316 West Second St., dwntwn. (213) 680-2600, theredwoodbar.com.
—Sean J. O'Connell