As we were told by a mouthbreathing, knuckle-dragging jerk at one of the very bars described within, Silver Lake grew up a long time ago. So that's why we feel no need to treat it like some pegged-pants screw-up who only chugs cheap pilsner. In fact, some of the bars in the following list of Silver Lake's ten best watering holes are, in fact, respectable. So take a knee, slugger. We're gonna get you straightened out.
10. Casita Del Campo
Let's start off with an old stand-by that never needed growing-up. Tucked off of Hyperion, behind ivy walls, the Casita hides a massive restaurant space and a small but lively cabaret theater. Between the two, the 50-year-old establishment's bar churns out the strongest margaritas around. It's hard to resist their hacienda-style charm, especially when you're getting ripped to the tits (real or otherwise) and taking in an amazing drag show. 1920 Hyperion Ave. LA 90027; (323) 662-4255
The Thirsty Crow may be one of many trendy chain bars, but they seem to have grasped the appropriate aesthetic for the maturing side of Silver Lake. They play hip-but-not-too-hip tunes, have an extensive whiskey-based cocktail menu and maintain a dark and cleverly adorned interior. Above all else, the bartenders are of the highest quality and composure, even when it's 20 deep on a Friday night -- frequently erring on the side of a heavy pour. 2939 W. Sunset Blvd. LA; 90026 (323) 661-6007
8. EL Cid
El Cid boasts terraced descent below the sidewalk, made dramatically charming by greenery and outdoor seating. Fueled decently tasty drinks and catering to a more theatrical crowd, they've also cornered the flamenco market in L.A. Oh, and they've got bands, too. 4212 W. Sunset Blvd. LA; (323) 668-0318