Top 10 Bars in Echo Park

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Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 4:15 AM

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It's sometimes said that Echo Park is where people who live in Silver Lake come to drink. While we recognize that Silver Lake has plenty of watering holes of its own, we like to think of Echo Park as a particularly booze-drenched part of town. Doubtless, the scene has spiffed up a bit in recent years (see: wine bars), but there's still no shortage of the dives that make that near-dawn walk down Sunset just a wee bit wobbly.

See also: The 10 Best Bars in Silver Lake

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10. 1642 Beer and Wine

Slightly removed from Sunset's beaten-path, 1642 straddles the border of Filipinotown. The tucked away location actually works to this cozy beer and wine joint's advantage, benefiting the local crowd and eschewing lines even on the weekend. Dingy light and exposed brick make 1642 feel like it would be right at home in New York, but the prices aren't Big-Apple crazy. Order a pilsner, and watch the owner's cat have its run of the place. 1642 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026 213-989-6836

See also: The Top 10 Bars in Santa Monica

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9. Lot 1 Cafe

People complain that it's sticky inside, but that's part of the charm of this music-centric spot. (Don't worry, we won't describe it as intimate.) The acts can be hit or miss, but sometimes they nab great talent on their way up, like Summer Twins, the late Austin Peralta and So Many Wizards. The cover is never more than five bucks, and they're famous for paying their artists fairly, which makes you feel like you're doing your part against the musical slumlords that inhabit regions further west on Sunset. 1533 W. Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90026 213-481-8400

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8. Mohawk Bend

Though the vibe may be a touch bourgeois for some, the draw here is the massive selection of craft beer. The concept of this converted vaudeville theater is California -- beer director Lauren O'Neil keeps the 72 taps flowing with the best from the Golden State and one rotating out-of-state brewery. And their prices are low enough that we can forgive all the "locally sourced/seasonally-topped" jargon. It's also worth noting that Mohawk is one of the only bars where you can watch (non-Dodgers) sports in Echo Park. 2141 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 483-2337

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