LA Mill Coffee always was ahead of the curve. It was here, mind you, perfecting its coffee roast in Alhambra well before a certain Chicago roaster went West, and it was using pour-over cones and siphon filters while ripples of the third wave of coffee were barely reaching the city's shores. Now, even in the midst of L.A.'s long-overdue coffee renaissance, LA Mill stands out not only for its own damn good brand of coffee but also for its hours. Unlike most cafés that close right around the time your grandmother turns on the telly to watch Alex Trebek fuss over his markers, LA Mill's exceptional espresso and food menu caffeinates and feeds writers, hipsters and other locals until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. Lest you think that's still too early to close, a glass of the Black & Black — a hand-dripped iced coffee mixed with an Old Rasputin stout — will get you through the night. Now that's a potent potable. 1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 663-4441,

—Tien Nguyen

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