There are plenty of new places to enjoy some craft beer and a pint of sunshine these days, but none has quite the cachet of the Red Lion Tavern. The 1959 Silver Lake establishment comes with some seriously deep German roots, which means steins of beer, sausages and a year-round celebration of all things Oktoberfest. You can enjoy all of this and more on the upstairs patio, with ample bar seating and a mishmash of rustic patio furniture. The faux-brick walls hold up countless German beer signs and related bric-a-brac, and the unassuming clientele keeps the atmosphere fun and loose. There's something extremely satisfying about ending your night in the warm Silver Lake air, stein in hand and sausage juice on your chin, talking with old friends and clinking glasses with new. 2366 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 662-5337, redliontavern.net. —Farley Elliott
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