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It's 1 a.m. and your crew can't decide between another bourbon or a stack of pancakes. Conrad's in Glendale will never force you into a Saturday night Sophie's Choice. Enter to the left, past the lineup of pies daring you to eat a slice, and you'll think you simply wandered into a Midwestern diner obsessed with sea-foam green. But walk to your right and you'll enter the dark lounge, lit up by a fully stocked bar and serviced not by snotty mixologists but by hyper-efficient waitresses who love to call you “sweetie.” Order up the fried chicken with a slug of whiskey, pair a BLT on rye with a dirty martini, or indulge in a wedge of cherry pie à la mode cut through by a straight-up Manhattan. No matter where you sit, it's the perfect place for your late-night contradictory cravings — and it's open 24/7. —Amy Nicholson

820 Central Ave., Glendale, 91203. (818) 246-6547.

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