The Oyster House Saloon's back patio is a very down-home, charming scene, dimly lit with Jameson-bottle lamps, as well as comfy benches enclosed within faux brick walls and open-sky beamed ceilings. Inside and out, the Studio City seafood spot has an eclectic mix of customers — including plenty of rock and jazz musicians. The narrow space is half restaurant, half bar, and its stage features live jazz. The drinks are cheap, and the bar fare revolves around steaming bowls of clam chowder and oyster shooters. It's an excellent place to get a drink and some good food, and maybe even meet a musically inclined friend. 12446 Moorpark St., Studio City. (818) 761-8686. —Norm Jenssen

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