Located smack in the middle of the city, the year-old Sonos Studio is not a big room, and its shows, listening parties and interview sessions — featuring folks like Beck, The Lonely Island and Solange — often have lines around the block. But they're worth queuing up for, as the events at the space are (a) free and (b) have free booze. And we're not talking Gordon's spirits but stuff like gourmet Screwdrivers made with Aranciata and Svedka. Not only that but the place also usually has art and tech exhibits tied in to the musical guest: Beck's party had recording equipment so attendees could make their own versions of his songs, while The Lonely Island were featured in funny, ludicrous photos on the wall. And, as you can imagine at a space bankrolled by the Santa Barbara speaker company, the sound quality is first-rate. 145 N. La Brea Ave., Fairfax District. sonos-studio.com. —Ben Westhoff

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