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What is it about a bar that is just so much more enticing than other options? Is it the neighborhood, or the clientele? Perhaps a huge, big screen TV with the latest sports event, or great clientele parked on bar stools? Probably not. There is one thing that the most successful bars all have in common. Spoiler Alert: it’s the food. Here are a few selected places that will surprise and delight you with unexpectedly tasty bar food.
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The Oyster House Saloon
12446 Moorpark St.
Studio City, CA
(818) 761-8686
www.oysterhousesaloon.com

Located in Studio City, The Oyster House Saloon is a little gem tucked away in this popular Valley city where you would least expect it. Off the beaten path, this oyster house will blow your socks off with amazing food and affordable prices. After their many years in business, The Oyster House Saloon has become a favorite for the local jazz musicians and TV executives. An eclectic group of friendly faces are usually enjoying a bowl of chowder or a round or oyster shooters at the bar. It’s easy to get the party started with different Happy Hour specials every night as well. Open from 11am to 2am daily.

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The Eclectic
5156 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 760-2233
www.theeclectic.com

An impressive bar that boasts a bustling Happy Hour from 3pm to 6pm daily, The Eclectic serves food at the bar and the menu offers interesting and unusual items like Portobello fries and home made Focaccia bread with meatballs in marinara sauce. A surprising mix of tasty bar food samplings as well as a full lunch, dinner or after dinner menus are also on hand from a vast selection of continental cuisine favorites, snacks and desserts.

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Stanley’s Restaurant & Bar
13817 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 986-4623
www.stanleysshermanoaks.com

This bar has remained a tradition in the Valley for decades and is known for their impressive bar in the entrance. The Sherman Oaks bar also serves a busy happy hour crowd from 3pm to 6pm. The clientele is mostly derived from the working stiffs in local office buildings, but it’s easy to understand why young professionals searching for love usually find it at this local watering hole. A cozy and inviting atmosphere along with delicious food served at the bar, dining room or patio. Try the artichoke appetizer with a strawberry Margarita on your next visit.

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Bon Vivant
3155 Glendale Blvd.
Atwater Village, CA 90027
(323) 284-8013
www.bonvivantcafe.com

Atwater Village’s Bon Vivant offers up a respective full bar with a skilled mixologist on staff along with great eats. However, at Bon Vivant, there is more than just a bar to stop in for a drink. This little French bistro and marketplace has great fresh bread baked daily with a huge menu for lunch or dinner. Happy hour starts at 4pm with delicious appetizers and drinks at great discounts. This is a stop that you’ll want to go out of your way to include if you are anywhere near the Atwater Village area. Take some fancy desserts home for later, too.

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(credit: Marie W./Yelp)


The Red Lion Tavern
2366 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 662-5337
www.redliontavern.net

The authentic, old fashioned, German pub experience is captured in this historical tavern. Since the doors opened more than 50 years ago, this location has been dishing up generous pub food and specialty beers to a roaring crowd ever since. Classic German tavern decor adds to the friendly, boisterous atmosphere and the huge portions and low prices will remind you of years gone by. Check out the happy hour goodies from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Friday. Lift your glass, it’s time to party!

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