A little further west down Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, in so-called Boys Town, the bars are rowdy, packed affairs that pump up the dance music and pump out the drinks. At eastward-leaning Bar Lubitsch, the vibe is decidedly more casual -- and usually less cramped. Sure, the long wooden bar is never completely empty, and on the weekends the black booths that frame the other edge of the space fill up quickly with young drinkers in search of a stiff mixed drink, but a few large well-placed mirrors make the room seem bigger than it is. Most of the house cocktails -- including the mandatory Moscow Mule -- pack a strong vodka kick, but the full bar offers something for everyone, including those not inclined to do their drinking Russian-style. Drop by on a quieter Thursday night and you might just even find your favorite local stand-up comedian in the back, putting on a free show for anyone who cared to drop by.
Cuisines: European, Russian