There's no sign on the street to tell you where the Blind Barber is, just an illuminated, striped barber pole. Yes, you can get actual haircuts and shaves at the barbershop. But the real attraction isn't the front salon. You enter the “secret” rear saloon through an unmarked door at the back of the barbershop. Like its sister bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Culver City Blind Barber is dark and old-timey, with leather booths, a neat-o vintage cigarette machine and plenty of manly, retro swank. Plus, there are the requisite cleverly named cocktails, such as the Smoke & Dagger (Jack Daniels, jalapeño-infused Combier, lemon juice, cucumber, ginger) and Sweeney Ted (Jameson, honey, egg white and bitters). A selection of excellent grilled cheese sandwiches makes the trip worthwhile even for teetotalers. —Gendy Alimurung
10797 Washington Blvd., Culver City 90232. (310) 841-6679, blindbarber.com.
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