Established in 1908, Philippe the Original is one of Los Angeles' oldest restaurants, made famous by the French-dipped sandwich it claims to have invented. The average tourist knows to order a juicy beef sandwich with a crisp pickle and a scoop of macaroni or potato salad, but the locals know that this cafeteria also serves some of the most inexpensive draft beer in town. At least half of Philippe's six taps feature local brews from the likes of San Diego's Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Santa Barbara's 805 and L.A.'s Angel City Brewery. At $3.90 for a 10-ounce glass and $5.95 for a pint, it's almost cheaper to drink an Angel City beer here than it is at the actual brewery, just a mile south on Alameda. If you want to order a beer whose brewery predates even Philippe, Bud Light is even easier on the wallet: For less than $4 a pint, you may still have cash left over for a slice of apple pie. —Jennifer Swann

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