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The Griffin

3000 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039


  • Sun, Sat 8pm-2am, Mon-Fri 5pm-2am
  • Fireplace, Patio/Sidewalk Dining
If Harry Potter was of age, this is where he would come for a post-Quidditch pint. Replete with Gothic revival chandeliers, stone fireplaces and tapestries bearing knights' coats of arms, this low-key, high-kitsch drinking hole gives Medieval Times a run for its money. Owned by the same folks who brought you the Laurel Tavern, the Black Boar and the Library Bar, this Atwater Village outpost features a covered smoking "room," a sturdy selection of beers (Old Speckled Hen, Lost Coast Downtown Brown and Stone IPA on tap) and a decent collection of bar snacks -- the sweet potato fries, especially, get a thumbs up. The weekend party crowd contrasts with the mellower midweek regulars, but the Griffin, dimly lit and always welcoming, is magical any night of the week.


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