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Party of one for the bar?

Hey guys,

Been eating out alone quite a bit these days, and looking for recommendations of restaurants (other than sushi) where a gal can eat by herself at the bar.

I'd prefer a place that serves food (doesn't have to be the full menu) at the bar and has a good selection of drinks as opposed to a place where you take a number and the food is brought to your table.

Some of my favorites that fit this category are Jar, Lucques, BLD, Cecconi's, Tavern ... but I'm open to all price ranges and types of food. I'm located in West Hollywood, but willing to travel for good food. :)

Thanks!!

P.S. I know there was a thread way back when about solo dining, but I can't seem to find it. Anyone know which one I'm referring to?

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BLD Restaurant
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Lucques
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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  1. Too many to list. I'll stick to downtown and let others chime in on other areas:
    Water Grill, old school bartenders Steve and Peter will take good care of you.
    Church and State, young hip artisan cocktail vibe with great French
    The Must, little wine bar casual and friendly with good food.

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    Water Grill
    544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Wine Bar
    6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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    1. re: cls

      Nobody? OK, since this is one of my favorite ways to eat, I'll move West.
      First, forgot Botega Louie downtown
      For a whimsical decent Thai meal, try the bar at Krong Ted (sp?) on Hollywood next to Jumbo's clown room.
      Both the bars (raw and regular) at Hungry Cat, although their raw bar could use some improvement but it's a nice corner and easy to eat alone.
      Just down the street from Hungry Cat, is The Bowery on Sunset.
      Oh, I got more...

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      The Hungry Cat
      1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

      Jumbo's Clown Room
      5153 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

      1. re: cls

        Ah- totally forgot about Hungry Cat and The Bowery- two of my dependable faves in that area.

        Never heard of Krong Ted- how does it compare to Jitlada/Ruen Pair?

        Any other suggestions? Thanks so much!

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        The Hungry Cat
        1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        1. re: AngelaCh1

          Re Krong Ted: it doesn't really compare in food quality. The food is good (surprisingly) but it's the kitschy atmosphere that makes it.
          Forgot, Arnie Morton's is a good one for a bar meal too. I know it's a chain, but it's got good professional bartenders who will take good care of you.

    2. I think you can eat at the bar at Spago,
      Also Il fornaio in BH has a good bar to eat at.
      Westside tavern in west la would be good.
      Dont forget AOC on third
      Baby Blues BBQ has a decent bar to eat at too although for bbq i usually go elswhere.
      Fathers office in culver city, although getting a spot at the bar can be rough at times.
      Also great NYC pizza, at Joe's Pizza on sunset, or Vito's on La Cienega, I keep both in regular rotation
      Village Idiot is decent, but I wouldnt go there too late.
      Chaya Brasserie off robertson would be a great option
      The Tower Bar in that Hotel on sunset
      Lola's on fairfax is decent
      RH at the Andaz Hotel I have been wanting to try and have heard good things.
      and I even think Comme Ca does too, but I forgot.

      thats all i can come up with off the top of my head for now.

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      AOC
      8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      Spago
      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      Baby Blues BBQ
      444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

      Westside Tavern
      10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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      1. re: ldodb

        Thanks for all the great suggestions- why not Village Idiot late night? Because it turns into a meat market scene? :)

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        Village Idiot
        7383 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

        1. re: AngelaCh1

          exactly. which isn't necessarily bad, but if you're just wanting to eat. my advice would be to avoid that place in the later hours.

          1. re: AngelaCh1

            and I think this link pertains to the last thread you were talking about.

            http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF...

        2. Anisette, AOC, Luna Park and someone would have to confirm but maybe Blue Palms Brew House (I had good food there but at a table and I can't remember how the bar sitting situation is).

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          AOC
          8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          Luna Park
          672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

          Brew House
          229 W Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

          Blue Palms
          6124 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

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          1. re: bad nono

            I didn't know that Blue Palms served food? Will definitely keep it in mind next time I see a show at the Fonda.

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            Blue Palms
            6124 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

            1. re: AngelaCh1

              The food is rather good. I only had specials there, but last time I was there a few week ago we spotted burgers that were really mouth-watering.

          2. Everywhere. But Lucques is the best. I've never not met cool people.

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            Lucques
            8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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            1. re: la tache burger

              agree! Lucques is a wonderful place

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              Lucques
              8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

            2. One of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, and a great place sit up front at the bar if you are there alone, is Animal. Full menu available. Only wine and beer.

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              Animal
              435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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              1. re: Servorg

                I've wanted to go ever since they opened- curious about the poutine! :) I thought there were only like 4 seats available at the bar, though?

                1. re: AngelaCh1

                  It's small. But not normally crowded as most everyone seemed to be sitting at tables when were there.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Agreed! The times I've been at Animal, the restaurant has been full, the bar empty. When my co-worker and her husband go, they usually don't have reservations, and it works out!

              2. I used to do this ALL the time, and I started a thread about this several years ago also.

                One place that I really like for this type of dining is Pizzeria Mozza. Really good and the pretty easy to get a seat at the bar as a single.

                Also, I second the recco for Water Grill's bar.

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                Water Grill
                544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                Pizzeria Mozza
                641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                1. Grace on Beverly also serves a full menu at the bar and the bartender is lovely! Absolutely one of my gotos for a nice evening of good food on my own (we all need one sometimes!).