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Best Little Pubs in LA

March 13, 2012 1:00 PM

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Pub, watering hole, meeting place, hole in the wall, tavern, drinking hole, bar. No matter what you call it here’s what to expect: Dark lighting, wooden bar, stiff drinks, lots of beer, relaxed atmosphere, welcoming staff, casual clientele, no techno or house music and good old fashioned affordable fun. If all of this sounds appealing the pub is your fortress. Bottoms up!
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Molly Malone’s

575 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 935-1577

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Molly Malone’s is music. This Irish pub is famous for showcasing all kinds of bands, musicians and singers. It is a dark and cozy little slice of Ireland on a busy block in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. Family owned for over 30 years this staple is home to many locals and loyal regulars. Dress it down or hip it up because comfort is welcome here. Make sure you enjoy their specialty Irish Coffee before you call it a night….it is D-LISCIOUS! And who knows, you just might get lucky and find yourself listening to a future Grammy winner. If you are really lucky you will be listening to someone who already has one.
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Burgundy Room

1621 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-7530

Definitely the darkest bar in LA! Who knows what you are drinking? Who really cares? Because they are good and strong and the way a shot should be poured. They ain’t messin’ around here. The DJ’s rock it. They play so many great tunes and a good deal of it retro. We are talking about songs you forgot you knew, really missed and are now making a fool of yourself singing at the bar as loud as you can with your best friends and your favorite beer. No worries. Nobody will notice. This is a no frills establishment but the customers are cool, the staff polite and the doorman kind…that is huge bonus in and of itself. If for some reason you want to lay low and stay out of “the scene” this is your spot. You will need a flashlight to see who is sitting next to you at the bar but that’s not always a bad thing. So drink up, sing your heart out, take a cab home and inhale a big juicy cheeseburger post-party. There is no doubt you will be craving one. No website needed or necessary. You either know it or you don’t.
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Red Rock Bar & Eatery

8782 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 854-0710

Dart boards, big screen tv’s, rockin’ tunes, a patio for smokers and the best chicken wings in town… Red Rock Bar and Eatery is a sure thing. Upstairs you will find a private room used for parties, bands and open mic night. Red Rock hosts a great happy hour and offers affordable valet parking which can be accessed through the back on Horn Street. The staff is oh so friendly and on top of their game. This is the kind of atmosphere that keeps their employees happy because you can drop in 5 years later and the same management, bartenders or servers may still be working there. The good ones, like Laura, remember your name and more importantly what you drink. NICE! Situated on the Sunset Strip this is the perfect spot to people watch as you suck back those scrumptious potato skins and soak up the glow of LA’s stunning city lights.
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Brennan’s Pub

4089 Lincoln Boulevard
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 821-6622

This is not your average Irish pub. For starters Brennan’s hosts turtle races. Bring in your turtle or you can rent one right there in the pub. Enter in the race, line him/her up on the starting line and who knows, you may just end up being the big prize winner. Perhaps a star studded collar for your beloved reptile? After all that excitement you will surely be inclined to order one of the ten…TEN…beers on draft or enjoy one of the drink specials at the Turtle Bar. The menu has pretty much everything…just reading it makes your tummy growl. And if that does not satisfy your appetite award winning Gourmet Food Trucks stop by every Tuesday night for your palate and your convenience. No need to chase one down. Play a game of pool, shoot some darts, listen to a band and you get all this with NO COVER! When St. Patty’s Day rolls around you may want to pitch a tent outside the front door…the week before. Brennan’s of Marina Del Rey is the pub that has it all and then some.
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St. Nick’s

8450 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6917

Whether you’re from Boston, Omaha or a dusty town in Texas, this pub is a classic beer and liquor joint with a Hollywood touch due to the occasional celebrity sightings without the paparazzi in tow. St Nick’s is a well known secret among long time Angelenos. The pub has a long list of “regulars” who have been sharing pints of lager together for years. Once you’ve come in and grabbed a stool at the bar or a booth in the back, you’ll soon discover that St. Nick’s is the west coast version of Cheers. It’s a great place to bring a date (provided she likes pubs) or come with a large group of friends. Its cozy, non-commercial atmosphere guarantees a good time. The bartenders always pour “heavy” on the liquor – all liquor drinks are served in a pint glass with enough booze to put you where you need to be after just one. The food is typical bar food, delicious and fresh. Come in on a Monday after work or a Saturday night after dinner, you’ll be sure to get your drink on, have a great time and feel like you’re at your home-town pub.

Sharla can be found out on the town livin’ it up LA style! Her party time website is Clubbin’ Productions, and you can also find her on Facebook.

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