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Top 10 Miracle Mile Bars

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Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 4:00 AM

click to enlarge ERIN LYALL
  • Erin Lyall
Miracle Mile is pretty much smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles. It got its name for its improbable rise from a dirt farm road to a mid-century shopping destination, one of the most desirable areas in L.A. in the 1950's. That distinction diminished as other neighborhoods developed "downtowns" of their own, and over the decades Miracle Mile's glamour has faded a bit -- as knows anyone who's traveled the pot-holey stretch of Wilshire.

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But it's still got tons of great spots, from the museums to the ornate old theaters. When it comes to watering holes, locals will tell you there aren't as many as there could be. Never fear, however -- we sought out the best bars for you. And so here are the best places to pull up a stool and grab a shot of tequila, an Irish coffee, or whatever's your pleasure.

click to enlarge 326 in The Farmers Market - ERIN LYALL
  • Erin Lyall
  • 326 in The Farmers Market
10. Farmers Market Bars

While The Original Farmers Market is an L.A. landmark, the two bars inside (formally named 326 and EB's) are easily missed on your hunt for Loteria tacos or a cone at Bennett's. They both serve approximately the same assortment of beer (drafts and bottles) and wine by the glass, but of the two, 326 wins for location -- right in the middle of the hustle and bustle, the perfect place to sit with a pitcher of beer while you people-watch. Go during happy hour (4-7pm, Monday through Friday) for $1 off all pints and $4 glasses of wine. It's a great place in early evening for a casual supper, though of course it's BYOF (Bring Your Own Food). 6333 W. Third Street; 326 Phone: 323-549-2156, EB's Phone: 323-549-2157

click to enlarge MOLLY MALONE'S
  • Molly Malone's
9. Molly Malone's

As one of the few live music venues in the Miracle Mile, Molly Malone's has been a mainstay for 40 years... evolving from an Irish pub with Irish music to a dive bar with a steady supply of good local rock bands. The groups play in the large back room, and up front there are darts, TVs, a nice long bar and moderately priced stiff drinks. It's dark, it's loud, it's grungy and it's an excellent place to hide. Some nights will have a cover, some won't, so be sure to call ahead. 575 S Fairfax Ave.; 323-935-1577

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click to enlarge The kitsch of Little Bar - ERIN LYALL
  • Erin Lyall
  • The kitsch of Little Bar
8. Little Bar Lounge

There's so much about to love about Little Bar: the '80s rock blaring from the juke box. The enormous wooden stools that could easily host a Weight Watchers meeting for long-haul truckers. Darts. The hodge-podge on the walls (a plane here, some license plates there, a mermaid, a rocket ship, a shamrock). It's a place that feels familiar, like a well-worn Boston institution. So, what's not to love? The cocktails, which generally aren't given the attention they deserve. So pull up one of those massive stools to a wagon-wheel table and order a PBR on draft. And if you do it before 8pm Monday thru Friday, domestic beers are $3. 757 S La Brea Ave.; 323-937-9210

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