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Need a good drinks place

Looking for a full-service bar/grill type place that is OK with people who just want drinks and bar snacks. Would like some atmosphere, maybe a little "romantic". For cocktail hour on Saturday!

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  1. Yardhouse has good beer but not really romantic.
    McCormicks & Schmicks may fall into that category but I don' think they have happy hour on Saturdays.
    Ciudad in downtown would qualify also. Sit in the patio.

    1. 3rd stop, Village Idiot, Good beer places.

      The Abbey in West Hollywood is romantic ish and has good drinks and food.

      Vertical Wine Bistro, AOC, Lou are wine bars with food.

      Have you considered a tapas place?

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      1. re: Diana

        I agree with all your recs, with the exception of the Abbey. It may look romantic but it's a huge meat-market and the food is only so-so. Hottest gay bar in town, though!

        1. re: Diana

          agreed with hrhboo, on Saturdays (and most weeknights in general) Abbey is a giant meat market - but the other ones are good choices.

          I'd also recommend Magnolia on Lake in Pasadena -- the fries trio & mac 'n cheese are delish (however, varies a bit as to whether it's "romantic") www.magnoliaonlake.com

          A bit classier may be Red White + Bluezz (which would probably feature live jazz on Saturday), also in Pasadena, some creative fusion dishes-- www.redwhitebluezz.com

          ~H.C.
          http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

        2. My new favorite place is the Villiage Idiot. Full bar, decent food, nice crowd and they even have a small lounge in the back that's pretty cozy. If it's nice weather, I always love the Belmont on La Cienega.

          1. The Edison in downtown.

            1. Bar Celona, bar side (next to but separate from the restaurant/bar), old town, pasadena. GReat drinks, sleek space, and you can order off the menu too if you want.