When it comes to nightlife, West Hollywood has a swanky side (see: Sky Bar), a slutty side (see: Santa Monica Boulevard), a riotous side (see: the Roxy), and gay bars are their own animal. But if we're simply talking about booze and the best spot in which to pound it, you're not going to do better than Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub. The prices are fair, the room is cozy but rarely obnoxiously crowded, and the greasy-grub nightly specials — such as Taco Tuesdays and Slider Night Wednesdays — are great. Rock & Reilly's had a lot to live up to, considering it filled the shoes of the dearly departed Cat Club. Though the new watering hole is not the rocker hub of yesteryear, it nonetheless offers a no-nonsense destination for drinking and hanging out before and after music shows on the Strip. —Lina Lecaro
8911 W. Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd., 90069. (310) 360-1400, rnrpub.com.