Smog Cutter

864 N. Virgil Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Smog Cutter +

Lina Lecaro


  • Daily 1pm-2am
Hard to say what's the more audacious amusement inside this narrow, photo-collage-covered dive in East Silver Lake, technically the "Thai Town" area: the spirited karaoke sessions (most nights) or the spunky Thai barmaids spewing a mix of flirtations, reprimands (if you don't drink up enough) and alcoholic nuggets of wisdom (every night). The Cutter's "cool" peak was probably around 2000, but it remains a popular place with locals thanks to its austere yet arousing atmosphere. It's a great place to "take over" for birthday parties on weeknights, especially when owner "Mama" Nita gets in on the fun, doing shots with patrons and boogying to the sounds of karaoke classics like "Baby Got Back" and "Don't Stop Believin'."
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