If you’re looking for a spontaneous comedy night, the Virgil is an easy go-to spot. It’s not like, say, Upright Citizens Brigade, where you have to get tickets ahead of time. The schedule is anchored by weekly comedy show Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, but there are lots of oddball entries, such as the monthly variety show Victory Lap and the aptly titled Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction. The space used to be Little Temple but got a 2012 rebranding from Temple Bar Concepts, which also owns Townhouse and the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice. The stage curtains and the curved banquettes give a classy, nostalgic vibe, but the space is loose enough that you can hover in the back (or sit at the bar) if you’re alone. Not a comedy fan? The Virgil often hosts live music and DJs. Or you can sit in the bar’s more intimate “B Side” and enjoy happy hour, with $8 craft cocktails, from 7 to 9 p.m. nightly and all night on Tuesdays. —Zachary Pincus-Roth

4519 Santa Monica Blvd., E. Hlywd., 90029. (323) 660-4540, thevirgil.com.

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