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Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Best of L.A.

5 Great L.A. Bars for Booze and Cocktail Lovers

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Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 3:30 AM
Seven Grand - ANDY HERMANN
  • Andy Hermann
  • Seven Grand
For connoisseurs of hard liquor, these are the best of times. The cocktail revival has fueled an explosion of new drinking establishments that take their spirits as seriously as you do, while breathing new life into the old, dark-paneled institutions where bartenders have plied their gentlemanly craft since the days of Bogart and Bacall.

In compiling our Best Of L.A. issue, we highlighted a handful of bars that have honed their expertise on a single spirit or cocktail to an unparalleled degree — plus one bar that's riffing on classic cocktails so inventively, it's where all the off-duty bartenders hang out.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Best of L.A.

20 Great Neighborhood Bars in L.A.

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Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 4:00 AM
The Hermosillo - SARAH BENNETT
  • Sarah Bennett
  • The Hermosillo
Drinking your way across this magnificent, sprawling city of ours can be hazardous to your health, but that didn't stop us from trying (thanks, Uber).

From the beaches to Boyle Heights, what we found time and again is that the best neighborhood bars aren't the super-hip hotspots where you have to fight overdressed crowds to get an overpriced "craft cocktail" from a "mixologist." They're the unpretentious places with cheap happy hour specials, generous pours, good jukeboxes, and decor that says, "Relax. You don't have to impress anyone here."

We picked 20 such spots for this year's Best Of L.A. issue. While they barely scratch the surface of L.A.'s many distinctive corners and hundreds of fantastic bars, we felt that each one reps its neighborhood with pride and style. Even — especially! — the dives.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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The Best L.A. Musicians, 2014

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Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 4:19 AM
Jenny O. - PHOTO: MELANIE BELLOMO
  • Photo: MELANIE BELLOMO
  • Jenny O.
We're big boosters of the L.A. music scene, but even considering our undying love for the locals, this has been a banner year.

Los Angeles musicians not only continue to be heralded around the world, they're setting the agenda. And L.A. is not some one trick genre pony, either; across the spectrum, from rock to electronic to hip-hop to Latin to metal to punk, L.A. musicians continues to inspire. Culled from this year's Best Of L.A. issue, here are Los Angeles' best musicians.

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Dumbfoundead - PHOTO BY DANNY LIAO
  • Photo by Danny Liao
  • Dumbfoundead

How would some of L.A.'s most interesting and influential people live their last day in L.A.? We find out in this series, which accompanies our Best of L.A. issue.

When I wake up, I'd go to Haus (3826 W. Sixth Street) and get a black coffee. I don't really do breakfast. Then I'd sit out on my porch. I'd roll a joint on my patio and look at all the hungover Korean girls in sunglasses and Ugg boots and shorts that say "Juicy" on the ass.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

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10 Best L.A. Bars and Restaurants With Live Music

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Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 4:30 AM
Breaking Arrows at Loaded - LINA LECARO
  • Lina Lecaro
  • Breaking Arrows at Loaded
Los Angeles has some of the best live music venues in the city. Take these, for example

But what if one prefers to enjoy bands in the cozier settings of a bar or restaurant? Here, then, are the 10 best L.A. bars and restaurants with live music. 

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

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Best Indie Albums of the Year (So Far)

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Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 4:06 AM
Cherry Glazerr - PHOTO BY RHYAN SANTOS
  • Photo by Rhyan Santos
  • Cherry Glazerr
The first half of 2014 has given us a lot to talk about.

Last week Jeff Weiss picked his favorite L.A. albums from the first half of 2014; his list was mainly composed of hip-hop and electronic-focused albums. 

Below, now are our picks for the best L.A. indie albums. 

See also: The 5 Most Anticipated Upcoming Albums From California Artists

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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10 Best Guitar Repair Shops in Los Angeles

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Thu, May 29, 2014 at 4:15 AM
Truetone Music - FALLING JAMES
  • Falling James
  • Truetone Music
Not so careful with that ax, Eugene? In a city that probably has more total guitarists than anywhere else on Earth, a good, reputable guitar shop is a major necessity, and not always easy to find.

Here's an overview of some of the better guitar techs, luthiers, and repair shops in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bars

Top 10 Craziest, Most Hard-Partying Bars in L.A.

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Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 4:00 AM
The Down and Out - LINA LECARO
  • Lina Lecaro
  • The Down and Out
There are plenty of upscale places in L.A. to get mixology drinks, but whatever happened to bars that just DGAF? 

Oh, they're here. Trust us, you just have to seek them out. Fortunately, we've done the heavy lifting for you, and below are 10 bars where the clientele get drunk, crazy, and up to no good.

Whether you're looking to lift your spirits, get annihilated, or just find some over-the-top camaraderie, these spots will be up your alley.

See also: Top 10 Bars in Echo Park

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

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Ten Great L.A. Open Mic Nights for Music

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Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 4:00 AM
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Los Angeles overflows with musicians who will one day be famous - and many more who will disappear into the ether. Everyone's trying to make it, and searching for the right crowd to show off their stuff. 

Thankfully, our city is blessed with lots of open-mic nights, where, for anyone who can work up the courage, a stage awaits. Here are ten of our favorites.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

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The 10 Best Record Stores in L.A.

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Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Gimme Gimme Records - LEONARD DRORIAN
  • Leonard Drorian
  • Gimme Gimme Records
L.A's fertile vinyl scene provides the ideal terrain to start an archaeological dig for records. With a resurgence in turntable culture leading to a proliferation of record stores around town, especially on the east side, locals now have even more excuses to drop a needle on an LP.

Residents of most cities spend their time lamenting their lack of record stores, but here there's enough to make you dizzy. Which is why, after visiting the most talked about spots in town and thoroughly examining their collections, we've put together a list of the 10 best record stores in L.A.

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