Sure, you can get bratwurst and goulash while sucking back German pilsners and lagers. But what makes the Red Lion Tavern so great is its charming and cozy piano bar. Seven nights a week you're in luck if you fancy a sing-along, everything from Elton John's “Tiny Dancer” to New Orleans–style, blues-tinged rock & roll. Pianists Rick Solem, Doug Lacy (who played in Oingo Boingo) and Reseda Mickey, along with keyboardist Mate Carich, will keep you entertained with a wide range of their own selections while also taking your requests. And, heck, if you feel like giving an impromptu performance yourself, Mickey encourages vocalists to get up and sing right along with her. Friendly, laid-back and casual, with live music from 8:30 p.m. to 1:45 a.m., it's exactly the kind of neighborhood gem that can guarantee a fun night with friends. —Pamela Chelin
2366 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake, 90039. (323) 662 5337, redliontavern.net.